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Dragon Ball Super: Broly- Everything we’ve ever wanted

We asked for it every time STAR Cineplex had brought a new movie in. But to be quite honest, we didn’t think we’d live to see the day when we’ll watch an anime in Bangladeshi theatres. When we sat down to watch it for the first time, it felt like a dream come true!

And as for the movie itself, all we can say is that he is back, for good this time. Somehow, he is better than ever before. Dragon Ball Super: Broly blows all expectations out of proportion.

Dragon Ball and Broly

Fans of the Dragon Ball series have long adored it for a multitude of reasons. For most, the series defined their childhoods. That is a very subjective statement. What is objectively great about Dragon Ball is its massive and varied gallery of supporting characters, especially the villains. Arguably the most intriguing of who is Broly, the legendary Super Saiyan.

Fans obsess over Broly- the mysterious and savage warrior of seemingly no principle aside from pure mayhem. For many, he is the favorite character in the series. Established from the first Dragon Ball Z movie of his, Broly is one the last surviving members of Goku and Vegeta’s race, an untamable and monstrous individual of pure power. He is the only Dragon Ball villain to be featured in more than one movie. However, the thing about him is, he is a movie villain only and thus not part of the greater Dragon Ball canon. Toriyama and Co. decided to change that, and the result is marvelous.

Read more: https://hifipublic.com/en/2018/09/17/why-everyone-should-watch-anime/

New and improved: Not even his final form

Dragon Ball Super: Broly brings the titular character into the main universe continuation of the series and thus gives him a brand new origin to suit. It is still as close to the original as it needs to be though. Fans tend to get somewhat touchy about rehashes and revisions of their favorite characters. This movie pulls off the reboot as well as can be.

A large part of what made Broly into such a favorite in the previous continuity was the mystique surrounding him and his violence. There was some explanation to it, but it did not feel satisfactory to me and Broly felt like a really cool but incomplete character. This one does a much better job of portraying Broly as an actual person and his driving forces. Not to worry though, he is still as cool and as buff as ever. He is still out to get everyone unfortunate enough to anger him (mostly Goku). Just now, he has a reason to.

One would expect the movie to follow the character into being a complete revamp, but thankfully it is not so. It does not just ignore the previous incarnation of Broly, the movie is self-aware in the sense that it often throws shade to the past incarnation of Broly and his tale. We found that very rewarding as a long time follower.

About the movie itself

First, we need to talk about the animation quality. Super started with objectively bad animation quality. We have come a long way from there. It was evident in the anime and more so in this movie. Dragon Ball: Super is one of the most gorgeous looking animated movies we have ever seen. The animation is not just beautiful but crisp and consistent. You can notice the amount of effort that went into producing this. Toriyama himself mostly made the character designs, so you can bet on its quality. The signature fighting scenes of Dragon Ball have arguably never been better. Scene transitions are seamless. At no point do you not want to be looking at the screen.

The story is surprisingly rich by Dragon Ball standards.

At least in the movies, Dragon Ball has been mostly about cool fight scenes, of which this has no shortage. However, the importance of story has been paid attention to, evident from the fleshed out origins and motivations at work behind each character. Previously fans have complained about the lack of consistency in the storytelling of Toriyama. In this movie, the story is wonderfully structured and perfectly addresses previous storylines that follow up to the movie.  The redemption arc every Dragon Ball villain seems to have is a bother for many fans. Nevertheless, do not worry. Frieza is still as evil as ever.

Verdict

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is a wonderful film experience for newcomers and longtime fans alike. 9/10 from us easily.

It is a beautiful, emotional and action-packed ride that made the old and cynical partisan in us smile and hope for the future of the story introduced in this film. So, hurry up and go watch it.

Book your tickets from here.

Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek steals the show in electric Freddie Mercury biopic

Capturing the life of Freddie Mercury on celluloid is a daunting task. And yet, Bohemian Rhapsody takes on this task with enough ease. And an electric Rami Malek channels the timeless Freddie with all his vigour and flamboyance in what could be one of his greatest acting performances of all time.

Bohemian Rhapsody portrays the life of Freddie Mercury and the journey of his band Queen, from its inception to its rise to Rock ‘n Roll stardom. In a limited time frame of Freddie Mercury working as a baggage handler at Heathrow to Queen’s Live Aid concert in 1985, the biopic throws in the struggles of Freddie’s personal life, his isolation, his confused sexuality and his contraction of AIDS. Often failing to focus on a single aspect to lead the movie on.

