The Watchmen

It’s all joke. Watchmen is one of the most thought provoking graphic novel of our time. Words will not cease, thoughts catch fire. I am more bound to write about the graphic novel than the movie. The movie makes more sense, if you took pain of reading the graphic novel.

The Watchmen is about a group of superheros crafted by legendary writer of the ‘V for Vendetta’ Alan Moore. Being a superhero is so often associated with morality. Alan Moore breaks the chain of morality. The masked men are no longer moral that is why people are asking who watches the Watchmen.

Doc Manhattan, a physicist, whose body withered away in quantum space and the intangible matter comes back. He is blue in color. What does it signify? May be just a color. He is all about knowledge. “Why should I save this world which I no longer have a any stake.”,Doc

Rorschach, my favorite vigilante, who never compromised. Son of a poor mother who grew up hating crime and lived hating it hardly. “You don’t understand, I am not locked here with you, you are locked here with me.”, Rorschach.

Danny boy never forgot that he is no longer a vigilante. Along with Silk Spectre II he rejoins the league of the Watchmen. He Owes his name to his superhero the Nite Owl I. “We used to be a good team. What happened?”,Nite Owl II.

Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias considers himself of the category of the ancient Pharaohs. He is the smartest man on the planet Earth. He is the savior of the world. “Statistically one incident does not mean trend”,Ozymandias.

The Comedian was the beginning, the comedian is the end beacause it’s all joke. If you can see it will all be a joke for your. “Just a matter of time, I suppose.”,The Comedian. SK

Kaminey by AS

A typical Vishal Bharadwaj film, loaded with social messages, political situations which are tied with entertainment. He picked up a few same old ideas and mixed them with recent events to give it a new look. The old ghisa-pita concept of boy meets girl, falls in love, family disagrees- got new face when linked with Maharashtrian and north Indian issue.
It really got support of good acting delivered by Priyanka and Shahid. Shahid seemed to be under pressure all throughout the film, maybe its because he got maximum footage and was trying hard to make both his characters differ from each-other. Priyanka got a strong role who thinks for herself and takes her decision, not very common in Indian films.
Climax was full of blood, bullets and boredom. Knowing Vishal’s capabilities, he Could have done a better job. Songs were decent, one cute and fun number, one song dedicated to social cause of contraception, heavy background score. Costumes were good, priyanka really did look a local Maharashtrian girl with her kurtas and cotton suits. Shahid also looked “chapri” with his kind of ragged t shirts and nylon shirts. Cinematography was commendable. Vishal did a good job in creating a mood of film but still something is missing.AS


Kaminey is a film about two brothers making their way in chaotic Mumbai. Vishal Bharadwaj presents another dark, rather, not so dark drama, but if you call crime and sadism dark then may be its even darker. The film has everything a typical Bollywood film would have. Politicians, cops, criminals, etc. not to mention all are corrupt. The Bollywood is also incomplete without a love story, so, Kaminey has a love story of bubbly Mumbai next door girl Priyanka Chopra as Sweety and supposedly immigrant Shahid Kapoor or Guddu. Guddu’s twin brother Charlie is a horse racing bookie. Rest of the movie is all regular action. A part of the movie is likable but over all film does not deserve appreciation.

Vishal Bharadwaj had made some revolutionary films like Omkara, Makabul, etc. The best thing about those films is that they are though based on Shakespearean tragedy but they are very beautifully represented in Indian drama. I like the way of tragedy, Vishal Bharadwaj shows in his films. It is very similar, in a sense, to the beauty of action in Tarantino’s films. The story of the film is ugly as it ends in a happy bollywood ending. Shahid did a good job, though Omkara and Makabul lacked the glamor, I guess some roles need no glamor. Kaminey has nothing new to show.SK

Lord of War

It is a little late to write a review on a movie which was released in year 2005. Better late than never. Nicholas Cage is famous for his action packed entertaining movies. The Lord of War breaks the stereotype of entertainment and steps into the realms of social cause. The movie has several eye opening issues. The central theme of the movie is who is threat to whom. The five permanent member of United Nations Security Council or the dictators from middle east or the Africa. This movie is a part of a series which is exemplified by Hotel Rwanda, The Last King of Scotland, etc.
Nicholas Cage plays the role of Yuri Orlov, an immigrant who came from hell to hell, an arms dealer. Everybody has a talent said Yuri Orlov. He found talent in selling arms. Yuri takes help of many of his friends and family for setting up his empire, like his brother Vitaly Orlov (Jaret Leto), his uncle Gen. Dmitri Orlov (Yevgeni Lazarev) and his Jewish connections. The role of Yuri’s wife is played by Bridget Moynahan as Ava Fontaine Orlov. He has full support from corrupt government officials and military generals. He is accompanied by his brother Vitaly across the world from Middle East to the Africa. If there is a mouse there have to be a cat. The cat is interpol officer Ethan Hawke, as Jack Valentine, who chases Yuri throughout the world. The story takes a turn when he meets an African dictator, the President of Liberia, André Baptiste Sr.(Eamonn Walker) and his crazy Rambo loving son André Baptiste Jr.(Sammi Rotibi) . One of the few lessons that this fast paced movie gives is never engage. The rule to success is ‘never engage’. Yuri showed no sign of morality in his business. Is there a morality? He just sold the guns.SK