Movies 301

02 Jan 2014
POSTED BY Y Magazine

47 Ronin

Keanu Reeves is the big name star of this spectacular martial arts fantasy based on a Japanese legend. He is the half-blood leader of a group of warriors (Ronin) who set out to avenge the death of their master and face down Mizuki (Rinko Kikuchi), a beautiful witch who can assume the shape of lizards, wolves and demons – as well as use her hair as chopsticks. With Japanese actors speaking the stilted English dialogue and some tremendous battle scenes, it should be more exciting than it is. Despite a wooden script, it ends on a thrilling high.   

Grudge Match 

It seems like ageing Hollywood stars don’t know how to grow old gracefully, and a slew of recent films have been in on the joke. Here Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro play over the hill boxing champs who are brought out of retirement for a computer game but end up going back in the ring for one last bout of their ancient rivalry. Of course, both actors famously played boxers in their prime (Stallone in Rocky and De Niro in Raging Bull), but unfortunately the joke of bringing them together when they are long past their prime is more distasteful than amusing. There’s good support from grouchy Alan Arkin and Kevin Hart, who plays a Don King-like wannabe, as the trainers of the two dinosaurs. 


 Mr Joe B Carvalho 

Comedy actor Arshad Warsi stars as a quirky detective who falls for a butt-kicking cop Soha Ali Khan, while the pair are caught up in a case of mistaken identity. Highlights of the slapstick affair include Ms Khan sporting a bikini and Jaaved Jaferi in various disguises, including a blonde woman and a sadhu baba. You get the picture.


PREVIEW: Highway

Alia Bhatt stars as a girl who is abducted and taken on a life-changing road trip across India, in Imtiaz Ali’s independent drama. It certainly breaks with a lot of Bollywood conventions, being shot outdoors in the rough back roads of northern India, showing a gritty reality minus all the usual glamour and romance. Locations include a salt factory in Rajasthan and the snow-swept slopes of the Kashmir Valley.


 Y’s Choice

Sholay (3D) 

When it first hit the screens nearly four decades ago, Sholay was considered by some to be the greatest Indian film of all time. In the style of a spaghetti western, it follows two criminals played by Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra who are hired by a retired policeman to hunt down a notorious criminal. Despite a lukewarm response when first released – the film ran for almost 200 minutes – word of mouth spread and it ran for nearly five years at Mumbai’s Minerva theatre. It’s now being shown in a remastered 3D format.


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