A complex movie

Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek steals the show in Freddie's biopic

The primary conflict in making a biopic about Freddie is that it demands a lot on one of the greatest bands of all time, Queen. When the journey of Queen is, quite frankly, devoid of dramatic bumps. From small college gigs to rocking the stage on world tours, Queen’s stardom was shot to the sky within only a few years of time. Queen’s theatrics used to lie more in their extravagant performances on stage rather than behind the scenes drama.

But the Queen frontman Freddie’s life was the opposite. From his insecure teenage years as a Persian-Indian immigrant in the UK to his long struggle with his sexual identity, Freddie’s life was marred by drama. And one must find oneself in deep waters trying to cram all of his life into a single standard runtime Hollywood biopic.

Brilliant Rami Malek!

Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek steals the show in Freddie's biopic

Bohemian Rhapsody plays it safe with its script. It doesn’t take risks, unlike the man upon whose life the movie is based on. However, if not for Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody would have been a rather bland attempt at capturing the versatile life of an iconic star.

Rami Malek absolutely steals the show. Bohemian Rhapsody was all about him. And he nails the role of the iconic rockstar down to the last detail. From his walk, his extravagant style, his singing, Rami does it all with a fine touch of expertise. It is as if Freddie himself were alive on the screen. Rami’s expert portrayal of Freddie is what makes Bohemian Rhapsody so very enjoyable.

Goosebumps!

Bohemian Rhapsody: Rami Malek steals the show in Freddie's biopic

What else makes Bohemian Rhapsody a beautiful movie-going experience is its music. It features almost all of the greatest Queen classics. We witness the birth of the iconic track, Bohemian Rhapsody itself. Tap our feet with the classic beats of We Will Rock You. And left in goosebumps as Rami and the team performs the entire Live Aid Concert of 1985 with an electric energy on the screen. Bohemian Rhapsody is, if nothing else, the finest example of a Rock ‘n Roll movie that never falls short on content.

The verdict

Bohemian Rhapsody isn’t the greatest biopic of all time. But the energy that Rami channels into his portrayal of Freddie Mercury is sure to touch you as an audience and a Queen fan.

A solid 4/5, Bohemian Rhapsody is a stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their flamboyant frontman, Freddie Mercury.

Even if you’re not a fan, Bohemian Rhapsody will leave you awestruck with its terrific cast and rocking music. Book your tickets from STAR Cineplex if you don’t want to miss an electric experience. We can promise you that you won’t regret watching this movie in the theatres.

Finding Bangladesh: In search of Bangladesh’s lost legends

The second documentary of the Finding Bangladesh series, Bangladesher Harano Golpo was premiered last Friday, 26th October in KIB. Directed by Adnan M.S. Fakir, the second documentary comes out after ten long years since the first one. And it certainly lived up to the hype.

As the documentary runs on the screen, it slowly introduces to us, the lost tales and myths of Bangladesh. Makara, the mythological creature, Gazi and his army of tigers and Bonbibi, the guardian of Sundarbans, all come to life in the captivating narrative of the documentary. The journey takes us on a thrilling ride through our own mythology and history. Often in the tone of complaint and occasional comic relief.

In terms of its content, Bangladesher Harano Golpo deserves nothing less than a solid five-star rating.

In 76 minutes of its runtime, we learn more about Bangladesh and its rich tales than any history books have ever taught us. The Finding Bangladesh team has spared no expense in researching and crafting the stories beautifully. Animations and skilled cinematography bought the legends to life as the team take us through 17 historical locations across Southern Bangladesh.

But one might criticise it for its incoherent style of narrative. The sudden English narratives in the middle of continuous Bangla seemed to have served no apparent purpose. And Safdar Doctor’s comic relieves were enjoyable but it continued to break the immersion.

Nevertheless, Bangladesher Harano Golpo has been an enthralling journey through our history and legends. It serves its overall purpose with a fine touch of expertise, that is, to aware and educate us of our own heritage. The effort of Adnan M.S. Fakir and his team in digging out our roots and the tremendous amount of research that went into making it is commendable, to say the least. We eagerly look forward to what the misfits on the loo on wheels bring us next.

Venom: not as bad as critics say

HiFi Public recently checked out a screening of Venom, thanks to Star Cineplex. We, just like everyone else on the internet, thought it would not turn out to be a good one. Critics on the internet, such as renowned reviewers on IGN, did not praise the movie. Coming out after watching a screening of it, however, we feel it has been a better movie than most said it was. SPOILER WARNING as we’ll be talking about a few details of the movie not shown in the trailer.

