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  • The Man in the High Castle is an extraordinarily well-acted drama, based on the Phillip K. Dick novel of the same name. Their perspectives are unique and interesting, and are what move the show forward in terms of both plot and general regard. I absolutely loved this show. I thought it was beautifully shot and flawlessly executed. The tension was always high, and you could always feel the stakes for the characters.

    That being said, the show is good entertainment with good characters and an interesting premise. I found myself badly wanting to watch 1 more episode, and saddened when I was done with them all. And that's exactly what you want from television. Engaging Entertainment.
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    Season 1 - 9/10

    Man that was some good content i watched in a really long time. The story follows not only these 2 polar opposite detectives in a murder investigation that develops into something more sinister than they anticipated, it also follows their relationship, their personal lives and how it turns out throughout the course if the story. The directing, cinematography, screenplay, all was beyond perfect. And the ending too was phenomenal.

    Season 2 - 7/10

    True Detective remains to be technically brilliant in it's second season. From the cinematography to the memorizing title sequence to the choice of music. While season two doesn't manage to recapture the pure brilliance of season 1, the second season stands alone as a thrilling and riveting crime drama with amazing performances from Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams.

    Season 3 - 5/10

    Absolutely flat, boring and mundane narrative. The so-called "clues" were really red-herrings. As for the character development which is so praised in this season, I didn't feel any emotional connection with any of the characters, neither detectives nor victims. The whole thing started out quite well, but eventually lost all steam.

    The last episode was such a disappointment. Don't even mention the resolution of the story line. They led us down so many rabbit holes to end like this. Not near as good as Season 1 or 2.
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    Hanu Raghavapudi looks at world in wide frames and they almost resemble Mani Ratnam's at times. Destructive love stories are difficult and Ratnam is the boss of the genre, but Hanu manages to almost win this battle with a good score. He creates a fairyland and hits you with a tragedy in the same and that does work well. You feel joyous, elated, sad and at times you are blushing as well while watching it. Imagine that pure and sweet feeling of love that makes you feel your heart is full to overflowing with the effervescent emotions it evokes. The movie is about that love. It also shows that when you have your heart and soul filled with that love and those memories, your life still goes on as that is what your love wants for you. How ever far they are, Ram and Seeta will always unite as only they can complete each other. No love story is complete without soulful music and eternal lyrics which was abundantly present and such perfect rendition of the songs by the singers that all the songs are going to become melodies. But chemistry between hero and heroine is not upto mark, looks very immature and lacks to convince there is great love between them.
  • Review By Kamal K

    What a blast, loved every minute. As Fast as bullet Train, the aura was as smoky and sexy as the actors, the screenplay was as rushing as the adrenaline in my veins, and the song selection was as catchy as possible...This movie had everything that was unexpected from it.

    I especially loved tangerine & lemon - couldn't get enough of their bantering (who should have their own spin off film/tv series). I love that they dove deep into each character and showed us their past so we understand how they became the way they are today as well as why they take certain actions and decisions. If you like action-comedy with a sprinkle of mystery in it, you'll really like this movie. Loved the twists in the movie. You will not be disappointed. The music is fabulous & the Cinematography beautifully captures every moment.
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    A funeral drama, tragicomedy, satire on death, conflict between old and new values and closure...Vikas Bahl's film tries to juggle genres and time. His coping with grief tale with a comic twist has a poignant premise, something it shares with films like Paglet and Ramprasad Ki Tehrvi. Unlike the other two, characters here are one-dimensional and superficial.

    The thought of losing a parent itself is difficult to fathom but the execution struggles to establish a tone. The film shuttles between moods and past-present with multiple characters thrown in and stringing it all together feels episodic and scrambled. There are several emotionally moving and heart-warming scenes in Goodbye, making you tear up every now and then, but the screenplay doesn't let you remain engrossed in them for too long as the misplaced humour chimes in way too often than needed.

