We’re five episodes into The Rings of Power and that counts as five hours of storytelling and yet the series has been met with a lukewarm reception so far. There are either people who are enjoying the film for its gorgeous visuals, slow-burn dramatics, or its sweeping score. And then there are others who find the show tediously boring or are not fans of the divisive diversions from canon. We’re not going to even delve too deep into the people who are still mad because the show had the audacity to make Galadriel a warrior (which J.R.R Tolkien described in texts about her in the First Age) or to include Black characters in a fantasy world they wanted to claim as all-white.
For me, the first two weeks of viewing were fun but I was still skeptical about the story. The first two episodes undoubtedly sucked me in with their impressive visuals and apparent attempt at setting the groundwork for what could be one of the most epic series ever made. The third episode took a couple of viewings to really embrace. I liked the addition of Numenor and its cast of characters but it almost felt like it was too much to take in at once. Then the fourth episode happened.
I haven’t done one of these actor-specific movie ranking posts in a while but after delving deep into Hindi movies for the last couple of months it didn’t take long before I saw an SRK film. And once I started, I couldn’t stop.
I now understand why Shah Rukh Khan, a man I knew vaguely before beginning this adventure, is one of the most famous actors in the world. Not only are his looks and charm undeniably entrancing, which makes his wealth of romantic movies understandable, but his movies are honestly some of the most enjoyable I’ve ever seen. Each story is different from the last and each of his performances, no matter how similar, is uniquely nuanced and memorable. I’ve watched a lot of his movies in the past several weeks and while there were of course some I liked more than others I knew I had to share my movie ranking. Enjoy!
19. Main Hoon Na (I’m Always Here)
Synopsis: An army major goes undercover as a college student. His mission is both professional and personal: to protect his general’s daughter from a radical militant, and to find his estranged half-brother.
I like most, if not all, of Shah Rukh Khan’s movies but this was the only film I’ve seen of his that I couldn’t finish. The storyline was interesting enough.
And while the movie could’ve been likable it just wasn’t. Shah Rukh Khan was the only good thing about it and even he couldn’t save this movie for me.
When I watched Top Gun: Maverick in IMAX on Memorial Day a few months ago, I knew I had just seen an instant classic. The film was not only exhilarating with its incredibly made action scenes featuring the actors in real cockpits of real planes having to perform all of these mindblowing stunts but it was a very well-written sequel to the 80s’ classic Top Gun.
It was one of the most memorable movie theater experiences I’ve ever had, with the entire audience not only engaged but equally enthralled in a movie I don’t think anyone was expecting to be that good. When I walked out of that theater beaming with joy I knew that I didn’t want to see it again in theaters (even though I could’ve several times) but I was sure I would watch it again as soon as it was available digitally. Sure enough, now that its digital release is out, I watched it with all of the 4K capabilities that were available to me, and boy did I have a great time.
I want to love this show and this character and this new chapter being built in the MCU but that second episode just made me pump on the praise brakes. Why? Three reasons.
Despite this show being billed as a comedy, it wasn’t very funny this week. I saw the jokes coming from a mile away and when most of the jokes didn’t land that well.
The fourth-wall breaking felt shoehorned this week rather than feeling natural which was another major denomination to this show’s quality.
It was too short.
The MCU, in order to continue surprising and bringing in new fans, has turned to more genres for their shows and movies to keep viewers interested. And while She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has the chance to be a funny, fun series by its conclusion that second episode made me fear the worst (that it’s actually going to be as underwhelming as my gut first told me when I saw the trailer.)
Jennifer Walters’ dynamic with Bruce Banner in the first episode was delightful but now that they’re no longer together I’m starting to miss that aspect of the show quickly. Hopefully, next week’s episode will restore my faith in this series and remind me why I love She-Hulk.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful day.
I’ve watched a lot of movies in my time but I had never seen a single Indian film. And then there was this movie I kept hearing about called RRR. The film was being claimed as the best action movie of the year and considering the fact that we got a movie as good as Top Gun: Maverick this year I had to see what the hubbub was about.
Sure enough, I watched RRR and suddenly a whole new world of cinema had been opened to me. In the last week, I have binge-watched lots of Indian movies and each film that I’ve chosen to watch has seemed better than the last. So, I figured I might as well share a ranking of the movies I’ve seen so far. Here we go.
8. Bahubali 2: The Conclusion
This was like Endgame in India when it came out in 2017 because it ended up becoming the highest-grossing Indian film of all time. Directed by S.S Rajmouli, a man who’s known for bringing incredible epics to the big screen, this film has all of the trappings of an epic film. Unfortunately, the story seems to drag on forever and because most of it is a flashback there’s something about it that feels less impactful than it should.
Plus, the final showdown felt just a bit too ridiculous at times. Other than that, it was enjoyable.