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The Martian: Science fiction movie for the common man

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The Martian movie posterStory

“During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive.

Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring “the Martian” home, while his crew mates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney’s safe return.”

Director:Ridley Scott
Release: October 2015
Writers:Drew Goddard (screenplay), Andy Weir (book)
Stars:Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig

My Thoughts

First day, first show! I had never done that till I watched The Martian. I didn’t realize this until we were half way through the movie.

The Martian was a book which I had planned to read after seeing few great reviews, but I never actually got to getting a copy of it to read. I ordered the book yesterday, but didn’t have the patience to wait to see the movie after reading the book. So we just saw the movie.  We don’t watch movies in theaters regularly, but I didn’t want to miss this one after I missed watching Gravity and Interstellar in theaters.

Now over to the movie.

The Martian is an amazing movie. I don’t know how much the movie varies from the book but I am assuming that there are not much variations from the original story written by Andy Weir from what I read from Wikipedia. When I was watching the movie I was awestruck  by the wonderful story that is being played out in front of my eyes. I was blown by the concept, the thought process applied by Mark Watney and other geeky stuffs like making water which made this a brilliant science fiction movie, and that too without breaking my head with all the scientific facts. Hats off to Andy Weir!

Matt Damon as Mark Watney has once again proved what a great actor he is. I am sure that this role would be something that he will be really proud forever. I had found it a bit funny when I read that a person of Indian origin is not playing the role of Vincent Kapoor. But when I actually saw Chiwetel Ejiofor playing Vincent Kapoor, I feel quite different. The only Indian whom I think can pull such a role would be Irrfan Khan, but when you consider the screen time involved, I think Chiwetel Ejiofor was a  good choice; I found him awesome as long as I didn’t think of the name of the character played by him – Vincent Kapoor :P.

Jessica Chastain may be considered as the female lead, Commander Lewis who decides to abort their mission and leave back to Earth when the mission is threatened by a severe dust storm. One of the most beautiful scenes of the movie happen when Commander Lewis and Mark Watney float in the space just after he was rescued by his original crew.

The Martian is a funny movie which got the geeky stuff correct too. It is rare that a sci-fi movie has a funny narrative. This one seriously does and few things that Mark does out of desperation leaves you chuckling. I loved that about the movie. What wants to see a serious movie with lots of sad stuffs?

The Martian is a must watch according to me…

Personally I am done with 3D movies in Bangalore. I don’t think it is worth the extra cost to watch most of the 3D movies in theaters which are not well equipped to bring out the quality of the 3D technology. I didn’t feel that I would have missed out much if I had watched The Martian in 2D in the same theater.

Have you seen The Martian? Have you guys read it? Do let me know. I am still in two minds if I should read the book as soon as I get it. What do you guys think? Should I read it right away? Is the movie better than the book?

Verdict: Must watch. The Martian – Flawlessly made science fiction movie with lots of funny & happy moments.

Alfred Hitchhock’s Adaptation of Rebecca (1940) – Movie Review

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Cover of "Rebecca"
Cover of Rebecca

Recognition and Awards:

IMDB Top 250 – #123
Oscar 1941 – Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Oscar 1941 – Best Picture

Joan Fontaine – Nominated for Oscar – Best Actress in a Leading Role

Watching Alfred Hitchhock’s adaptation of Rebecca was a natural progression after reading the book  Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. I was too curious to see how someone can give life to all those characters – Mrs Danvers, Max de Winter, Mr Crawley and the most importantly the second Mrs de Winters.

Joan Fontaine has done an awesome job of portraying Mrs de Winters and I would say that there could be no other actress who can achieve what she has to done to the character of the protagonist in Rebecca. Unfortunately Daphne de Maurier thought it was ok not to have a name for the narrator. Different right?

Joan Fontaine is the heart and soul of the movie and all other characters are just there to fill the frames..which apparently includes Mr de Winter. Mrs Danvers the housekeeper played by Judith Anderson is the only other notable character on which Alfred Hitchhock had decided to dwell upon.

Joan Fontaine was nominated for Oscar award in 1941 for Best Actress in a Leading Role and Judith Andreson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for their respective roles in Rebecca.

