X Men Days of Future Past Review

The latest X-men series movie titled Days of Future Past and directed by Bryan Singer is action packed and has not gone overboard on the special effect factor but the story is bit of a complex one to follow. Also with quite a number of characters appearing every now and then it is a bit difficult to follow the happenings on screen. I have been hearing from some sources that this is the best film among the X-men series which I cannot fully endorse as for me the best one till date is X-Men First class followed by X2.

In Days of future past, the present Mutants join together to go to the past and change an event that have an impact on their present existence. So we have Wolverine at the request of Professor X travel to the early part of 1970's to meet Charles and Erik. Helped by Kitty Pryde, Wolverine is transferred into that year for completing the mission.

Mystique is included in the plot as she is out there to eliminate Dr.Boliver Trask who wants to eliminate and completely destroy the mutants and wipe them out.

Bryan Singer the director has ensured that the movie is a good one watchable for all including the fans of the series. And Days of Future past is a worthy successor to all the prequels despite the complexity in the storyline.

Hugh Jackman as Wolverine with his screen presence takes the film forward while the lady character Mystique adds the entertainment value in terms of action and pace. Michael Fassbender as Teutonic was also impressive among the casts. Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen and James McAvoy also formed part of the supporting casts.

Overall, the present sequel won't disappoint you and is definitely a notable successor to the X-men series. My rating is 3.5 / 5.

P.S - Don't leave the cinema hall once the end title credits start rolling down. Wait for it to finish and there is something to watch out for once the title credits are shown.

How Old Are You Malayalam movie Review

A women centric feel good movie watchable for everyone, that's How Old Are You, the latest flick from the combination of Roshan Andrews and Bobby Sanjay team. I should say this is one of the best female oriented movie to come out of Mollywood in recent times and one of the perfect film for the family after the hugely successful Drishyam. That's strictly my opinion which others might disagree.

The film revolves around Nirupama a Govt employee, her husband Rajeev and their only daughter. Nirupama has big dreams that she confines within herself to meet the demands of family life. A particular incident connected with her daughter change her life forever. This is just the basic synopsis which I am not going to elaborate further.

For Manju Warrier, can't ask for a better launchpad for her second innings as the script by Bobby Sanjay has been focused right on her with many moments to perform and on screen she looked totally comfortable facing the camera after a long span. Having due respect for all the actresses we have in currently in Mollywood, I believe no other actress in the present generation would have been able to do a convincing role like how Manju portrayed Nirupama.

Kunchacko Boban played the husband's part too well to make his presence felt though the focus was more on the female protagonist.

Direction by Roshan Andrews is perfect well aided by the script of Bobby Sanjay. On the technical front, Gopi Sundar's background score is one of the main highlight giving tunes perfectly matching the situations. Cinematography and editing to deserved a mention here that helped the film look fine on screen.

There is a long list of supporting casts and among them Muthumani, Kunjan, Kalarenjini, Sethulekshmi, Thesni Khan, Edavela Babu, Kaniha, Lalu Alex, Sudheer Karamana and Vinay Fort impressed. The girl who played Manju's daughter was fine but at times the dubbing seemed artificial. Not sure if I have missed out any names and as said earlier, its a long list of supporting casts such that chances are there to miss out one or two.

On the whole, How Old Are You won't disappoint you and I am giving a big thumbs up to Roshan and his team to come up with such a subject. So the summary here is don't ever decide the expiry date of a women's dream.
My rating is 3.75 / 5.

Mr Fraud Malayalam Movie Review

Mr Fraud, the latest B Unnikrishnan flick with Mohanlal has a mysterious and suspense packed heist plot that does not raise its level to offer anything thrilling nor exciting. We have seen many conmen movies and this is yet another conmen movie, the only difference being the Kovilakam backdrop taken to narrate the plot. The saving grace here is the screen presence of Mohanlal in an otherwise pretty ordinary and average flick.

The plot revolves around an ancient Kovilakam where the ownership of wealth or the treasure of the Kovilakam is in dispute and a group is trying to rob the huge wealth stored in the cellar of the Kovilakam.

