Movie Review: Jane Eyre

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Ratings: 4/5
Out of all the classics that I have literally swallowed, Jane Eyre is the one that has remained embedded into my bloodstream without ever leaving or fading into the deep recesses of my heart. I still remember that first copy of the evergreen classic that I had the honour of owning. I was merely ten years old and forever hungry for books, books and more books. Honestly, the reason I choose that book was not just because the synopsis spoke to me, but also because it was the thickest book on the shelf! Oh yes, I wanted the book that would last the longest. And the rest is history.
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Somehow the story of this plain, obscure and intelligent, yet simply marvellous girl made more of a difference in my life than any classic heroine ever had. So imagine my surprise and pleasure when I realised that a thrilling and magnificent movie had been made just a couple of years ago that was bound to revive some of the most heart-touching memories of my childhood.

Jane Eyre the movie is one of the most well made adaptations of the book ever made, or so the ratings suggest. Mia Wasikowska has done complete justice to the role of a plain yet independent governess that is Jane Eyre. Slowly but surely, the movie tugs at our hearts when we witness little Jane’s plight at her aunt’s home, and then at the extremely strict and borderline cruel boarding school named Lowood which she was shipped off to. Soon enough Jane grows into a smart young woman, who is exceptionally skilled at sketching, thus securing a position at Thronfield Hall as a governess.

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Soon Jane encounters the owner of Thronfield Hall, the dark and mysterious Mr. Edward Rochester played by Michael Fassbender, who falls in love with Jane before long. Before long, Jane returns his feeling and they spend some of the most breathtaking and joyous moments on the grounds of Thronfield Hall. However, there is something much more sinister that lurks at Thronfield Hall, and is bound to destroy any chance of happiness they can hope to have as a couple.

The costumes, the pleasing cinematography prove to be such amazing visual treats that the movie manages to take your breath away multiple times. It is everything and more that can be expected from a movie based on a classic novel. If you wish to be transported into a world of green meadows, strong and self made heroines, and men with shady pasts, Jane Eyre has all of that and more to offer.

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Movie Review: The Conjuring

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Rating: 4 1/2 /5
The Conjuring has all the markers of a brilliant horror flick, and the ‘based on a real story’ tag line does nothing to soothe the chills that travel up and down your spine. Right from the first frame of the movie, The Conjuring will grip your nerve endings and keep sending incessant shockwaves through them for the next 96 minutes.

The Conjuring is based on one of Ed and Lorraine Warren’s most horrifying cases. For those of you who do not know the Warrens, they are what we today call ‘ghost-busters’. They have investigated a series of paranormal incidences in their time, and the Perron case in Rhode Island is the one that The Conjuring is based on. 

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Carolyn and Rodger Perron move into an ancient farmhouse along with their five adorable daughters. However, before they can so much as settle in, the supernatural takes over. Seeing no way around it, Carolyn seeks help from Ed and Lorraine Warren, who then figure out that the farmhouse is a part of a 200 acres property that once belonged to a deranged… okay, I am not giving out more than that.

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The Conjuring employs all the old-school techniques that have been used in horror movies since time immemorial, and does so with utter brilliance. The sound effects are magnificent, and the simple yet mystifying performance by all the actors adds to the creepy and deviant aura of the movie. There are some movies that you just cannot miss, so what excuse do you have to miss a movie that comes with this warning:

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Movie review: Man of Steel

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Ratings: 3/5
Okay, so this review is going to be pretty straightforward, as the movie was pretty straightforward too. The movie has a simple plot, and the premise was similar to so many superhero movies. So basically Man of Steel is a resident of the planet Krypton, and he is born at the epicentre of his planet’s destruction. Sent to planet Earth for his own safety and for the survival of his race, he grows up as a regular child hiding his supernatural powers.

Although he and his human parents are well aware of his extraordinary strength and capabilities, he is forced to shroud them so as to not scare away regular human beings, and ensure his undetected existence. But as all superhero movies must have a villain, Man of Steel does too, and he is no other than the mighty General Zod, who is the commander of the military forces of Krypton. He and Man of Steel’s biological father have fundamental arguments about the destruction of their planet and the survival of their race.

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This is the general plot, and then you can guess the remaining. The bottom line is that an alien comes to planet earth, falls in love with the planet and its people, and when his own race threatens the existence of the human race, he does everything in his power and more to prevent that from happening. I liked how they concentrated on his childhood, and showed the struggles he had been through. It was very realistic, and as a viewer you will be glad that they did not portray something as generic and as pathetic as some typical road-side Romeo who suddenly discovers his powers one fine morning on his way to workplace which would of course be a construction site.