    Amitabh Bachchan takes the cake for his sheer sincerity, conviction and blending emotions so well in each scene. Rashmika Mandanna in her debut Hindi film struggles with the accent as she sounds too south for a Punjabi role but gets the essence of her character right. Pavail Gulati, Ashish and Elli have their moments as well. Neena Gupta lights up the screen each time she appears in flashback sequences. Her chemistry with Amitabh Bachchan is endearing. There's also Sunil Grover as the priest who performs last rites. He lifts the storyline from a boring and super dragged first half to a somewhat interesting beginning to the second half.

    Goodbye is loaded with emotions but they don't linger on for too long. It's the comedy that takes over the major part and flaws become too evident to overlook. Still, watch it for a slice of life drama.
  • HIT is a well-made thriller that keeps you guessing till the end, a quality which today's whodunnits seem to have lost. The Rajkummar Rao and Sanya Malhotra-starrer is a throwback to old-school Bollywood thrillers that keep you glued to your seat throughout its 136-minute runtime.

    Director Sailesh Kolanu does well to build the ambience of a thriller, by slowly taking the audience into the dark world of twisted characters. He also tactfully infuses the personal story of his protagonist into the narrative, without deviating much from the core conflict of the film.

    The film's highlight and its biggest strength though is the performance of its lead actor - Rajkummar Rao. Rao has delivered a performance that's not only nuanced but also extremely refined. The varied emotions of loss, anger, grief, and frustration that he shows as Vikram tries to join the dots in this puzzle are simply amazing. Sanya Malhotra doesn't have much to offer as Neha. She goes missing half the time.

    Overall, HIT The First Case is a whodunnit story that will leave you guessing till the end. The build-up is impressive, the investigative part is mind-bending, and the performances are good. .
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    Review By Kamal K

    Director Vasan Bala and screenwriter Yogesh Chandekar inform this stray moment with a delicious mix of wit, wickedness and whimsicality that defines the neo-noir comic thriller as a whole. Full of knowing winks thrown the audience's way, Netflix's Monica, O My Darling, is a wildly entertaining film packed with twists and turns that keep on giving until the final fadeout.

    Firstly, the music director Achint Thakkar needs to be appreciated for the diverse retro-style music which was carried throughout the film. This gives a completely new feel to the film altogether. In addition, the background score enhances the excitement, especially in the second hour.

    Rao and Qureshi are superb, especially Qureshi who delights in playing an object of desire but imbues her with depth. Many of the supporting cast members are also cast perfectly, with each slightly off-kilter in their own way but still feel cohesive in the larger story. There are a few holes in the story: the film lacks depth when it comes to tertiary characters who end up being important to the story, and Radhika Apte's character is pitched a little too high in her eccentricity.

    Monica, O My Darling has some commendable performances, quirky narration, and a making that impresses you with its design of scenes. Since the story's nature is jumping from one conflict to another, you might sense a structural inconsistency, but somewhere that quality makes this black comedy an exciting cinematic experience.
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    Season 2 - 7/10 Episode 9/10

    Season 2 of the psychological thriller struggles to catch pace, despite all the plotting, planning, and killings. The narrative this time is considerably more buffed up than in the first season, with a menacing man, Victor (Naveen Kasturia), helping J in his mission. And officer Kabir Sawant (Amit Sadh) is roped in again to stop the serial murders.

    Each episode of approximately 40 mins has a backstory about Avinash's encounter with the victim and why the latter deserves to die. The show's direction (Mayank Sharma) and treatment will keep you gripped, but the murders and the escape seem too convenient, and many sequences don't make sense. For instance, Abha doesn't seem too distressed about killing someone, J's tricks, such as bringing his next prey Ramneesh out.

    The reason behind a few murders isn't justifying, but I was moved by some of the backstories that link Avinash and J. Sure, they aren't justification for the crimes being committed, but they, I guess, make sense at some point. Sometimes, it does get somewhat heartbreaking, and you find yourself questioning your own reasonings and justifications.