Plot

Venom movie review-HiFi Public

The plot takes a back seat in the first ever Venom movie. It’s not quite as engaging as many of the better MCU films such as Winter Soldier. There are no plot twists, nothing groundbreaking harlot-wisest wise, it’s a pretty run of the mill affair. It’s worth noting that the Venom movie, even though associated with Marvel, does not tie into any of the MCU movies. At least, not in any way that was explicitly mentioned. The story of the movie revolves around the Life Foundation. They sent a spaceship out for recon, which found millions of alien life. These aliens are called symbiotes, just like in the comics.

As the spaceship returned with samples of said life, something goes wrong. One of the symbiotes, later revealed to be Riot, is a leader of the species. This Riot manages to break out of it’s container and infect the Captain of the shuttle, Jameson. If that name sounds familiar, that is because he’s the son of Spider-Man’s biggest critic, J. Jonah Jameson. The plot revolves around the Life Foundation killing homeless people in the name of science. Eddie Brock, disgraced reporter thanks to a run in with the Life Foundation’s CEO, finds this and goes to investigate. This is when he bonds with Venom, and the movie becomes a completely different genre.

Up until this point, the movie was not a comedy. Sure, there were jokes here and there, but the movie seemed serious. Venom, however, is not. He is a funny symbiote who in his words is a loser on his home planet. This is when the movie truly picks up. This also marks the point when we stopped caring for the plot.

Characters

Venom movie review-HiFi Public

Eddie Brock is played exceptionally well by Tom Hardy. Hardy really shines in this movie and makes the role his own. He also voices the Venom symbiote. Venom is the most interesting character in the movie. Even though the trailers make him out to be a badass, he really is not. He’s a real softy on the inside. Even though his original mission is to go back to his own planet and bring an invasion force, he changes his mind because of growing fond of Eddie and his world.

The rest of the cast is just kind of there to support these two protagonists. Michelle Williams plays Anne Weying, Eddie’s ex and his love interest in the film. Riz Ahmed plays a competent antagonist in Carlton Drake. The role could have been better if he was given a better script. Overall, this movie is a story of Eddie and Venom trying to work together, and in a buddy cop way that really works.

Action

Venom movie review-HiFi Public

The Venom symbiote really shines in the action scenes. The CGI is done well, but it’s nothing special in this day and age. The main gripe I have about this movie is it being rated PG. Without an R rating, it’s exceptionally difficult to portray Venom’s violence. Tom Hardy has mentioned that 40 minutes of the movie has been cut, scenes that he said were his favourite. This makes me think that an R rated directors cut could be on the way, which would be a way better movie than the family friendly Venom. The movie does a good job of making Eddie look clueless as Venom takes over. Venom also looks like an idiot at times, but never when he’s fighting.

Verdict

Venom movie review-HiFi Public

Venom is a deeply flawed movie. It has many problems that many superhero movies suffer from. The Venom symbiote is introduced almost halfway into the movie. The characters, aside from Eddie and Venom, are woefully underdeveloped. The ending is also a glorified CGI battle that many have loathed in recent years. The trailers of this movie also did a bad job in portraying that it would be closer to Deadpool than The Dark Knight. Yet, it is a stunningly entertaining movie. We enjoyed watching one of our favourite anti-heroes finally get the right treatment on the big screen. It was a movie that never took itself seriously, yet handled the symbiosis of Venom and Eddie with a surprising degree of maturity.

All in all, it’s a better movie than the critics give it credit for. A solid action-dark comedy, we would give this movie a 7 out of 10.

Watch it on Star Cineplex. It’ll be running this entire month.

Marvel just released a trailer for “Captain Marvel” and it is epic

Marvel has just released the new Captain Marvel trailer. It first debuted on Good Morning America and eventually made it to YouTube.

Spoilers: If you haven’t watched Infinity war yet

The next installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe follows up from the last MCU movie. If you don’t know what we’re talking about, watch this.

Nick Fury, before disintegrating into dust like many others, sends out a page. The device shows Captain Marvel’s logo from the comics and then the movie ends. The new Captain Marvel movie picks up right after that. The trailer shows Brie Larson in Carol Danvers’ costume. Carol is the alter ego of the titular heroine Captain Marvel.

Not an origin story

The trailer clearly shows that Captain Marvel already has her comic-book powers. At least, most of them. She has already left earth to join the Starforce. The team is led by a character played by Judd Law. Ronan the Accuser, played by Lee Pace, can also be seen.

