Intern & Martian

I am a big fan of Matt Damon (now come to think of it, is there anyone who isn’t? Did you see him do the Whip & Nae in Ellen Show? He is so cute! ) so it is obvious that I would watch ‘The Martian‘ I am not a great fan of sci-fi fantasy movies/novels. I loved ‘The Gravity’ but wasn’t quite impressed with ‘The Interstellar’ So I did have my apprehensions about the movie, but since Matt Damon was there I was OK with it. But I was surprised. I loved the movie. Especially when he does the ‘I am gonna science the s&^t of this’ thing and goes ahead with the potatoes (see I knew there was a reason I loved that vegetable…it can grow in Mars too, of all the freaking places… Imagine that! ) He was so adorable. And thankfully, there was less of science and biology (compared to the other two movies I mentioned) and even the ones they talked about were quite understandable. And some of the scenes reminded us of how we deal with project management in our organizations. There is this scene, where the head of the department asks the other guy through video conference, how long its gonna take, and that guy replies, well…6 months and immediately the head says ‘ok, I give you three months’ 😀 That’s how it works in the software industry. No one bothers or rather no project manager bothers with the actual estimates that the tech leads give them 😉 They easily take only the half of it and expects it to get it done.

It wasn’t a fast pacing movie. It goes at a casual pace. When Matt fails, and he knows that he lost all his efforts it makes you feel sad for him. We know how the story ends, obviously its a Happy Ever After ending (phew! I got this one right, this time) but the journey is whats important in this story. And add the fact that there was indeed water in Mars as was recently discovered, it makes it all the more interesting. I enjoyed the movie a lot.

The last weekend’s movie was ‘The Intern‘. And yes, I watched it just because of Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. I loved the trailer and wanted to watch something light and nothing too heavy (that is why I had to say no to Sicario, even though the reviews were very good) And it didn’t fail me either. He was so cute as an Intern. Making us laugh, smile and even blush (when he got that impromptu back massage!) Jeez, I was embarrassed for him 😳 Anne Hathaway, looks amazing as usual. Looks like she picked up her wardrobe from ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ Looks the part 🙂 It was indeed a simple movie.

Both these movies did not have any romance angle to it and it was so refreshing ( I do read my share of romance novels so I am OK with skipping them in movies if the story and screenplay is good ). For this weekend ? So far no movie plans. Let see how things pan out.

The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing – What is not there to watch ? So yes, obviously I went for that movie ‘The Imitation Game‘ as this week’s Saturday entertainment. When the movie started, and Benedict is shown sitting in that chair, I became a little bit too enthusiastic and clapped and whooped, much to the embarrassment of my friend and eventually myself, because I was the only one who did that 😳 But then that was just for a sec. Dumb audience I say. It is based on a true story, story about Alan Turing and how he and his fellow mathematicians helped during the World War by breaking the code for Enigma and later the same nation punished him for being gay, which they say eventually led to his death (either by suicide or the impact of the treatments they gave him according to the credits). The movie’s greatest plus according to me was the dialogues. They were so humorous and fun and also very deep in most places.  All the actors have done an amazing job, but Benedict truly makes you feel, makes you laugh with his one-liners, makes your heart beat a little faster when he is almost close to the solution, almost makes you cry when he suffering the after effects of his medication to cure his homosexuality etc. But I think the kid who played the young Alan Turing also did a wonderful job, especially in the scene where the headmaster talks to him about Christopher. That kid with the stoic face was amazing. The movie isn’t linear. It goes back and forth between his childhood, his time during the war and his current state where he is arrested for his sexuality. I just loved the movie. If not for anything or anyone, watch it for the amazing performance by Benedict and the wonderful dialogues.