The first half was entertaining and kept up the suspense hidden with mystery surrounding the various characters especially the one Mohanlal was enacting but the second half that was a half baked one along with the climax didn't offer anything exciting nor did it gave the film a perfect ending or rather a thrilling ride we normally expect from such films. For the fans, its a masala fare with Lalettan offering enough and some of his dialogues with reference to his previous hit films went well the audience.

On the direction side, B Unnikrishnan has adopted a normal way but going too much hi tech to tell the story reflected in the script that became a complex one to digest as it progressed.

Mohanlal without a name and with many faces with his screen presence was a treat to watch but in terms of acting, there was nothing that could test his acting range here. The various make overs were good except two; the rock star one and the appearance right at the fag end.

Among the supporting casts, it was Siddhique who impressed the most along with Miya and Saikumar. Vijay Babu as Mohanlal's accomplice was just a watcher here with nothing to do. Sreeraman, Dev Gill, Devan, Sathar and Ashvin Mathew also formed part of the acting team along with Gopi Sundar and Balabaskar appearing in a cameo.

Music was ok and among them my favourite is the Sada palaya number. Background score was not bad but at times it was too heavy while cinematography was on the positive side.

Overall, the film is an average one for me that is ok for a one time watch with the least of expectations and my rating is 2.75 / 5.

Godzilla Review

Though many of you might not join with me, creature feature films have always fascinated me. Be it the previous version of Godzilla or Spielberg's Jurrasic Park series, I am a big fan of such films though the premise, settings and backdrop of such films are one and the same at the same time they are highly predictable too.

Present Godzilla, directed by Gareth Edwards, a reboot of the 1998 movie brings back the monster back on screen. The film is action packed especially the post intermission session towards the end and is visually well made but in totality its just an above average film good for a one time watch provided you bring down the expectation level.

The story takes time to build up and show Godzilla on screen and by the time the sleeping giant makes its appearance it was in a way a bit too late. Another aspect to be noted here is that Godzilla is given least screen presence and its MUTO's (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organisms) that gets a better deal and that was a disappointing factor.

The story begins from the late 90's in Philippines where a strange behavioural pattern is noticed and from here the plot shift to Japan. The strange pattern and the resulting catastrophe is connected to some natural disaster but things take a different turn and soon everyone realize that there is something big they are going to face to save themselves and the city they live.

Its the visual effects that saves the film to an extent especially the dull first half that has nothing in terms of action. Godzilla's appearance spice up things but deep in my heart after watching the movie, I felt or wanted the monster to have a better deal on screen with more screen presence. But the loud roar that Godzilla makes couple of times, it was something you should feel on the big screen.

Aaron Taylor Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Waatnabe, Sally Hawkins and Elizabeth Olsen form part of the acting team along with rest of the supporting actors.

Overall, the reboot is a one time watchable flick that has been given a modern outook and with your expectation level set to the bare minimum, you should be able to enjoy the film. My rating is 3 / 5.

When Drishyam completes 100 glorious days - Box Office Update

   First of all hearty congrats to the whole crew behind this wonderful film. During this 100 glorious days of box office run, many records have been destroyed and many have been newly created. Surely, Drishyam will hit the headlines again in the coming days. Lately,  it has been known that Jeethu Joseph himself will be directing the Tamil version with Kamal Haasan in the lead. Vasu and Sripriya will be directing the movies in Kannada and Telugu respectively.


           The theatrical show count has reached 24,000 in the Kerala box office alone. The worldwide number of show count is estimated to be around 30,000.

All India Box Office Collection Figure – 49 Crores

International Box Office Collection Figure – 9 Crores

A Total of  58 Crores from the Box Office!!!!!

Drishyam has redefined what a Malayalam film is capable of doing. Before the release of Drishyam, not any of the movie pundits would have agreed that a Malayalam movie will be able cross the 50 crore bar in the near future.


God's Own Country Malayalam Movie Review

"A rare emotional day" says the tag line of the movie God's Own Country. The film begins and ends on a voice over from Director Renjith is a thriller trying to present some goodness and evil within ourselves and is narrated at a very fast pace telling a rare incident filled day of three people ; an NRI, an advocate and a taxi driver. Whether they can reach their respective destination and whether they can succeed in their do or die battle against all odds to succeed in these situations is what God's Own Country directed by Vasudev Sunil is all about.

