Film: Justice League
Cast: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller
Directed by: Zack Snyder
Duration: 2 hrs
Rating: * *
After delivering one of the biggest turkeys last year, Batman vs Superman (not forgetting Suicide Squad), DC hasn’t really upped their game. Justice League is just an extension of where they left off last year.
In many way though, this is a unique film – they managed to fit in so much mumbo jumbo in two hours which is no mean feat. It has several gems including “Lasso of Hastia compels you to reveal the truth”, “The parademons have got a scent of the mother box.” While most super heroes are taking the comic route, this one has serious baloney of gargantuan proportions.
This film has been in the pipeline for a while and it should have stayed there or gone back where it came from.
There’s Batman, Superman, Wonder woman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg yet they can’t save this disaster. The basic plot is about Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons who want to take over planet earth through the combined energies of the ‘Mother Boxes’. The Amazons and Atlanteans also have these Boxes but Steppenwolf decides to seize the one that belongs to humans.
At that point I started missing those Chandamama stories which were far more engrossing.
We need a bunch of heroes then to save the earth – So we have Batman (Affleck), Wonder woman (Gadot), Cyborg (Ray Fiesher) along with The Flash (Ezra Miller) who can move at lightning speed and Aquaman (Jason Momoa) who come together to put up a brave but dreary effort. Oh, there is also Superman (Cavill) who returns from the dead. His memory is gone but then there is Lois Lane (Amy Adams, wasted) to remind about who he is – and that he has to join the league. Of all people, it is Batman who proclaims, “We are not enough, the world needs a Superman” and you wonder if he talking about prospective box office collections.
Even Wonder woman who was fantastic in the solo film is reduced to mundane lines and action.
Justice League proves one thing, we are better off without super hero films, especially if there are many in one.
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Film: Tumhari Sulu
Cast: Vidya Balan, Manav Kaul, Neha Dhupia
Directed by: Suresh Triveni
Duration: 2 hrs 20 mins
Rating: * *
There are films where the characters rather than the story dominate over everything else – Suresh Triveni’s Tumhari Sulu is one of them. Vidya Balan shines in the lead role but narrative has its flaws and moves at its own slack pace. But there is something about the character and Balan plays it with élan. You want to cheer for her and you do but that’s about it.
Sulochana (Balan) is a housewife who lives with her husband (Manav Kaul) and teenage son. She is at a stage in life where she wants to get out of the rut and do something. When she sees a couple of airhostesses in the neighbouring apartment, that look on her face says it all.
It doesn’t help that academically, she doesn’t have a lot to show for, “Main 12th fail hoon” she says when the Maria (Neha Dhupia) the boss at a radio station offers her a job as a radio jockey. That part again, doesn’t come off well in the screenplay – it tries very hard to make a point that Solochana has skills to tempt someone to recruit her as a RJ.
Hubby meanwhile has trouble at his workplace and it becomes amply clear how the events are going to unfold. He is jealous of her success not to mention that she talks to strangers on radio in a friendly and occasionally intimate manner.
In her own right, she has a meteoric rise but the characters on the scene and the proceedings don’t go particularly well. For instance her husband’s boss who always makes him work or humiliates him is a one trick pony.
Then again there is a constant urge to break into songs and dances – they don’t fit into the scheme of things at all. The film then rests on Sulu’s character – she looks real as far as her aspirations, ambitions and tribulations are concerned.
Sulu is likable, as for the film, it just about gets there.