    Abhishek Bachchan shocked everyone with his tremendous performance in season 1. He just continued where he left it off in the second season. His performance is commendable, and it is indeed a challenging role to play. But the star actor pulled it off with ease. Amit Sadh as a cop, and Nithya Menen as Abha, have done a decent job but their character deserved more screen time. This season's new treat is Naveen Kasturia as Victor, who stands out with his performance.
  • The idea to explore the thousands year older Indian heritage of Ram Setu, which is believed to be constructed by Lord Sri Rama himself, is good. The filmmakers had a fascinating subject that hasn't been touched in Indian cinema, but they didn't succeed in coming up with an equally exciting narrative. Though there is a lot of fiction added, it still doesn't engage enough. One has to have a racy screenplay for this kind of adventure thriller to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, but that does not happen here.

    The film runs on a flat note most of the time. The first half an hour or so isn't related to the actual plot, and the character establishment of Akshay should have been done in an even sharp manner. One more huge drawback is the VFX work. Being such a biggie, the visual effects are wholly below-par, even hampering the impact.

    A fast-paced screenplay with a few more exciting scenes would have made much more difference. The research work is appreciable, but the narrative isn't impressive.
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    Mani Ratnam, Jayamohan, and Kumaravel come together to adapt Kalki's novel for the screen. The maverick filmmaker sets out with all the amazing elements to create a perfect film.

    But what the end product ends up being is a product that is not just scattered but also too disjointed. Imagine a season of Game Of Thrones cramped into one 3 hours long movie. The blame cannot be on the writing team entirely because Ratnam chooses to make a film out of a novel that spans a very long time and multiple houses that are at war and spread in different parts of Asia. While we are introduced to one, time doesn't permit us to stay with them and understand, we are rushed to another and some more only to end up with confusion in names and titles. A big minus is that the battlefield portions are uninspired. The dramatization of strategies takes the form of exposition. The first half is devoid of highs, whereas the second half is rushed.

    Karthi has a commanding presence, while Jayam Ravi's best portions seem to have been sorted in the second half. Vikram's character doesn't come with detailing; the prologue is followed by an excessive focus on Karthi's adventures. Aishwarya Rai's introduction is spectacular. Just a furtive glance is enough to set up her character and Mani Ratnam's filmmaking experience is in full show here. It also helps that her signature dazzle and charm are still in place. Trisha makes her presence felt and you can feel the hum of her power and concern throughout the background. The first time these two meet is shot in an impressive manner. The costume work done by Eka Lakhani is beguiling and the female leads Aishwarya Rai and Trisha look drop dead gorgeous and highly captivating.
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    James Cameron, the mastermind behind the epic story of Avatar and its sequel, already revealed the story in the trailers itself. Still, he makes the movie a great experience to watch with his outstanding characterizations and screenplay. Avatar: The Way of Water is an epic action-adventure film that rides on the most stunning visual effects - the 'magic' on the screen looks 'real' for the most part and that bears testimony to the spare-no-effort approach of Cameron and his unit - but like its predecessor it incorporates into its phenomenal sweep topics that are both emotionally engaging and thematically on point.

    The way James connects both parts (movies) is quite good. He gives a neat explanation and makes things easier for people to understand the connections between the first and second parts. The way he connected some of the key characters from the first part made the film an emotional experience. The beauty of Avatar 2 is not only the Navi people but also the creatures they love. James Cameron shows the emotional bond between the giant creatures called Tulkun and Navi clan in a beautiful manner.

    The screenplay is a bit slow but it is all to make the proceedings better. Coming to the camerawork, the background score, and sound design, the film has everything perfect to give viewers a spectacular experience. The VFX is just mindblowing. Coming to performances, it's the children who performed well. Their innocence, fighting spirit and zeal to learn new things have been showcased in a good manner. Kiri and Neteyam will leave a solid impression on us once we leave the theater.
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    Parveez Sheikh decides to keep things extremely gloomy through his story & screenplay but that doesn't always go in the favour of the narrative. As beautifully eerie as the first half gets with its build-up, the second half finds itself in a bit of turmoil making things go haywire at times. The latter half feels sloppy and juvenile. Once the mystery dies down, the psychological thriller turns into a mundane revenge drama that isn't as gratifying as the initial premise. The police investigation looks silly, as they believe in the words of Freddy's character without even cross-checking the facts. The makers need to be very careful with the logics while making thrillers which was missed here.

