Tuesday , 26 March 2019


Being A Sport

Film: Soorma

Cast: Diljit Dosanjh, Tapsee Pannu, Angad Bedi

Directed by: Shaad Ali

Duration: 2 hr 8 mins

Rating:  * *


Soorma is the biopic of the Indian hockey player and captain, Sandeep Singh who had one of one the most remarkable come backs in sports. While the ace drag-flicker may not exactly be a household name (blame it on the domination of cricket in India), and the story is told in such a stereotypical fashion, that it ends up being more of a Bollywood film than a biopic – there is a song for every occasion here, rejection, selection, dejection – they break out into a song.

Make no mistake, there is an inspirational story on hand here except that it is told is a fairly clichéd manner.

Diljit Dosanjh plays Sandeep Singh, who hails from a small town in Haryana. Born in a modest family, his brother (Angad Bedi) and he both play hockey though the former takes it more seriously. Sandeep starts taking more interest in the game, thanks to Harpreet (Tapsee Pannu) a hockey player herself, for whom he develops a soft corner. Thanks to his drag flick skills, hard work and talent, his professional career is on the upswing and ditto with his love life almost for the same reason.

In a freak accident, he gets shot in the ribs and he is confined to the wheelchair. For a change, we see federation officials who go out of their way to help a sportsperson. The chances of Sandeep coming back on the field were next to zero but after more than year in rehabilitation and extreme determination, he was back and brought laurels for the country.

The screenplay is as flat as soda that has been left open, there aren’t any conflicts or resolutions and even that doesn’t matter, there are too many tropes in the film. There are some elements which work, like the relationship between the two brothers. The on field hockey doesn’t really score either – there is no palpable action and you know exactly how it is going to play out.

There is certain sincerity with the film although intentions don’t necessarily translate into a good film.

On the acting front, Diljit Dosanjh is eminently likable in the lead role, both on and off the field. Angad Bedi usually gets to play the bad guy but here he proves that he can play the other side of the spectrum as well, with conviction.

All in all, Sandeep’s story had my sympathies, the film, not so much.


Quantum Mechanics

Film: Ant-man and the Wasp

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas

Directed by: Peyton Reed

Duration: 2 hrs

Rating:  * * *

First it was Ant-man (2015) and then came Deadpool (2016), the two super heroes who would mock themselves with Iron man not too far behind. With a plethora of super hero films, (this is the 20th in the Marvel cinematic universe) they were a welcome change because they wouldn’t take themselves too seriously.

Ant-man and the Wasp is more of a sequel to Captain America Civil War than the first Ant-man film. There are enough comic situations here to help the film sail through although not sure if a physicist will understand all that frequent talk about quantum realm and quantum entanglement. Ant-man at one point even rightly asks why the word “quantum” is used in front of everything.

Initially, we learn about how Hank Pym’s (Michael Douglas) wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) gets caught in a sub-atomic quantum realm also known as limbo, while trying to save a missile from causing destruction. To the world and to their daughter Hope aka Wasp (Evangeline Lily), she is dead but Hank is hopeful that he will to travel through this quantum of menace and bring her back.

Scott Lang aka Ant-man (Paul Rudd) is under house arrest after incidents relating to Captain America. He discovers that he is quantumly entangled with Janet and realises that she is very much alive. Hank, Hope and Lang then have to team up to fight the authorities and Bill (Lawrence Fishburne), Hank’s erstwhile partner and a former SHIELD agent, to bring Janet back, in cahoots with Ava aka Ghost, who can pass through anything because of her molecular instability. She is the one most desperate and is looking for cure, hence her interest in Janet.

Given that the primary characters can shrink themselves, automatically give scope for humor and that comes in handy in the action and chase scenes as well.  Not just the shrinking, couple of times he becomes giant sized and the scene where he uses a truck as a skate board is hilarious.

On the whole, Ant-man and the Wasp delivers what is expected of it.

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