The film has succeeded in keeping the viewers on the edge of their seat for the most part especially the first half and credit for that goes to the scripting team.. In movies like these, there is a big chance of things going haywire but here the new writing team have done their job quite well covering loopholes along with a fast paced narrative style.

Advocate Mathen Tharaken, Manu and Mohammed are the three protagonists here. Mathen a Public Prosecutor appearing in a sensational case rocking the state has to reach the court with a clinching evidence while Mohammed is in a desperate situation needing six lakhs. Manu also is on the lookout for Seventy Five lakhs and each of the two plots barring Mathen's plot have big connection with the protagonists life.

First half is fast paced and engaging while the second half is predictable but that is ok and considering the film in totality it is not a disappointment. Also appreciable is the effort in spreading social awareness and some goodness though not in a big way.

Fahadh Fazil, Sreenivasan and Lal did total justice to their respective characters along with Nandu, Lena, Isha Talwar, Mythili, Manikuttan and Vijayakumar forming part of the supporting casts along with few others whose name I am not quite sure of.

Direction by Vasudev Sunil is on the positive side with the making style suiting today's viewers needs and the style of narration is somewhat similar to movies like Passenger and Traffic. The second half comic situations especially the one leading to the police station could have been avoided as it affected the mood of the film.

Another notable aspect is the background score and its Gopisundar behind it while cinematography and edits were fine.

Overall, it was a not a disappointing experience for me and the movie from a bunch of new bees should go well with most audiences if you love such genre. I am going with 3.5 / 5.

Mammootty - Actor Of Many Parts

     The story of Mammootty's journey through cinema is the story of a man who catapulted himself from a "face in the crowd" to the superstar's throne.
     At different stages of his glittering career of over 4 decades and working with five generations of filmmakers and actors, Mammootty has been the lover boy, the quintessential husband, village idiot, the angry young man, the average Joe railing against the establishment, the super slueth or the upright bureaucrat.
     He has also been the director's choice for period cinema (from 'Padayottam' and 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha' to 'Pazhassi raja') or when great literary works were given a screen life ('Mathilugal' baed on Vaikkom muhammed Basheer and directed by Adoor gopalakrishnan or 'Vidheyan' adapted from Zacharia's novella 'Bhaskara Patellarum Ente Jeevathavum').
     Mammooty, along with Mohanlal, is among the few Malayalam superstars with a fan base in other film industries of the south, especially Kollywood.
     Having starred in lead role in over 365 films, Mammootty stands almost shoulder to shoulder to yesteryear evergreen Hero Prem Nazir. And much like Prem nazir, Mammootty has never played the anti-hero, barring a couple of films early in his career such as 'Vilkanundu Swapnangal' and 'Mela' in 1980.
     When the landmark film 'Anubhavangal palichakal' directed by KS Sethumadhavan came out in 1971 Mammootty's bit role was just that of a face in the crowd.
     Mammootty's cap is crowded with feathers-three times National Award for best Actor ('Mathilugal' and 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha' in 1989, 'Vidheyan' and 'Ponthan Mada' in 1983 and 'Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar' in 1999). Add to this seven Kerela State Awards and two dozen-odd Filmfare Awards and Film Critics' Award. The Padmashri was awarded in 1988 making him the first Malayali actor to earn this honour. The celebrated actor has shared screen-space with at least five generations of actors-Prem Nazir in the 1970s, Sukumaran and Madhu in 1980s, Mohanlal, Suresh Gopi, Mukesh and Srinivasan in 1990s and youngsters Prithviraj and Jayasurya since 2000. In Lal Jose's 'Emmanuel' he even teamed up with new age Hero Fahad Fazil, a unique experience as Fahad would say of acting alongside "his Father's (filmmaker Fazil) best and and his best friend's (Mammootty's son Dulquer Salman) father".
     It was in 1980s through the films by IV Sasi and PG Viswambharan that Mammootty established himself as a mainstream Hero through films like 'Sphodanam' and 'Trishna'. It helped that mammootty's rise coincided with a period when Malayalam cinema was benefiting from the creative screenplay of its celebrated writer MT Vasudevan Nair ('Aalkkoottathil thaniye' and 'Adiyozhukkugal').
     The first time Mammootty starred as a Police officer investigating a murder-a role he would make his own for over a decade-was in KG George's taut thriller 'Yavanika'.
     He was overwhelming choice for the lead in the cinema of this period which essentially had family drama themes wovwn around the Middle Class.
     Audiences of this time loved their Mammootty. But it was not until 'Thaniyaavarthanam' and 'New Delhi' were released in 1987 that they woke up to his true potential. If 'New Delhi' (he played an avenging journalist hounded by the establishment) bestowed Megastar status on Mammootty, in the Sibi Malayil directed 'Thaniyaavarthanam' he milked the tear glands of the viewers with a sebnsitive portrayal of a man on whom the society foists the condition of mental illness and whose deliverance from persecution comes when his own mother poisons him to death.
     In 1988, Mammootty starred in K Madhu's 'Oru CBI Diary kurippu', arguably malayalam cinema's first franchise centred on an investigative officer unearthing murder mysteries
that involve corrupt politicians, bureaucrats and police officers.
    The franchise had featured blockbusters such as 'Jagratha', 'Sethurama Iyer CBI' and 'Nerariyan CBI'. Another sequel is in the works.
     Mammootty's acting style which is shorn of set mannerisms has helped him to get into the skin of charactrs he portrays. So it is the character and not Mammootty The Superstar that you identify with in films such as 'Loud Speaker' (Mike), 'Nirakkoottu' (Ravi Varma )or 'Vidheyan' (Bhaskara Patelar).
     His deep voice also took dialogue delivery to new heights. Professionalism in his work ethic and commitment to the character are also admirable.
     One thing that struck me when I interacted with him is his uncanny ability to mimic others. Hi tech savvy nature and yen for fast cars are well established in the film circuit where they adoringly call him "Mammookka". Some of my favourite mammootty movies are 'Yavanika, 'Koodevide', 'Kanamarayath', 'Mrigaya', 'Valarthu Mrigangal', 'The King', 'Ponthan Mada', 'Chronic bachelor' and 'Oru CBI Diary kurippu'.
     Mammootty would try his hand at comedy, never considered his forte, quite successfully spouting the slang of suburban Trivandrum in the blockbuster 'Rajamanikkam' which also marked the directorial debut of Anwar Rasheed. but his best comic performance came much before in the underrated 'Kanalkaattu' (1991) directed by Sathyan Anthikkad.

