🎥Sachin A Billion Dreams
Duta Rating ⭐⭐⭐(3/5)
When you buy your ticket for this film, you do so with pride and reverence. For, you're about to watch the celluloid commendation of the son of cricket. The biopic too keeps that promise and is an ode to a legend adored by a billion people. All the pivotal junctures of the Master Blaster's life and career are now more larger-than-life than ever before. It's endearing and oftentimes overwhelming, especially when you watch his brother, wife and coach share facets of an icon fans have not been privy to thus far. Emmy-winning director Erskine weaves all this through with a seamless crescendo.
However, the film doesn't bring much to the fore that fans don't already know. What fans would expect is more of the dressing room banter and politics, the Little Master tackling controversies (read Ferrari and match-fixing) and him at his hard-hitting moments in life. What is presented, however, is a well-sieved docu-drama that's politically right and plays safe.
Nonetheless, there's enough and more for you to go, "Sachin... Sachin."
🎬Director: James Erskine
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🎥Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Duta Rating ⭐(1/5)
Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his saboteur Captain Armando Salazar (Javier Bardem), both fight it out for the Trident of Poseidon, a device that can reverse curses. Salazar is a pirate with a ship full of undead crew members and his urgency makes him quite determined. Maybe that's why he is the only freshness in a franchise that's past its expiry date. It's a rehashed script of a rehashed film, done to death. Duta verdict - these dead men indeed tell no new tales.
🎬Director: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
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🎥The Lost City of Z
Duta Rating ⭐⭐⭐(3/5)
The film is based on David Grann's non-fiction book of the same name, about an explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) in the 1900s, who sets into the Amazon jungles to search for a lost civilisation. The film intersperses his journey with the complexities of his personal life. The film is slow moving and a bit stretched at 2 hours and 21 minutes, but the narrative is engaging the visuals engrossing. There's mystery in the film too and Hunnam's character development is befetting of the journey.
🎬Director: James Gray
Duta Rating ⭐⭐(2/5)
In a road trip through Kashmir, a photographer, his friend and an NRI researcher truly discover the beauty of the land of Kashmir and its people. The movie plays out like a propaganda film, glorifying the soil, but conveniently turning a blind eye to its realities. It is interesting when the film delves into the exploration of Kashmiriyat - a term referring to the inherent secular beliefs of Kashmiris. There are a few surprises and good acting, yet this trip loses mileage soon.
🎬Director: Vijay Verma, Imran Khan