    The highlight of the film is Kartik Aaryan's terrific unnerving performance. He is an absolute revelation as Freddy, a wronged man obsessed in love, seething rage and yet calm as a cucumber. The actor has altered his weight, body language, gaze and that trademark smile to play Freddy. Alaya, as a woman who undergoes domestic violence, is good in her role. She looks captivating and brings depth to the film. Alaya emoted quite beautifully in important sequences and scored full marks for her performance. Her chemistry with Karthik Aaryan is superb.

    You can give it a try but don't expect anything unusual from the film.
  • 8 December 2022
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    Review By Kamal K

    A suspense thriller that relies on situations and dialogues, and is primarily shot in one location, must engage you enough to sit with rapt attention. Director Kookie Gulati's outing leaves much to be desired on this front. The movie becomes monotonous and repetitive quickly, though it picks up pace in the second half when things turn more confrontational. The big plot twist may seem mind-bending only to viewers unfamiliar with the genre; the turn of events is rather predictable. The tracks, characters and backstories are not developed enough to be convincing or impactful.

    As a debutante, Khushalii pulls off the dichotomous act as a delusional, manipulative and seductive housewife and a volatile woman well. Aparshakti is impactful as Gul and nails his character. His Kashmiri accent gets overboard in parts but showcases his effort. Madhavan feels a bit one-note while Darshan ably executes the role of a stern cop.
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    Review By Kamal K

    Miya Biwi Aur Murder is a thriller-comedy that is less thriller and more comedy at least it tries to be so. It introduces several twists in order to keep things interesting but then spends too much time with one particular scene that stales your interest in it. The humour is quite cringe as well and lands on its feet only sometimes Rajeev Khandelwal and Manjari Fadnnis are great in the show although their characters leave much to be desired. I wish they had more interesting things to work with and the same goes for Rushad Rana.

    In the end, if you're in the mood to watch some melodrama without much rhyme of reason, this one's a good idea. But be warned, the brain needs to stay out for it!
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    Review By Kamal K

    Dharavi Bank is a twisted tale of politics, corruption, crime and revenge. Shetty as Thalaivan resembles Southern megastar Rajinikanth. Vivek Oberoi has played a police officer in the past, but his transformation for this role is praise-worthy.

    Director Samit Kakkad has juxtaposed Dharavi's slums with the grandeur of Mumbai's skyscrapers, 5-star hotels and farmhouses. Dharavi Bank exposes the dark side of politics and its strong connections with the underworld. It is not just a single story but many sub-plots threaded into a single story.

    But is that enough to grab the audience's attention? As previously stated, it is a twisted tale, but the twists are predictable. The series does not offer anything new, and things start to go down after the first few episodes. Overall, if you are a Suniel Shetty or Vivek Oberoi fan, you will enjoy their performance in the series, but it is a tale as old as time for the rest of us. Dharavi Bank sorely lacks the sort of narrative reserves that can fuel a compelling thriller. The assets at its disposal are anything but high-yielding instruments.
  • 17 November 2022
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    Puri is known to elevate his hero characters but there are not many scenes that do such in Liger. Bringing Mike Tyson into the narrative looks good but the way the proceedings are ended looks quite silly. The Puri mark dialogues and emotions are clearly missing in the film. The sports drama created by Puri is also beaten to death and has no freshness.

    Vijay Devarakonda does a decent job in his role and his transformation looks good. His stammering act is irritating but he manages it well in the second half. Ananya Pandey does her best in the role of a rich girl but her character is not etched properly. Ronit Roy is impressive as the coach.

    Liger has a water-thin storyline that does not work. The love story is forced and does not create much interest. There is absolutely no emotional connection in the film and this is where Liger disappoints.
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    In Praveen Sattaru's film there's a 'Ghost,' as the underworld has dubbed him, whose real name is Vikram. He has to unleash a side to him he has kept hidden for a while now in order to protect his family. If the premise sounds familiar, that's where the similarities end. Because everything else Praveen pulls off in this film, while different, remain half-baked and on surface-level at best. Praveen tests out a lot of plot points with The Ghost, yet never gets deep enough to fully explore any of them. The ideas sound good on paper, even if cliché. Some of these plot points have massive chinks in logic though. We're told Vikram had a shaky childhood, he still has nightmares that sometimes keep him up, he has an issue with following orders, he's looking to fulfil a promise he made many years ago and his weapon of choice is a katana. And yet, the director never really delves deep into any of these, instead choosing to focus on corporate politics that are hardly anything unique.