Ringmaster Malayalam Movie Box Office Collection Update

       Ringmaster is the first release of Dileep in 2014. It is the first film of Rafi after the separation from Rafi-Mecartin duo. Ringmaster is another typical comedy family entertainer.
         Ringmaster is getting a wide release of around 80 theaters all over kerala. The initial reports are in favor of the movie. Previous masala movies of Dileep has turned out to be blockbusters and superhits with negative word of mouth. Indeed that is why Dileep is known as Janapriya Nayakan. So, Ringmaster has all the potential to be a blockbuster.
First Week Box Office update : Though the families have favored Dileep's Ringmaster, '7th Day'  has outrun the movie. First week gross of the movie is estimated to be around 4.60 crores.
Second Week Box Office Collection update : Ringmaster has grossed around 7 crores in it's two week run.
Third Week Box Office Collection update : Ringmaster is back on the top of the box office chart in it's third week across 7th Day and Samsaram Arogyathinu Hanikaram. The box office collection of the movie is estimated to be around 8.80 crores.


7th Day Malayalam Movie Box Office Collection Report

           Prithviraj starrer '7th Day' is directed by debutant Shyam Dhar. To avoid unwanted conclusions among the audience, the team behind the movie haven't released an official trailer for the movie apart from two teaser trailers.
                   Prithviraj is at his best form of his career. The movie is releasing in around 75 theaters all over Kerala and in several screens around India. The initial reports from the theaters are really encouraging and the movie is receiving positive word of mouth all over Kerala.
First Week Box Office update : 7th Day is doing wonders in the theater. The movie has outrun Janapriya Nayakan Dileep starrer Ringmaster in the Vishu race. The first week gross of the movie is estimated to be around 4.85 crores.
Second Week Box Office Collection Update : Increase in a couple of screens and 7th Day is the clear winner of this vishu. The movie is expected to be a Superhit. The movie has succeeded in collecting around  7.70 crores in it's two week run. The movie has to face tough competition as new releases on the card is Dulquer's Samsaram Arogyathinu Hanikaram which is planning a wide release.
Third Week Box Office Collection Update : 7th Day has lost it's steam whereas Ringmaster stays!!! Three week box office collection of the movie is around 8.40. There seems a huge dip in the collection and the number of theaters in the kitty.


