1. The Secret Garden Movie Review : A visually rich razzle-dazzle of imagination.
REVIEW: It’s the eve of the India-Pakistan partition in 1947 and 10-year-old Mary Lennox (Dixie Egerickx) has just lost both her parents. But she hasn’t lost her will to live or her aristocratic ways. She doesn’t eat the food that is below her taste and expects to be dressed up by the servants. She is placed under the care of her uncle Archibald Craven (Colin Firth) at a lonely and secluded estate called the Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire.
Surrounded by nothing but the haunting moors for acres, the manor is just as cold as its occupants. While a grief-stricken widower Craven keeps to himself, the housekeeper Mrs Medlock (Julie Walters) is stern and uptight. She warns Mary not to go ‘exploring or poking’ around the house, but curiosity gets the better of Mary, when she keeps hearing distant wails in the night. Soon, she discovers her cousin Colin (Edan Hayhurst) – Craven’s immobile son, who is unwell for years. Mary also finds a secret garden, alongside the manor, where she befriends a dog and names it Jemima. The enchanting pull of the garden convinces Mary that it is magical with healing powers. ดูหนังฟรี
Just as Mary’s vivid imagination, director Marc Munden and his team give us a deeply mesmerising fantasyland that is replete with colourful flora and fauna, flowing streams, morning mist and lush green trees. The mystery of what exactly the garden stands for, keeps the viewer invested in Munden’s slowly unfolding family drama. From Mary’s perspective, we get to see a curious unraveling of the various facets of the garden and also a deeply dysfunctional family.
2. Breaking News In Yuba County Movie Review : A Narrative Mess.
Review: Sue is a suburban wife who lives in obscurity. She is a pushover, to the extent that both her husband Karl (Matthew Modine) and sister Nancy (Mila Kunis), forget her birthday. So, when her husband dies, Sue decides to get her 15 minutes of fame with local news personality Gloria Michaels (Juliette Lewis). However, she doesn’t realise that Karl has been up to no good, and some goons like Mina (Awkwafina), are out to get him. Soon enough, the yarn spins out of her control and Sue finds herself in over her head.
Equipped with many talented performers, the plot sounds straight out of a Coen brothers’ film. Sadly, it’s quite a narrative mess, because the characters are not fleshed out well enough to care. Very few of them have any redeeming qualities. Despite the cast’s best efforts, there’s no one to root for, with all the high stakes, twists and turns the film throws at us. This holds true for the main character Sue Buttons. There’s not a moment when the talented and versatile Allison Janney isn’t captivating.
She commands such a strong presence even when she’s meek that you can’t take your eyes off her. Sue makes such outlandish decisions at crucial moments that you’re left wondering if she deserves to get away with it. With the main plot on thin ice, all the numerous subplots get thinner along with it.
3. Monster Hunter Movie Review : Jovovich and Jaa are the saving grace of this mindless gorefest.
REVIEW: Adapted from a video game of the same name, ‘Monster Hunter’ makes no attempt to make any more sense than that. It is a diabolical plot that revolves around Lieutenant Natalie Artemis (Milla Jovovich), who lives in the ‘real world. But while on a mission, a sudden storm transports her. Along with her entire team, to the portal of the ‘new world’. Here, they find the remains of the missing soldiers and their vehicles. The new world is full of gross-looking powerful monsters. Who are born to wreak havoc on the mankind and kill them. It is now a suicide mission, until Lt. Artemis finds the Hunter (Tony Jaa) – a warrior, trained to hunt and kill the monsters.
From a horned, subterranean creature called Diablos to the harmless herbivores called Apceros and the fire-breathing dragon-like creature Ratholos. Writer-director Paul Anderson focuses on bringing alive the imaginative new world of savages, as seen in the video game.
He succeeds in doing that but at the altar of writing and execution, both of which are just enough to merit all the mindless action. Thankfully, it broadens the canvas for a stunning spectacle of visual effects and huge creatures coming at you – the kind of entertainment that is worth the big screen. So what if a strong narrative is an obvious casualty here.