Avengers- Age Of Ultron Review

The much-anticipated ‘Avengers- Age of Ultron’ is finally here, leaving kids screaming with joy, comic fans screaming with approval, and parents screaming like kids. That’s a lot of screaming… but then, there’s a lot going on in the movie.

Director Joss Whedon, who sent the Marvel fan base rocketing with the previous Avengers movie, attempts to, and succeeds to do it again. The movie reunites the previous cast of Robert Downey Jr. as the beloved, classy Iron Man, Chris Evans as good Ol’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor –the god of lightning and old English, Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow- the spy who fights aliens alongside gods (did she sign up for that?), Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who shoots arrows and does practically nothing else, and Mark Ruffalo- who, when ‘goes green’, doesn’t attempt to save the environment but instead destroys it.

The reunion of the earth's Mightiest heroes
The reunion of the earth’s Mightiest heroes

This movie smashes the characters we love, headlong into another set of characters, whom we grow to love; namely Quick Silver, the Scarlet Witch, and the Vision, each displaying greater powers than the other. And then, as the title conveniently conveys, there is Ultron himself. Created to be an artificially intelligent program by Tony Stark in order to ensure world peace, the outcome is inevitably obvious. Ultron has his own version of peace in which the human race is forced to evolve or be sent into extinction, and in which a new race of robots take over the world. He can’t tell the difference between saving the world and destroying it, and it is up to the Avengers to stop him from doing so.

Ultron is a formidable foe. He is a program, so he can access every nook and cranny of the Internet, as well as send his essence into other robots. He binds his robot body with vibranium- in comic lore, the strongest metal in the world. But, when brought to life by the voice of James Spader… ooh, he just becomes downright sinister.

That dialogue will give me the creeps for all eternity…

Avengers 2 also possess some pretty intense action sequences, with stunning CGI and super slow motion too. The great thing about this is that all the characters have a slice of time to shine (by bashing the bad guys), even heroes such as Hawkeye who didn’t get much attention in the earlier film. The bad thing about this is that it leaves the audience so enthralled and thrilled that their hoots of glee continue even after the scene is over. Along with the usual snide remarks and the rib-tickling banter between characters, typical of what we’ve seen so far of Joss Whedon, it establishes itself as good entertainment.

But, is it a good movie?

Well, in my opinion, as a standalone film, its not that great. It merely serves as a build up towards the forthcoming movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and serves as connection points to what will happen then. With too many references to the future, for example, we already know that in this movie the characters will emerge virtually unscathed (all of them…?), and this ultimately decreases Ultron’s potential as a villain. We also end up dreaming about what is yet to come, rather then seeing what is happening right in front of us. Kind of like how I dream about the end of chemistry during chemistry class.

Furthermore, it serves more as a comic book movie than a superhero action blockbuster, which is great for fans (myself included) that notice the Easter eggs littered around. However, what about the casual moviegoers just looking for a piece of good action and humor? They’ll get their fair bit of enjoyment I’m sure, but when they go home, if the only thing they remember is the Hulk smashing Iron Man, we may well wonder what the hype was all about.

You should notice that I said ‘may’. That’s because I hope that not all the people who go to the cinemas are ignorant about the true meaning of AWESOME!!!!

All said and done, it’s an Avengers movie, people. It may not have been as globally endearing as the previous one, but it’ll scoop up buckets of fans (not to mention cash) for its epic action, punch lines, and Ultron himself.

You have to like an Avengers movie. I know I did. After all, they are the Earth’s mightiest Heroes.

Fast and Furious 7 Review

I recently saw the new Fast and Furious movie in the theatre.

Although I had originally planned not to, as in my opinion, all there were to the earlier issues of the franchise were fast cars and clichéd dialogues, this movie’s trailer was simply too cool to miss. It showed us that other than the terrifically loud sound of the revving of an engine, we would also be exposed to mindless, impossible action sequences. Hats off to the team that put the trailer together; they sure know how to attract us stupid teenage boys!

The trailer filled my whole body with adrenaline, and my brain with disbelief, and so, I sauntered into the theatre, my body tingling with anticipation. Thankfully, the nonsensical movie did not disappoint.