Set in the 90’s

The film is clearly set in the 90’s. We see a much younger and much less bitter Nick Fury, still without an eyepatch. A very young Agent Coulson can also be spotted. The film trailer shows shots of Carol being in the military. The trailer also shows a few shots of Carol’s family.

Carol comes back to earth

It’s alluded in the trailer that Carol has recently come back to her home planet. According to her, some of her memories of her time there is still there. Yet she seems to have lost a few during her time as a member of the Starforce.

Big player

If the Infinity War end credit scene was anything to go by, Carol will have a big role to play. She seems to be the person contacted by Nick Fury shortly before turning to ashes. If that’s the case, then she is sure to be one of the big players in the next Avengers movie.

We’re all excited for the first ever Captain Marvel movie. Tell us in the comments how you feel about a superhero film with a female lead. Not made by DC, of course.

The Bhawal King: back from the dead

The just-released trailer for the upcoming Indian film of Srijit Mukherjee, Ek Je Chilo Raja, is worth all the hype. Here’s why. The movie is a biopic of the infamous Bhawal King, who in the 1920s, presumably came back from the dead as a monk, to reclaim his kingdom from the British. The movie also doubles as a brilliant courtroom drama about one of the longest running court trials in Indian history.

Ramendra Narayan Roy was the second prince of the Bhawal zamindars in Bengal, a part of which is modern day Bangladesh. He was popular among his subjects and spent a lavish lifestyle hunting, in festivities and in the company of women. In 1909, he contracted syphilis and went to Darjeeling for further treatment. He presumably died there and was cremated. His young wife Bibhabati Deb later moved to Dhaka to live with her brother. The remaining Bhawal princes died later on and the British took over the Bhawal estate. Tragic, but the story is only about to begin.

bhawal raja case
Raja Ramendra Narayan

One fine day in 1920, a Sanyasi covered in ashes arrives at the Buckland Bund in Dhaka, near the Ruplal House. He sits on the street, meditating for four months and attracts public attention. Under public pressure, the Sanyasi reveals that he is Ramendra Narayan Roy, the second prince of Bhawal. To prove his identity, he even discloses private information of the prince which only the prince himself or those close to him knew. Many of the relatives, though doubtful at first, later recognizes him and accepts him.

On 29 May 1921, the claimant arrives at the Bhawal estate with two lawyers to meet the district magistrate and collector J. H. Lindsay, who recorded his claim.

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Popular Bangladeshi actress Jaya Ahsan plays a significant role in “Ek Je Chilo Raja”.

Amid much public row, the British government eventually filed a case terming the claimant as an imposter. And thus began the infamous Bhawal case, one of the longest running trials in Indian judicial history. The trial ran for 16 years without a final verdict. The claimant, who insisted that he was the returned king, died of a stroke before the trial ended. The government could never prove that he was an imposter.

Jishu Sengupta stars as the Bhawal prince in the upcoming movie. Anjan Dutta and Jaya Ahsan also appear in prominent roles. The biopic is set to be released on 12th October 2018.

We’ll bring you an official review of the film after it is released.

Chris Hemsworth to star in Netflix movie “Dhaka”… not shot in Dhaka

Chris Hemsworth, better known as Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is set to star in Netflix’ newest film, Dhaka. Before any Thor fans in Bangladesh get too excited, don’t be misled by the title, as the movie will be shot in India and Indonesia.

A Hollywood Reunion

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Dhaka will be a reunion of sorts of for Hemsworth. The movie is produced by Joe and Anthony Russo, a duo that previously worked with Hemsworth in Avengers: Infinity War.

Debuting Director

It will be also written by the Russo brothers. More interestingly, making his directorial debut in this movie is Sam Hargrave. Hargrave is a stunt coordinator who has worked as a stunt double for Hemsworth’s co-star Chris Evans as Captain America. The movie will also be the Netflix debut for Hollywood superstar Hemsworth.

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The Russo brothers

Plot

The plot of the film is being kept under wraps, but we have a few details so far. Hemsworth is going to play a man coping with emotional turmoil. His character is described by Deadline as physically brave but emotionally a coward. The plot of the movie will see Hemsworth rescuing a kidnapped Indian boy. The movie will be an action-thriller flick.

Filming and Release

The movie is set to begin shooting this November and end filming next year in March. The release date of the movie is yet to be confirmed. HiFi will keep you updated when the Russo brothers announce a release date for their upcoming movie.