    Nag carries off the film on his shoulders. It is his show. He does the action scenes with ease. Sonal Chauhan as Preeti is alright despite limited on-screen presence. She is glamourous and also fights goons when the protagonist needed. But Vikram and Preeti's relationship look unconvincing where she disappeared initially and later lands up in the latter half.

    The second half is a mess. The climax is excruciatingly bad. By adding "KGF"-like machine gun sequences and Kamal Haasan's Vikram-like fight scenes, Praveen Sattaru has spoiled it further. For a film that also talks about sister and niece, the sentiment scenes are superficial. On the whole, "The Ghost" is another senseless action drama with no effective storytelling.
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    The first half of the drama was what got me hooked! There were so many questions that were unanswered and the biggest one was "Who is Big Mouse?". There were a lot of theories and speculations regarding this and one of my favorites was the theory that Big Mouse was Park Chang Ho and he's just fooling the viewers. This theory is definitely so much better than the actual Big Mouse reveal (the Room Leader). He had no charisma & no authoritative vibe as a person who supposed to be a leader of such organization.

    Because Big Mouse is the driving factor of this whole drama, of course when we reveal who the real Big Mouse is, it should be grand right? No. The Big Mouse reveal was so underwhelming that it made me feel that there was more nuance to this, but there wasn't. And then it got revealed that Park Chang Ho's best friend was in the Big Mouse organization too which was totally out of left field because we never learned what the reason behind him being in this organization was. After a disappointing reveal, the great Big Mouse who conned everyone got killed off in like 10 seconds and so Park Chang Ho became the new Big Mouse. What is funny to me is that when Big Mouse wasn't revealed, everyone had a difficult time figuring out the mastermind behind this alias. But when Park Chang Ho became Big Mouse, he was walking around the neighborhood with lines of bodyguards and followers and people bowing to him as if he was parading around that he is the new Big Mouse.

    We were introduced to so many plot points prior to the final episodes and so the ending was rushed. It felt as if the drama completely changed its tone after Chang Ho got out of prison - it became dull. The elder was portrayed as someone who got immense power but he was killed off in an instant. The main villain Choi Doha was also killed off too fast and easily so it felt anti-climactic. Miho's death had no impact to it, I was expecting it to be more emotional because she's literally one of the main characters but it felt flat.
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    I found this movie really entertaining and hilarious. This is a family entertainer. First half is a laugh roit. Venkatesh and Varun Tej getting tortured by Tamannaah and Mehreen was really fun to watch. Tamannaah looks gorgeous in the film and the surprise package is Mehreen who evoked silly expressions and comedy superbly. Prakash Raj and the actors who portrayed his family in the movie really brightened the movie. The first half is filled with a lot of fun moments which are simple and funny (like Haan Bilkul Haan Bilkul, um Honey is the best, Venki Asana ). As funny as it was I don't agree with the ending, both parties are at fault here. To control your spouse male or female using family politics is cruel. No family is perfect and that is understandable However manipulating a spouse is a great recipe for disaster.
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    Deathly Hallows, Part 2 is all action. As soon as the movie begins, Harry, Ron and Hermione are breaking into Gringotts, riding on the back of a dragon and, finally, battling Voldemort.

    Film is able to pull off several crucial moments of character development amid the chaos, including Neville's evolution into a bold hero, Ron and Hermione's first kiss and Molly Weasley's epic defeat of Bellatrix LeStrange. To that end, the film plays like a somber but satisfying reunion. Deathly Hallows Part 1, and even to some extent Half-Blood Prince, are films about loneliness and isolation. Some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter series are missing entirely from those movies. When Harry, Ron and Hermione return to Hogwarts, we get to enjoy Rowling's wide array of Dickensian characters once again.

