Movie Reviews📽: 3 Storeys, Dil Junglee, Tomb Raider, Red Sparrow

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🎥 3 Storeys

Duta Rating ⭐(2/5)
🎬Director: Arjun Mukerjee

This uneven narrative📽 shifts focus between the lives of the residents occupying 3⃣ storeys in a Mayanagar chawl🏬. The first of the three intertwined stories, which is also the most interesting one, is that of a Goan Catholic widow Flory (Renuka Shahane) who's trying to sell her flat🏨. The second, is about ex-lovers Shankar (Sharman Joshi) and Varsha (Masumeh Makhija) who meet under unusual circumstances💔. And the third is about young lovers Suhel (Ankit Rathi) and Malini (Aisha Ahmed) whose interfaith love🕉🕌 isn't accepted and they break up. Among them lives Richa Chadha, the local beauty😻, with a bevy of admirers.

While the film works in parts, it fails to entice as a whole. Renuka is a treat to watch👏🏼 and Sharman is a delight in their encounters, but apart from this narrative, neither of the other holds your interest for very long⏰. You want to empathise with Varsha's plight - her drunken husband🥃 abuses her - but the reason she and Shankar parted ways in the first place is so ridiculous🤷🏻‍♀, you won't be rooting for this jodi either! Just as superficial is the back story of the third narrative🙄.

We got to appreciate the director for infusing the directness of the stories with some suspense🤔 and twists at the end of each. However predictable they are, it somewhat helps to bring out the deceit and drama🤨 that exists in this milieu - which is what Arjun is going for.

The verdict of Arjun Mukerjee's directorial debut🎬 would read akin to a report card of an academically average student👨🏻‍🎓 - good effort, but needs to work hard and improve.

🎥 Dil Junglee

Duta Rating ⭐(1/5)
🎬Director: Aleya Sen

The film industry today has filmmakers going an extra mile to do 'different' and 'experimental' movies. But Dil Juunglee can boast of nothing new except for its female lead's name - Koroli Nair aka Koro 👓. The movie has no new concept and the writer (also the director) even refused to give a 'twist' to the age-old 'rich girl meets poor boy' plot.

Koroli Nair (Taapsee Pannu) is the daughter of a successful industrialist 👨🏻‍💼. Her ambitions are simple - to pursue literature 📚 and to lead a happy married life 👫. Sumit Uppal (Saqib Saleem) is a struggling model who is an aspiring Bollywood actor as well 🕺. The two meet and guess what happens ❓ They fall in love ‼ Destiny however has different plans for them and the couple parts ways 💔.

As typical as would be, fate brings them back together. Nerdy Koro 👓 is now a successful businesswoman 👩🏻‍💼 and Sumit is onto fulfilling his dreams as well. Shot in picturesque locales of London, the second half of the film has some captivating visuals 🤩.

The movie is a classic example of how despite having actors of extraordinary calibre, if made with a poor screenplay in hand, nothing will be able to save it.

🎥 Tomb Raider

Duta Rating ⭐(1/5)
🎬Director: Roar Uthaug

Lara Croft (Alicia Vikander)🥊, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits😰 when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

You'd be on track if you're wary of watching this reboot of a video game🎮 + pre-loved movie franchise. While Angelina Jolie's Lara Croft was full of adventure this one here seems bland😑 in comparison. There's a tepid treatment of a father-daughter bond👨‍👧 that is unfortunately at the film's core, when all you'd asked for was a weekend action/adventure⚔ flick that's not nauseatingly laden with VFX🖲🖥.

Which leaves this poorly constructed screenplay leaning heavily on Vikander's chiseled shoulder💪🏽. She kicks ass but this origin story doesn't run deep. It's as lukewarm as Assassin's Creed🗡 the film, which incidentally starred Vikander's husband Michael Fassbender.

🎥 Red Sparrow
Duta Rating ⭐⭐(2/5)
🎬Director: Francis Lawrence

This story of a Russian Prima ballerina-turned Sparrow School alum-turned sexy spy🕵🏻‍♀, Dominika Egorova (Jennifer Lawrence), who falls for a CIA officer (Joel Edgerton)👨🏻‍💼 and considers becoming a double agent, is soooo stretched, it should have been called Dread & Harrow😵.

Dominika's injury leaves her incapable of continuing her dazzling ballet career💃🏻 and thus risks losing the care provided for for her ailing mother😷 by her company. In comes her uncle Vanya Egorov (Matthias Schoenaerts) who offers to support her mother💉, provided Dominika trains in the art of seduction at the Sparrow School🔥, to entrap politicians. She's then assigned to an American agent🕵🏻‍♂ Nate Nash who's working with an unknown Russian mole. But slowly, things get too complicated for Dominika, Nate and the audience to handle🙈.

Francis Lawrence employs the same treatment in this A-rated film that he used in the Hunger Games🏹 series - a gloomy film with a brooding protagonist. Once again Lawrence bases his film on a book trilogy📚, this time the first of Jason Matthews’ novels. But here, it comes off as juvenile👎🏽.

J-Law's sparrow fails to fly free; she's packaged well in those sexy clothes👗 and alluring eye make-up👁 but is weighed down by a lacklustre screenplay. Her Russian accent is on point and we're left wishing her humaneness-devoid sparrow🐧 was less cold and more relatable.

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