Movie Vs Book

Alfred Hitchhock has done an almost close adaptation of the book, but there is a major change in one particular detail regarding Rebecca’s death that he chose to differ from the book. The rest of the movie has few changes to make things more clearer to the viewer who has not read the book. 

Verdict: This is a good adaptation in Black & White. But the book is certainly better :) Worth watching to see Joan Fontaine as Mrs de Winters.

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Water For Elephants (2011) – Movie Review

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Water for Elephants (film)
Water for Elephants (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Star Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz.
Director: Francis Lawrence
Current IMDB Rating: 6.9

This was a movie that I very much looked forward once I finished reading the book by Sara Gruen. My review : Water For Elephants.

Water for Elephants is a movie about a vetenerary college dropout who jumped the train of Benzini Brothers circus and find himself in a different world. He finds a lot of people who lives by entertaining people with their tricks. The owner of the circus is too happy to employ a college educated veterinarian. He is attracted to the beautiful Marlene who also happens to be the wife of August, the circus owner. 

I loved the initial part of the movie, especially the colorful Benzini brothers, the details about Jacob’s family, the introduction of Marlena etc. The vintage look give the scenes quite a lot of charm. All that you imagine about a circus comes live when you watch the movie.

Thoughts

I felt very disconnected while watching the movie because I couldn’t make much sense of the scenes as compared to the book. Lots of thoughts, lots of emotions got lost in translation. There were some beautiful scenes, but I was not convinced about the chemisty between Jacob and Marlene which also happens to be one of the core theme of the story.  May be I was too obsessed with the story line that I felt disconnected with what I thought as random scenes from the book depicted as a movie.

Movie Vs Book

There are few deviations in the movie from the original story in the book. August is not the owner of the circus as per the book, but there is Uncle Al who owns it and August is the head trainer. In all other means, the movie has stayed faithful to the book. 

Verdict: Liked it very much, though I found the book to be better… 

What is your opinion about the movie? If you have seen the movie and never read the book, did you feel the disconnection?

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The Lincoln Lawyer(2011) – Movie Review

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The Lincoln Lawyer (film)

I usually prefer to read the book before watching the movie, but my hubby is quite obsessed with Michael Connelly that he had to watch the movie right away. The Lincoln Lawyer is a movie based on the book by the same title by Michael Connelly ( Mickey Haller #1). Mickey Haller happens to be the half-brother of the much celebrated police detective character Harry Bosch created by Michael Connelly.

Mickey Haller played by Matthew McConaughey gets his name as the Lincoln Lawyer because he runs most of his cases from his Lincoln car. Mickey considers himself to be lucky when he is asked to represent a wealthy real estate agent Louis Roulet,   who is accused of brutally assaulting a prostitute Reggie at her own apartment. Louis tells Mickey that the prostitute had invited him to her house and he was assaulted once he entered her apartment. Louis claims that he is totally innocent and Reggie has come up with the false accusation to extradite money from him.

Mickey Haller prepares the case of Louis believing his innocence, but things doesn’t look so rosy when he finds that the bloody knife retrieved from the crime scene belonged to Louis. He is astonished when he finds a similarity between Reggie’s bruises and that of the victim of his another client Martinez. Mickey realizes that Louis could actually be guilty of the assault and possibly the murder of another prostitute for which Martinez is serving life imprisonment. Mickey regrets the fact that he didn’t believe Martinez when he pleaded innocent with him and he is determined to save Martinez out of the jail.But  will his client-attorney confidentiality destroy his chance for revealing the information about Louis ?

I hope I didn’t give away enough of the story by now. Anyway I should say that I enjoyed watching every bit of this movie. Matthew McConaughey has done an awesome job as Mickey Haller. Ryan Philippe is another awesome actor who was convincing in his role. The story is fast paced and I liked the direction by Brad Furman very much. There are not much twists and turns in the story after Mickey realizes that Louis could be guilty. But it was just fun to watch how he nails Louis without compromising the client-attorney confidentiality.

At this point I am not able to tell how much justice this movie did to the actual story written by Michael Connelly since I haven’t read the book. That doesn’t matter since I enjoyed the movie very much.

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