Hollywood in 2017: Shots fired, drums roll and heroes arise

Published: 26th December 2017 07:25 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th December 2017 11:38 AM  

2017 was certainly the best year for superhero film fans.Warner Bros. united the Justice League while Fox bid adieu to Wolverine and Marvel Studios sent Spider-Man off on his first official Marvel adventure. Apart from superhero offerings, 2017 was an exciting year for Hollywood fans with more sequels, reboots and spin-offs. (Graphic | Kajol Rustagi)
Get Out: Jordan Peele's directorial debut is a refreshing take on gender race and is packed with all the elements horror, comedy, drama, social satire. The USP being the comedy part which is really subtle yet impactful. Get Out is possibly the best portrayal of African-American experience in recent times. Without having ghosts or sci-fi, the film manages to scare the hell out of us because it talks about something which Americans don't really want to talk about. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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Thor: Ragnarok: For Marvel fans, Thor is bound to get them whistling and hooting at all the fight scenes. This film relies on it's healthy dose of humour. The best acting and most interesting dialogues are, as it appears, reserved for the primary antagonist, Hela. Cate Blanchett renders an impressive portrayal of the former, often overshadowing the star-studded cast in the bargain. If we were to pick a highpoint for Thor: Ragnarok, Blanchett’s performance would be the one we’d choose. The action provides the necessary fillers as we jump from one storyline to the next. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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Wonder Woman: Superhero films don’t usually stand out for their exemplary acting. There have been some exceptions in the past, of course, and Wonder Woman will certainly be included in that list in the days and years to come. In the very first live action theatrical film based solely on the DC Comics character, Gal Gadot puts in a performance for the ages (she portrayed the character in 2016’s Batman v Superman as well). The chemistry shared between Gadot and Pine is also something to behold; the scenes involving the characters’ initial conversations are laced with genuine intelligence and wit. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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Logan: An unusual superhero film. It’s a gritty little film, little in terms of its ambition. It shows that in such films, the future of the world needn’t always be at stake. Sometimes, there are greater things in peril: like the life of a person who has come to mean the world to the protagonist. Sometimes, the greatest battles you have to fight are those that take place within you. Unlike many other superhero films, Logan gets this. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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Coco: The film’s entire story is established in the opening in merely five minutes through animations on handkerchiefs. The plot may seem rather heavy but the beauty is in how Pixar manages to make it seem simple and visually appealing. There’s a beautiful richness about it all that has to be experienced in a theatre to be believed. The colours of the land of the dead, the fluorescent spirit guides, the adorable plump cheeks and beady eyes of the skeletons all make even the land of death seem like a friendly place to live in. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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Gifted: An engaging comedy-drama with warm and heartfelt performances of the protagonists played by Chris Evans and Mckenna Grace. In this touching melodrama, Chris Evans is raising a child prodigy, his niece, Mckenna Grace. The seven-year-old niece is spectacularly gufted at mathematics but becomes the centre of a custody lawsuit as her grandmother demands custody from her uncle. (Photo | Youtube grab)
Spiderman: Homecoming is ultimately a tale of two average citizens: one trying to become a super-hero, the other, a super-villain. Much like The Avengers, the film is all the better for its whistle-worthy moments. Like when Iron Man sends his suit to rescue Peter Parker. These days, when superhero films fail to work, there’s a tendency to quickly conclude that people have had enough, that there have been one too many. Spider-Man: Homecoming shows that a well-done superhero film remains a source of great entertainment. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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Dunkirk: Christopher Nolan’s much-awaited and much-hyped World War II film is as much about the famous evacuation of Dunkirk as it is about the three elements: air (the sky), water (the sea), and earth (land). Epic in scope as we have come to expect a Nolan project to be, Dunkirk will go down as one of the greatest war sagas ever realised on screen. It’s a visually spectacular effort, as most Nolan projects usually are! The feel of crashing planes and aerial attacks is very real thanks to the supreme camera angles and cinematography on display. (Photo | Youtube grab)
The Big Sick: Directed by Michael Showalter, this movie is about the real life story of comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who not just features in the lead role but has also penned the film's screenplay with wife Emily Gordon. It also features Zoe Kazan, Ray Romano and Adeel Akhtar. Anupam Kher starrer 'The Big Sick' has been nominated for an Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG Awards) 2017. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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Everything about War for the Planet of the Apes is intense. Like really, really, really intense. There are so many intensely drawn-out moments, playing on the many emotions that the apes go through, that even the cheesiest of comic elements in this case, an unusually conversant zoo-escaped monkey called Bad Ape end up as unusual relief. Inevitably, War... twists itself into a survival-of-the-fittest scenario. (Photo | Youtube grab)
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