Gangster Malayalam Movie Box Office Collection Report


       Gangster, the biggest release of 2014 so far. The pre-release expectations and hype are sky high. When rewinding back in time, Cassanova will be the last movie which has created such a huge expectations among the viewers.
      Gangster is releasing in about 100 screens on the day one when no other releases are scheduled. The first day gross of the movie is estimated to be 1.10 crores. The total screen count has reduced to 75 from day two onwards. The movie is receiving negative feedbacks and is a huge disappointment from such a promising crew. First week gross of the movie is calculated to be around 3.80 crores. Though the movie is already safe with satellite rights, we weren't expecting anything less than a blockbuster.

TERRIBLE!!! Gangster is reported to have terminated it's box office run within three weeks of it's release.

Mosayilay Kuthira Meenukal Malayalam Movie Review

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Malayalam films thinking differently is a welcome thing and also a happy news for movie lovers. In few words, Mosayilay Kuthira Meenukal is an adventurous film with engaging visuals that gives an eye candy experience.
Refreshing and totally different experience is provided by the film that is directed by Ajith Pillai. Its literally an experimentation that has come out very well. For me, the previous film that gave me a similar experience was Neelaakaasham Pacha Kadal Chuvanna Bhoomi, though the story and settings are totally different on a comparison. .
This is one movie where the positive side outshone the negative side. Not that MKM is a hell of a movie that is the best to have come out from Mollywood but it is the beauty with which the film has been presented that makes it all the more special.
The story belongs to Alex (Asif Ali) and Akbar Ali ( Sunny Wayne) who meet at a point and carry forward the plot from there.
Direction, scripting, original soundtrack and BGM by Prashant Pillai, fine editing and above all excellent cinematography by Abinandan Ramanujam where the scenic beauty of Lakshwadeep Island has been captured too well are the factors that puts MKM in a must watch category to experience something varied.
The first half & second half are both equally good as well as moving at a good pace. Under water sequences are one of the highlights here that were captured beautifully.
Asif Ali delivered a flawless act to make the character of Alex a lively one. Sunny Wayne has less prominence in the first half as he appear towards the halfway stage and from there on he takes over and brilliantly portray the role of Akbar Ali.
The two heroines Swati Reddi and Janani Iyer were equally impressive to the task though they have lesser screen presence than their male counterparts. Nedumudi Venu, Jojo and Jijoy supported them along with some unidentifiable actors who were also upto the mark.
To sum up, Mosayilay Kuthira Meenukal is a film that will give you a totally different feel and movie experience and if you want to be part of that, go for it. My rating is 3.5 / 5.

To Noora With Love Malayalam Movie Review

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REVIEW : Follow The Cinema Company

A story / content that could have been told in ninety minutes is stretched to one hundred forty minutes and the result is a poorly executed and presented work. To Noora with Love is a pathetic attempt by director Babu Narayanan that tried its best in irritating and frustrating the viewers and the movie was successful in that mission.

The frustration of the viewers was very much visible on the very few number of viewers present along with me as I could hear the sigh of relief from them once the movie got over.

The story is quite ok but its the poorly written script along with some below average performance and dialogues that let the film down and it was sad to see Mamtha Mohandas becoming part of this venture to make a comeback of sorts.

The film begins from a hospital scene that is the centre of attraction among the media as well as the public. Then its flashback mode were Noora, a social activist (Mamtha) meets Shajahan (Krish Sathar), a sufi singer and focus on their love story, their marriage and the resulting complications.

Majority of the first half moments were over the top making us annoyed while the second half as said earlier goes endlessly with no end in sight. At best, the makers could have trimmed the film by twenty or thirty minutes instead of stretching things.

