Rinzy Reviews ‘Black Panther’ (2018)

Release Date: February 16

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Angela Bassett, Michael B. Jordan, Forest Whitaker, Sterling K. Brown, et al.

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Never in the history of the world has there been so much clamour for one movie (correct me if I’m wrong). This Ryan Coogler’s directed movie addresses certain themes that mirror happenings in the real world today and, on a large scale, puts the Black Man at the positive center of it all, as against what’s commonly obtainable. This, I believe, is the major reason for the fanfare that has trailed this movie since its pre-production stage – a movie starring, in majority, black actors, directed by a black man, and telling a story that makes you (the viewer) imagine how the black race could have fared if she’d been left untampered with by colonialism and its  baggage that followed.

For a long time I said I wasn’t going to review this movie, and I still won’t (at least not in details). This is because ‘Black Panther’ has achieved universal acclaimation and practically every good thing possible has already been said about it. I write this piece for that person (in the minority), who for one reason or the other hasn’t still yet ‘Black Panther’. Don’t deny yourself this wonderful viewing experience. Be a part of history. Why?

Black Panther is a great movie, one that’ll be remembered for many years to come for its cultural relevance and significance, box-office record-breaking prowess, amongst many other honors it’s attained. Currently dubbed The Number One Movie In The World, ‘Black Panther’ boasts an impressive cast, wonderful performances, beautiful aesthetics thanks to its great CGI, a non-generic villain in Killmonger, and loads of wonderful new characters you’re sure to fall in love with… Shuri, M’baku, Nakia, Okoye, et al. 

Who should see ‘Black Panther’? Everyone, anyone, someone, you, me, your child, your parents… No one should be left out.

Spoil yourself with ‘Black Panther’ and join the world to proclaim #WakandaForever!

Directed by: Ryan Coogler

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

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​Rinzy Reviews ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ (2017)

It’s not everyday we get a Hollywood movie that induces genuine fear of the powers behind the supernatural. I’m not talking about the TV show. Neither I’m I talking about the many fantastic movies that touches on the element. The funny thing about this movie is that it doesn’t even try hard to be what it is. It doesn’t rub it on our faces. It just takes us on a journey from a point that is confusing and unsettling to another where all we can feel for the characters is pity because of how much they’ve had to endure.

Starring Colin Farrell as Dr. Stephen Murphy, a man who we meet in a vague relationship with a boy old enough to be his son. I must admit, at first, it seemed as though there exists something sexual between them, but it turns out we were being misled as what Dr. Murphy suffers from is guilt and not lust. Guilt as he’s responsible for the boy, Martin, having one parent less unbeknownst to Dr. Murphy, young Martin’s had been bidding his time and plotting the ultimate diabolical revenge. 

Colin Farrell brings his A-game to this one. With a full beard, it’s obvious he can do no wrong. I enjoyed his performance as much as I did in ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016). Nicole Kidman plays the long-suffering wife very well too. I know I don’t give her credit as much as is due, she’s a terrific actress, she brings to live the woman ready to do whatever it takes to protect yet family. Though there were a lapses in her characterization in a few scenes, they came across, to me, as oversights in the eyes of the director/writer, more than the actress’ fault. 

I liked the story, it brought the old moral with it – the law of karma, reaping whatever you sow, a life for a life, that kind of thing. Though it wasn’t exactly clear to what extent Martin’s connection to the spiritual were, the little given was well received by me, as it didn’t hurt the propgression of the movie, and kind of kept me on my toes. 

It’s an enjoyable watch. You should try it if you still haven’t. 

I rate it a 7/10

​Rinzy Recommends ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ (2017)

With a stellar cast, it isn’t a surprise this movie boasts of beautiful performances. Kenneth Branagh, who stars, also did a good job directing. Penelope Cruz, Michelle Pfeiffer, Johnny Depp, Willem Dafoe and a lot other talents feature in the supporting category. Do you see what I mean? 😁.
Basically, the movie is a murder mystery, as the name already implies. What it doesn’t tell you is the shocking twist that awaits those who haven’t read the book or watched any of the previous live-action installments. Who killed Ratchet? You’ll find out when you watch it yourself. 

I rate it a 7/10. 🌟. 

If you haven’t yet, you should go see this. 

​Rinzy Reviews ‘Lady Bird’ (2017)

For a long time I wondered in silence the height of hype that surrounded this movie. The first time I tried it I couldn’t get past the first five minutes, but seeing the continuous surge of raving reviews it had, I had to give it another shot, using my secret formula for enduring a seemingly boring movie. It worked. I’ve now joined millions around the world who give this movie an A+ 😉.
If you’re one of the many people unhappy with their lives in one way or the other, I believe you, too, can relate with the main character Christine, who prefers to be called Lady Bird. 

The movie touches on many topics that trial young adults unhappy with where they’re coming from, where they are, as they believe they’re capable of so much more. 

If you still haven’t watched it, now is your chance to do so

I rate it a 9 🌟.

This Is Us (s02e14)

Ever since ‘This Is Us’ revealed Jack Pearson didn’t live long enough to see the 21st century, everyone has been waiting impatiently to see how exactly he died. The recent episode (s02e14), which is a Jack-death-centric one, reveals everything and it’s a painful one. 

If you haven’t watched it, go do so before SPOILERS fall on you. 

I’ll just drop something here. Remember how Kate has always blamed herself for her dad’s death? Yes. She deserves the blame and more. She did kill her dad. To find out how this happened, you should go watch the episode. ✌. Mandy Moore’s performance is killing it! Those tears. The intensity with which she brings forth Rebecca’s emotions is nothing short of beautiful.
Randal, Kevin, Toby and Miguel also make appearances, but this episode wasn’t really for them to shine. Lest I forget, Randal’s first born Tess did shine in this episode. I liked the twist even though I saw it coming (it was the same twist employed in the first episode of the show: the one that got me engrossed). #ThisIsUs #NBC #JackPearson #KatePearson