Fast and Furious 7, directed by James Wan and starring Vin Diesel (the deepest voice ever), Jason Stratham (a British killer), Dwayne Johnson (one word- BIG), and the late Paul Walker (who ironically died in a high-speed car accident), is basically a revenge story. Stratham is the ‘big, bad bro’ of the villain of the previous movie. He wants revenge against the Toretto crew (sorry, family) for murdering his brother, and resolves to hunt them down, one by one. He is supposed to be a shadow, yet practically everyone knows who he is. The rest is pretty simple- the crew, in order to ensure their family’s survival, must in turn stop him. They must go for, as Dom (Vin Diesel) calls it- one last ride.

But enough about the story. The action is what makes the movie.

Two cars, going full pelt, slam into each other, and the drivers, apparently unscathed, engage themselves in a fierce street fight, while drones and missiles are firing through the city. A man, in order to save his colleague from a grenade explosion, falls approximately ten storeys from a building onto a car, and only receives a broken arm. In a few scenes later, he breaks his arm cast by flexing his bicep!

Paul Walker practically defies physics by sprinting up a truck as it falls down a cliff, upon which he leaps onto a speeding car. Cars, with their drivers inside, of course, are dropped from a plane, in order to make a quick entrance into a foreign land.

Oh, and Vin Diesel drives a $3.4 million red Lykan Hypersport, supposedly one of only seven others in the world, off a skyscraper. Twice. Although, I must admit, this scene was absolutely spectacular, and sent the entire theatre into a stunned silence, save the frantic thumping of our hearts in our chests.
(This action scene has been said to be the most plausible stunt in the entire movie, and may actually be doable. For more information go to http://www.vulture.com/2015/04/could-furious-7s-skyscraper-jump-really-happen.html )

The car is fearlessly driven off the skyscraper. Fearless, only due to the CGI
The car is fearlessly driven off the skyscraper. Fearless, only due to the CGI.

The idiots face-dive from mountains, crash into each other, smash, bash and wallop one another with a decent amount of loud action sound effects, yet, the baffling thing is they show absolutely zilch signs of injury. Dwayne Johnson drives a van off a bridge onto a missile, and there is not a single scratch, nor an expression of pain on his face. It makes the rest of us who cry out upon stubbing our toe on the side of the bed look bad!

Furthermore, they perform these unbelievable feats with a steady stream of clichéd action dialogues and comical quips- ‘Never mess with a man’s family’, ‘Time to release the beast!’, ‘Daddy’s gotta go to work’, ‘Where’s the cavalry? I AM the cavalry!’ and so on.

Amid all the hair-raising action, the movie also manages to bid farewell to the late Paul Walker, in a remarkable and bittersweet way, which is surprisingly touching. Coupled with the themes of love and the need to protect one’s family, it actually manages to evolve into an action movie with an emotional trump card.

99% Action, 1% Emotion, that is.
Fast and Furious 7 is an exhilarating car race all the way.

A Blog is Born from Boredom

This blog was born from me being bored out of my wits. It wasn’t a waste of time (I hope) because I actually had nothing to do with my time in the first place.

I hope that upon reading whatever I write here, be it about movies, or stories, or pictures, or adventures, you, the reader, manage to feel like it has not been a complete waste of your time, and you actually enjoy it. Or if you have no clue what to do, like me… read it anyway, because seriously, you have nothing to lose!

I have seen in movies and read in books (at least, those all which I have seen or read fully) that in every good introduction, there has to be some jazz and style, which invites and excites the watchers and readers to the point when they are certain that they must complete whatever they have ventured to watch or read. So, without further ado…(queue smooth, snazzy music)

“My name is Rohit, but you can just call me agreatguy. What I’m about to tell you is incredibly confidential, and if word of this reaches the wrong ears, there will be serious consequences. This here is a top secret, covert operation which goes by the name of ‘eventhegreatgetbored’, a blog whose mission is to prevent great guys such as myself from boredom at your, great reader’s, expense.” Queue dramatic Mission Impossible music here. “Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to read the blog.”
Read it, and remember with uncomfortable clarity, how bored you were once, a long time ago. Read it and marvel at the delicate balance of humour and poignancy of a bored kid’s writing. Or read it, and wonder why you are listening to him blabber in the first place.

Its your choice.
Just remember, in the mind of a kid, or an adult, or anyone for that matter, the whole world is their oyster.
In the mind of a bored kid, they are inside the oyster. And they just don’t know the whole world is around them.

And with those sparkling pearls of wisdom, let the journey begin.