Coming to the acting side, Mamatha was ok portraying Noora while Krish Sathar as Shajahan was good in parts. Archana Kavi as usual her focus was to compete for the worst actress award. Biyon Gemini, Kaniha, Mamukoya, Nedumudi Venu, Ambika and Pisharody were also part of the supporting casts among others.

Songs by Mohan Sithara was ok and among them I liked the sufi number sung by Shankar Mahadevan. Cinematography by Alagappan was good but cannot say the same about editing.

Overall, it was a disappointing experience watching this flick and I don't recommend it to anyone. Now the rating part, its very rarely that I go with below two and the maximum I prefer in the lower range is two. So going with 2 / 5.

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Law Point Malayalam Movie Review

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REVIEW : Follow The Cinema Company

Lijin Jose showed lot of promise with the making style in Friday his previous film but due to certain strikes by theatres when it was released, the film didn't do that well at the box office though it deserved a better deal. Correct me if I am wrong on the information on strike.

Lijin's latest work, Law Point did everything good till the final twenty minutes or so. The final twists (there are a few) that looked too stupid if you look too much into the logical part. If you are ready to leave logical stuff back home, then you might find the film a pretty decent one to watch.

The movie is a feel good one for the most part and moves at a snail pace for the majority of the running time till it reaches the final stage where it takes the role of simple thriller with suspense and twists happen which for me was a bit too much to digest. Still the attempt is a good one by the director who has used his craft in covering up things in a weak script.

Advocate Sathya Mohan ( Kunjacko Boban) is a leading criminal lawyer who goes to any extent to win his cases. As part of his professional work, Sathya meets Maya (Namitha Pramod) who has attempted suicide and circumstances force the two to go for a short trip where rest of the story happens.

On the trip, the first half is focused on bringing out the character in Maya while in the second half its the turn of Sathya's past which culminates with lots of twists and turns in the end. Viewers looking for pure entertainment will be a disappointed lot as the film travails through a different path in narrating the plot.

Its Neil D'Cunha's camera work that give the film a totally different feel along with apt background score from Bijipal in an otherwise dull film moving at a leisurely pace.

On screen Chackochan looked good and performed his role well nevertheless not a challenging role for him. Namitha was the better among the lead pair and for me this was her best performance till date. Joy Mathew, Nedumudi Venu, Devan, Shari, Romeo guy from Neram film (not sure of his name), P Balachandran and KPAC Lalitha formed part of the supporting actors. Suraj and Prajod who appeared initially in the movie disappeared suddenly.

Overall, it was an average film that will appeal to some. In any case, Lijin the director deserves praise for his attempt here. My rating is 2.5 / 5.


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The Amazing Spiderman 2 Movie Review

Spidey is back in business and as the tag line of the movie says, "His Greatest Battle Begins" from here. The sequel to the current series The Amazing Spiderman pits Peter Parker (Spiderman) against some more powerful enemies and he has to use all his fire power to conquer the evil forces. Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spiderman 2 has a plot that is quite a bit heavy for Spidey fans but the performance of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone save the movie from going below the line.

Adding to the above the visual effects and action too helps the sequel in raising the bar but this sequel is not the best of the Marvel Comic superhero characters adapted to the silver screen. For the fans of the superhero, it should be enough as the film has high doses of action from Spidey. The romantic side involving Peter and Gwen too gets equal prominence keeping the emotional angle between the two and in a way that helped the film quite a lot.

The film begins showing Richard Parker and his wife leaving their son and flying in a flight to protect them from Oscorp dealings that lands them in trouble. The flight crashes and we are back to the present where Peter as Spiderman carries from where he left earlier that is fighting against evil forces and protecting the lives of the innocent.

The story takes a turn later on with Peter's childhood friend Harry Osborn coming back and the appearance of Electro, the antagonist who Spiderman has to battle it out to save Newyork city.

Andrew Garfield as Peter/ Spiderman maintain the performance expected while Emma Stone deliver a knock out punch as Gwen Stacy. Jamie Foxx and Dane Dehaan among the supporting casts were also impressive playing their respective characters with conviction.

Visual effects and background score lifted the film in the technical side. On the whole, this Spidey sequel is not the best among the lot but still for all the fans of the movie, this is a digestible and watchable flick. I am going with 3 / 5.