Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Inception : My Take

I won't bother with a review as everyone is totally taken with the movie and its director! I will only mention the things I liked about the movie and the questions it raised in my mind.

Things I liked:
1) The performance by all the actors. A special mention to Leonardo.
2) The concept - it must have taken a really long time for Nolan to create a story that makes you concentrate throughout the movie, you really can't afford to miss even a minute.
3)The special effects are just right. Good enough but not so many or so awesome that you lose focus of the plot.
4) Overall, I loved the movie itself

Questions I have

1) Totem: You keep yourself connected to reality using your totem as it will behave differently in the dream world aka the top that never stops spinning. But in a dream world your subconscious believes that the top defies the law of Physics, So what stops your totem from behaving as in reality is that tiny part of your brain, which is aware that you are dreaming. Now If your brain doesn't want to keep track of reality versus fantasy, what stops it from ensuring that the totem behaves exactly as in the real world?

2)Limbo: I understand that Mol in limbo is actually Dom's projection of her. Assuming that Fischer is taken into the same limbo, by Mol to trap Dom and Ariadne is there as she is sharing the dream with Dom but how does Saito come into the same limbo as Dom? or vice-versa? They aren't even connected by the dream sharing machine.

3)The end is left open by Nolan himself leaving 3 questions based on whether the top toppled or not
  • If the top did topple, then how did Dom and Saito escape limbo? (presumably by Saito killing them. But then what about dying in a sedated dream and going into limbo?). Also, why have Dom children not grown at all? (Can be questioned as the time frame of Dom being away from them is not specified)
  • If the top didn't topple and Saito used the gun to kill Dom, then has Dom gone into a further limbo? (Is a limbo within a limbo even possible?)
  • If the top didn't topple and Saito didn't use the gun then where is Saito and how did Dom get away from him?
4) Th time acceleration told by Arthur and the time frame they operate in doesn't add up!
5 mins = 1 hour (Arthur tells)
flight duration is 10 hrs = 3000 mins = 50hrs = ~2.1 days
which means they have just a little above 2 days in the first level
Each level compounds the acceleration so
1st level = ~2 days
2nd level = ~4.5 days
3rd level = ~9 days
4th level(aka limbo) = 18 days
But the say, they have 1 week on the first, 6 months on the second and 10 years on the third!

My Biggest Disappointment
No trouble was taken to explain, how the machine lets you share dreams. A BIG GAP in my opinion and the biggest disappointment of the movie.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Why Housefull worked better then Raavan in the box office

On PFC, a blog post makes an anguished cry that housefull is considered more successful than Raavan (box office collections wise) and how this is all wrong.
I attempted to disagree with the post, but my comment became really long, so posting it as blog post :)
The comment is verbatim.

I disagree with your analysis. Would you compare Home Alone, Titanic and Avatar? Similarly housefull and Raavan can not be compared. Housefull, during its publicity campaign made it totally clear that it was nonsensical film that was made with the sole aim of providing a few laughs, show exotic locations and good looking people on the screen. IMHO it did that perfectly well. Meanwhile Raavan, during its publicity campaign alluded that it will bring forth 1) Ramayana 2) At the very least a villain called Beera and the story of him kidnapping the wife of a police officer 3) It made people believe that this movie will make them think, about interpretations of characters, plots, etc But it did not do any of the above, this movie is a failure because its publicity implied a different genre/ story! Had it been publicized as a story of unrequited love by Beera for Ash's character, it just might have done better. In the end, You should know your target audience and sell your product accordingly. Housefull did it right and Raavan didn't and that is well reflected in box office collections!

Monday, July 5, 2010

I hate luv storys movie review

"I hate Luv Storys" delivers exactly what it promises.. A cliched romance straight out of mills and boon, modified for the Indian palate!

Girl believes in love, Boy doesn't believe in love. boy meets girl, annoys her, then befriends her, makes her laugh, she falls for him. he doesn't realize that he has also fallen for her.. so begin misunderstanding, apologies, going crying to mom's etc, finally both come to their senses and live happily ever after.
But there is a very tiny humorous self deprecation to it which is lost due to all the cliches of Bollywood.
The film on which the pair is working seems borrow a leaf from LSD and mocks 3 bigwigs, Aditya Chopra, KJo and Bhansali. The set designs are straight out of Sawariya and Devdas. The director in the movie is a caricature of Bhansali (whose reaction I am highly anticipating!). The story has no twist what so ever, with the only difference being that in the end hero runs away from airport instead of towards it!

Acting wise, everyone is mediocre. Imran Khan is cocky, imitating Mamujaan frequently but having none of the brilliance of Aamir. Sonam looks pretty but is annoying especially because of her voice. I keep wondering how talented actors don't tell their offspring that they just can't act! The hero in the film inside film is really an ass (words quoted form the movie). Sameer Soni loses it completely trying to present an over the top Bhansali.

The saving grace of the movie... is its music. All the songs are really nice with a light hearted romantic feel to them. Vishal-Shekhar of the old seem to have returned after the recent debacles. My personal favourite is "Bin Tere", Sunidhi does an awesome rendition!

Final verdict... After having panned the film, this may seem contradictory, but I am a girl who loves mills and boon romances, so for all girls who like romances, this movie is definitely worth a one time watch! All guys, like my GUY, if you do take your girl to watch it, take a flashlight and book along else avoid as far as possible!

Rating : 2.5/5
Music Rating : 4/5