Monday, July 26, 2010

Inception

Good movie, but not exceptional. Worth a watch definitely, but couldn't see what was so cult - ish about it.

Its set in a world where people can enter each others dream worlds. One man, with a chip on his shoulder and a ghoul in his sunconsious, is given a job to do in this dream world, who then assembles a team to do it, and how they go about doing it. A sort of sci -fi thriller you can say.  

As for the concept itself, I don't think its particularly new - nn and I looked at each other , said star trek, and sniggered. There was a voyager episode, which had exactly the same group-lucid dreaming, right down to the totem part.  There are lots of movies, which pick similar kind of themes, so I'd say it wasn't totally sensational.

Next for the execution part, again, if seen from a taut thriller kind of view, again good but not sensational, in fact it got to be a bit of a drag in parts where all you saw were exploding things. I remember stifling back a yawn while the wife was whining for the nth time, and the only distraction was more things exploding all around.

And finally the last scene was something screaming out right since the beginning, could've certainly be made more interesting.

All in all, worth a watch, but puhleez if this is a classic, then the standards for classics have fallen abysmally! And people, a little more reading and watching of science fiction please, there's really a rich rich world out there!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Udaan

I quite liked it, and would recommend it highly.

A teenager is expelled from his boarding school, and comes back to a dad he hasn't seen in a while and a step brother he didn't know about. The dad turns out to be more an authoritarian boss than father, ruthlessly dismissive of his writing aspirations.  There's also an uncle living in the city, although, significantly not in the same house. The dynamics of the family, the stand offs, the cross currents, the fights, the changes and adjustments are beautifully handled.

Somewhat gritty and wrenching, and definitely not for light viewing. The small town and bachelor household feel is brought alive and used well. This is not an India of "some time back". Its this very decade, just that not everyone needs to use the "wake up sid" setting, and not everyone lives in a metro  The pace is slow in many places, where many frames seem immobile, I thought those pauses were needed, however its probably not everyone's cup of tea - certainly not the "i need action in every frame, now" crowd, of which i think we had a sample in the hall.

Overall its very realisitc, almost to the point of feeling like a documentary at times. The characters are beautifully etched and very well enacted. The weakest link in my view is the the lead actor, but otherwise quite well done, all the remaining cast were really good. The songs and poems blended in beautifully as well.

One thing probably worth a mention - I remember thinking during the movie that it would resonate more with guys, the cast is almost exclusively male, and there are bits which probably need a shot of testosterone to fully empathise with. Thats something nn also said while we were discussing it later. Still its too good a movie to miss, a lot of it is pretty universal.

A must watch, and I'd like to watch it another time certainly. There's much in it that you can ponder over, I think its much much more than just a "breaking free to chase dreams" movie. And it isn't a simple straightforward one either.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Tired, exhausted and just about fed up... the neverending bills, 'responsibilities', infantile relatives, work, planning, finances, todo lists, provision shopping lists, hospitals, compromises, adjustments, just the grind of day to day existence..

Desperately need a vacation, a break from everything and everyone. And who'd have thought that I say this from the midst of a 10 day break from work. Sigh, when's my quota of TLC arriving? when when?