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Movie Review

PROLOY

Director: Raj Chakraborty
Writers: Raj Chakraborty, Padmanabha Dasgupta
Stars: Paran Banerjee, Mimi Chakraborty, Parambrata Chatterjee, Saswata Chatterjee
Length: 104 min
Strength: Focus
Weakness: Commercial approach
Showbiz Rating: 2/5

PLOT: Braveheart Barun Biswas, who raises voice against numerous gang rapes in a village. Barun with his team forms a forum named 'Jagaran Mancha' and stands against all odds and forced the law to arrest the culprits.
REVIEW: Proloy spoils the story at the very first scene. Halfway through, we find the reason behind the spoiler; to introduced a 'semi anti-hero'. First half of the movie is about Barun Biswas (Parambrata Chatterjee) who carries the storyline with a fast pace that often feels too it is done in a hurry. The director wants to get the Barun segment to get it over with and introduce new characters. The protagonists are not well developed and fail to make any lasting emotional impact on the viewer. Mimi Chakraborty's character appears to be an important one, but again, her character lacks any background to make the viewers have empathetic. Saswata Chatterjee shows up later in the movie with a superhero style, too witty and smart. He plays a typical commercial hero role, who always seem to be at the right place at the right time. Paran Banerjee plays a vital role with an over-melodramatic style. Director Raj Chakraborty is known for his commercial movies. This time he has come up with a movie with a crucial social message presented in a commercial style. With its share of cinematic excellence, Proloy is a short time touching film.

Reviewed by Zia Nazmul Islam

***

CHILLAR PARTY

Directors: Vikas Bahl, Nitesh Tiwari
Writers: Vikas Bahl, Vijay Maurya, 2 more credits »
Stars: Aarav Khanna, Chinmai Chandranshuh, Divji Handa
Length: 130 minutes
Strength: Acting, technically sound
Weakness: Too long for a children's movie
Showbiz Rating: 3/5
Plot: When the Minister of Welfare makes eradicating stray dogs his mission in a self-serving publicity grab, a gang of feisty kids forced to face the big bad world of politics.
Review: There aren't many acclaimed movies that are centered on children. A song in the movie aptly sums up its core with its lyrics- if ants take a united stand, they can even scare an elephant. The film is funny, heartwarming, sad, and exultant at the same time. It displays the fighting spirit in children, which is by no means any less than that of an adult. Kids will appreciate the relatable humor, pranks, and kicks of these neighborhood boys in their journey of learning compassion while the parents will appreciate the positive messages about community, friendship, and activism. One drawback of such a well-crafted and moving story is that at 130 minutes, it could be a challenge for children to finish the film.

Reviewed by Sadia Khalid

***

THE WOLVERINE

Director: James Mangold
Writer: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto
Length: 126 mins (theatrical), 138 mins (director's cut)
Strength: Action and fight sequences
Weakness: Plot and irrelevance to the iconic Marvel character
Box Office: 414 million US$ (budget 120 million US$)
Star Showbiz Rating: 2.5/5
PLOT: Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine, as a breakout star of the X-Men. He fights ninjas when he is summoned to Japan by an old acquaintance, discovering himself entangled in a conflict that forces him to confront his own demons.
REVIEW: Logan with his long claws and hair teased up has a powerful presence; not to mention that Hugh Jackman is in his best physical shape as Wolverine is this one. However, being an avid fan of the X-Men series, I found this particular sequel of the saga rather disappointing. With miscasted characters, the plot feels forced, much like 2009's X Men Origins: Wolverine. With nothing attached to the true comic arc and Jean Grey's presence via hallucinations that is redundant, the movie fails to craft a truly engaging story. It has a tight script focussing on Logan as the Wolverine and not so much the X-Men. Its fun to watch Logan's love and hate relationship with his super powers, and the major villain in this film isn't the ninja's or Silver Sam, it's Logan himself! So, if you're looking for an earth-shaking plot, this movie is a must-skip.
However, with that being said, this movie is still better than the first Wolverine movie, thanks to this being the first movie that shows Wolverine to be the animal that he is, showing his rage-driven limb-severing claw action like never before. Especially if you watch the director's cut (unleashed version); which adds 12 minutes of pure action to the theatrical release. Blood in general is something to note for in this unleashed version, which makes it easy to forget that Wolverine's acts of violence have more or less been bloodless throughout the X-Men films. Not anymore. What also makes the movie worth your time is the post credits scene (a trademark of every Marvel movie), which teases a very interesting tie-in to the next X-Men film set for release in 2014, based on the 'Days of Future Past' comic arc which brings the senior X-Men leaders and the ones from 'First Class' together!

Reviewed by Khan Nahida Moushumi

 

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