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Henry Cavill very well fits the bill of the troubled and brooding youth with a heavy burden to bear. He is good looking, I will give him that, but he is no Benedict Cumberbatch. Yes, sorry, I had to bring that up (not so sorry actually). Michel Shannon has really outshone himself as the mighty and violent psychopath General Zod. Loki, honey, I am sorry, but your fans are going to look the other way when General Zod walks by now. If you are looking for an entertainer with some breathtaking action sequences, then Man of Steel fits the bill. It is spectacular, quite awe striking, and hopefully, maybe, fingers crossed, he could be added to the Avengers team, if anyone from Marvel is listening in!

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 I know not all of them feature in The Avengers, but a girl can hope, can’t she?

Movie Review: Star Trek: Into Darkness

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Ratings: 3 1/2 /5
If the Oxford English Dictionary had to add a new synonym for the word ‘magnificent’, it would be Benedict Cumberbatch. The whole movie watching experience when it comes to Star Trek: Into Darkness starts and ends with him. Right from the first glimpse of his, your heart will thump, hard, like you have been working out for a couple of hours, and won’t stop thumping until the very end of the movie; well, maybe not even then. 

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Benedict Cumberbatch overshadows all the remaining actors on the screen, and you will be waiting for the next time he is a part of the scene. This may sound more like the review of Benedict Cumberbatch’s acting skills than the review of Star Trek: Into Darkness, but that is what the whole movie really comprises of. The storyline of Star Trek: Into Darkness is very reminiscent of any regular sic-fi movie, and although there is nothing wrong with that, we do expect something better from the Star Trek franchise.

The thrills and chills are many, especially when you see Ben in his billowing coat and the signature high cheekbones; you cannot help but think of Sherlock. Every expression of his is a treasure to watch. The way the emotions roll over his face seamlessly, that man might as well have invented the term ‘acting’. Every move of his, his disheveled hair, every word that flows out of his mouth will have you gasping for breath. If you want to keep your heart rate up and rising, then don’t visit a gym, no, just watch Benedict Cumberbatch in action. 

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The mere sound of his voice is enough to bring someone out of an irreversible coma. Such is the enigma called Benedict Cumberbatch. Star Trek: Into Darkness is indeed a good movie to watch and Ben’s presence adds to the reasons that you must watch the movie, come what may. I am going to cut out the scenes that Benedict Cumberbatch is present in, put them together and watch them repeatedly until they transform into the wallpaper of my Mind Palace. Oh yes, I am!

Movie Review: Iron Man 3

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Ratings: 4 1/2 /5
Lo and behold! Marvel’s undisputed king, the knight in shining armor (quite literally), the brilliant billionaire with a philanthropic heart, AKA Tony Stark, the Iron Man. Marvel and Robert Downy Junior have really outdone themselves with the latest installment in the Iron Man series. No Hulk with his badass temper and no Thor with his mother’s drapes even stand a fighting chance against the Iron Man when it comes to naming the ultimate superhero.

Iron Man one was a wonder; one of the best movies in the genre, and then came Iron Man 2 that left a bitter taste in your mouth, like you swallowed a mouthful of blood and could taste ‘iron’ in the back of your mouth. However, there is not even the slightest fraction of room for disappointment in Iron Man 3. There will be moments when your heart will be in your mouth, threatening to pop out, and moments when you will simply dissolve in laughter when RDJ oh-so-adorably displays his quirks. Even Gwyneth Paltrow outshines her role as the CEO of Stark Industries, and divulges deeper into the role of the strong and relentless woman that is worthy of the Iron Man.

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Once the plot has been laid out, and the Mandrin make it personal with RDJ, there is no going back. The movie simply swoops you out of your chair, and sucks you into the movie, 3D or not. This time, there is more of Tony Stark and his never dying and legendary brilliance. Yes, brilliant is the word. There is nothing more entertaining than watching Tony Stark dig deep into his mind and figure out how to make it against the baddies without his suit. He has barely recovered from the incident in the black hole in New York City, and you will want to hold him tight and hug him with all your might when he is having one of his anxiety attacks.There is so much more to say and so much more to give away, but I am not going to give you any spoilers and paint a target on the back of my head.

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All I can say is that the end of the movie is like a million stars and meteoroids all crashing down to the earth, creating a spectacular vision that will stay with you for a long time, even after you may have exited the theater. There is no watching this movie just once; it would be a shame to watch it just once. Fans are going to watch this one over and over again until it is seared into their memories for good; well, I have done it twice already. Pause whatever the hell you are doing, and watch Iron Man 3, it is worth it.

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