Monday, 26 September 2016

Movie Review: Bridget Jones's Baby

Bridget Jones’s magic lies in giving us a portrayal of ourselves on screen, struggling with weight, self-worth, and love. Does it actually work when Bridget has 2 similar good men fighting over her, possesses a good job, an array of decent friends, and is ultimately pregnant?

The good news is that the film is absolutely there when it is to have the best laughs out of awful romantic situations and that Zellweger returned in the scene unaffected by the new controversy on her, embracing it, given the name geriatric mothers.

Charming as Dempsey is, in spite of being a mathematician who has made his economy by calculating the quantum equations for love, it is not clear what actually attracts him to Bridget. The film does no effort to pose a relationship that is, after all, meant to establish a competition to Mark, the boundless Mr Darcy of Pride and Prejudice.
Helen Fielding, the writer of the books on which the films are based and Maguire; the director has co-written the script.

Once the film is in the latter months of pregnancy, and Bridget continues to remain confused among Mark and Jack, who really fathered her child, the film leaves the fun zone, takes you to the world of disbelief. And that is too in spite of Thompson having the hands-down no-nonsense and hilarious gynecologist guiding the 3 of them along.

Active Consulting reviews: Bridget does not experience an easy time bearing that child. Still, for the rest of us, it is really a labor of love.

Sunday, 18 September 2016

Sully : Movie Review

Starring: Tom Hanks and Aaron Eckhart in the major roles

Director: Clint Eastwood

Through the eyes of Active Consultants, Sully deserves a 4 star for a real life story and not-boring repetitions. Chelsey ‘Sully’ Sullenberger is a pilot, and a thumping good one at that. A nice and average family man of strong beliefs he becomes an accidental hero in January 2009 by landing a plane on the frozen Hudson during an emergency. Based on real life story of Sully, the movie divulges the story behind ‘Miracle on the Hudson’ of a US Airways pilot who landed a plane with both its engines dead on the frozen river without a single casualty, an unbelievable feat which stunned the world and filled people with awe.

This ninety-minute story derived out of the 208 seconds of heroism isn't about the glory, but about the trials,Sullenberger faces after saving lives.
The movie begins with Sully at the peak of his PTSD suffering from violent flashbacks projecting what could have happened if he hadn't chosen to land on the river. He is suffering from doubts too as the aviation board inquiry tries to determine whether or not he did the right thing.
Sully and his First Officer, Skiles (Aaron Eckhart), are ruthlessly interrogated while they become overnight heroes. While trying to convince the board, a new discovery is made: the investigators are told by engineers that one of the dead plane's engines may not have failed, unlike what the pilots had claimed, with Sully saying, “Engineers are not pilots. He digs a deeper hole by saying that he didn’t go exactly by the rulebook, but rooted on his 42 years of experience and just “eyeballed” it.
The movie is predictable but fresh. Inspired by non-fictions (biography) the story ends well.

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Movie Review: The Light between Oceans

This romantic period drama film written and directed by Derek Cianfrance is based on the 2012 novel by M. L. Stedman. It got mixed reviews. The film unfolds the story of a lighthouse keeper and his better-half who rescued and adopted an infant girl afloat at sea. Later, the couple finds the child's original parentage and are indulged in the moral dilemma of their actions.

The Active Consulting reviews that the film; a stately dressed, slightly removed in time, and rooted in a quieter ecstasy. Here the bond of love leads to something implacable in its darkness. At this point, it may seem an exaggeration to compare Cianfrance to, say, Ingmar Bergman, although he has not achieved any status like that, but it is no overstatement to say that the two are matching spirits. The Light between Oceans has a great deal of amazing seacoast symbolism, once you remove the calendar art; it is completely a Bergman type soap opera.

The Light between Oceans grows into a parental sort of love triangle. There are Tom and Isabel, and there is the other Hannah; the other woman, who is the infant girl’s biological mother. It is a harrowing situation, and the clout of the drama is that Cianfrance, as a filmmaker, is right at par with anguish. The Light between Oceans closes by taking one too many self-serious turns and twists. The film acquires its darkness, but it may have been even much more affecting if it did not fade from the light.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Movie Review: Skiptrace (2016)

Movie Review: Skiptrace (2016)

Director: Renny Harlin.
Writers: Jay Longino, BenDavid Grabinski.
Time: 107 mins.
Jackie Chan's latest action-comedy movie "Skiptrace" with Johnny Knoxville releases in the US today, while it was released in China for DirecTV on July 28th. In this active consulting review we direct the movie for you.
All the action-comedy enthusiasts are looking forward to this movie. But I may burst the bubble. The movie sadly took 2.5 stars from my red pen.
  An air of fatigue surrounds the 62-year-old Chan in the same old plot of "revenging my dead  old partner killed in action" while Johnny Knoxville has to supply the perpetual energy while portraying the unwitting gambler.
  Nine years later, after the colleague dies while asking  Benni (Chan) to take care of his daughter, he is still trying to get Matador behind the bars, all the while  believing him  to be Victor Wong (Winston Chao). Then he and his two colleagues (Shi Shi, Kuo-Pin Chao) bang through an unsuccessful uncovering  raid.
 Samantha (Bingbing Fan) is the dead colleague's daughter who works at a  Macau gambling  den in trying to find some activity that may prove Wong to be her father’s killer. Stupidly enough, she gets involves in a chaos that leads to Yank Connor Watts (Knoxville) witnessing a murder, who then flees to Russian, of course, with the money from the gaming hell. Samantha is then kidnapped and Connor is off to Siberia with Bennie on his trial.
A definite one time watch, “Skiptrace” is a travelogue with comedy as Chan drags Knoxville through Russia, the Gobi Desert both traveling by anything that works. Random incidents happen in the many festivals and events as the tour goes  south to China. Undeniably, there is some action and an eccentric playlist, Skiptrace” is silly lively, funny, and cheerfully dumb  all the while taking the viewer on a trip to central Asia.