    The series' finale hinges on Rickman's ability to sell the audience on the idea that his love for Harry's mother Lily was so strong that he took on the impossible job of playing double agent. Yates wisely chooses to offer his audience Snape's point of view: He begins the film with shot of Snape gazing over Hogwarts and pauses to linger on Snape's face as he dies weeping in Harry's arms. In those two moments, elevates the story from a battle between good and evil to one of a complicated man's struggle to cling to the power of love in the face of hatred.
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    This movie wasn't that great. This movie was like a teen drama movie. Having a lot of romantic scene. Audiences are introduced to the "Half-Blood Prince" in a textbook near the beginning. But the film forgets Half-Blood Prince's textbook about this for 2 hours until the big reveal. The rest of the plot is twisted with awkward "love" sequences, more Quidditch, useless Hogwarts staff, and more world-building. The screenplay shakes from being rushed to being broody at many a time. They should have included some of Lord Voldermort's back story, especially the Gaunt Scene which could have added to his character development. Although its cinematography is really great, acknowleding the fact that the times were getting darker, the climax appears rushed.
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    The Order of the Phoenix does what every HP movie does. There is significant world-building, new elements to be added to the larger plot, and a satisfying wizardry action. Yet, Order of the Phoenix shines best by its use of character development.

    Character development in this film is superb. The audience learns to hate Umbridge (great work by Imelda Staunton, btw) and love Sirius Black. We are introduced to just how sociopathic and murderous Bellatrix can be. I can go on and on. Everyone portrays their character perfectly. The most exciting scene is The Battle of Department of Mysteries, where Sirius Black is killed by Bellatrix Lestrange.

    The confrontation that Harry, Ron, Hermione, Neville, Luna, and Ginny face between the Death eaters is very suspenseful as well. But the most action packed scene is the duel between Voldemort and Dumbledore.
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    This is a Great film. This is such an enjoyable, fun, dark, funny, and cute experience that does not disappoint. The movie is very fast paced with a lot of amazing action sequence that are very rememberable. The whole cast does an amazing job acting as well. It goes deep into the very exciting story it tells while also building up the development of the main characters' emotions and chemistry between each other. The unexpected climax, which would normally be a bad move in any other story, was flawlessly built up to throughout the beginning of the series and plays out unforgettably with the tragic ending that leaves the audience in suspense. Also, the beginning of the film was crazy rushed through. Many scenes felt rushed and the scenes that felt rushed were important moments. They dragged out all the flashy pointless stuff that didn't benefit anything or anyone.
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    The plot is a plain simple plot, not much twists and turns as such because it's a feel good, make you feel good movie. All the events showcased in the movie, from the riots to the serial blasts, kargil war and all other other events, they are shot very nicely and they fit in. They have shown many a things that the last two generations might not have known about. The songs are amazing, you'd want to listen to them again. Length could be a little bit shorter maybe. Wrapping up in two hours and fifteen minutes would possibly have worked in their favor.

    About acting, Amir Khan did his part well, maybe a different look would have made it better. His part is challenging as Laal is a bit slower, mentally, takes time to understand things. He has played his part really well, looked very innocent at all times.

    Kareena Kapoor , Mona Singh have done justice to their roles. Mona Singh has played the more challenging role since she's grown old in the movie, scene by scene and still played her part well.
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    This is certainly darker than the first two instalments, and not as funny. The cinematography is really unique and creative. The original music of John Williams is more than I could ever hope to hear. It is absolutely splendid, making the film worth a listen even if you do not watch. The only real quibble i had with the movie was Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. Richard Harris, the first and better Dumbledore, had died, and although Gambon was good, Harris suited the character a lot more in terms of looks and sincerity. The three leads are still likable, and they are given solid support by Maggie Smith, Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane. The real treat lies in the newcomers though, namely David Thewlis as Lupin, Emma Thompson as Trelawney and Gary Oldman as Sirius. Timothy Spall I felt was a little odd for Wormtail. The Dementors I felt quite terrifying. All in all, very good.
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