A still from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
A still from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman, Rocky Handsome to watch this week

'Rocky Handsome' look stylish but lacks emotional heft, while superhero movie 'Batman v Superman' buckles under its own weight

New Delhi: There isn’t much good news at the movies this week. John Abraham’s action thriller Rocky Handsome, directed by Nishikant Kamat, is determined to plumb all depths when it comes to grisly violence, says The Indian Express. But being a Hindi film is not enough justification for the absence of a coherent storyline, dreary set pieces, and long stretches of people shooting at each other. The reviewer wants to be reminded why she has to watch this one in the first place. Read more here

Each character in this film seems to be infused with so much annoying pep and energy that it seems like they are desperately trying to compensate for the deadpan expression with which Abraham moves around, adds Mid-day. Meanwhile, the movie is so busy falling over itself to look stylish and slick that it forgets to focus on the emotional aspect altogether. Read more here

For Hollywood fans, American superhero film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice directed by Zack Snyder starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Jesse Eisenberg comes to India this week. As far as superhero spectacles go, it’s a grand one, says TIME magazine but so top heavy with false portent that it buckles under its own weight. Barely a minute goes by when there isn’t a character or real-life talking head droning on about how humans today still need to believe in gods and heroes. The brutality is heavy-duty and the enmity between the two heroes never jells as it should. Read more here

Forbes adds that the film is ‘a beautiful disaster’. The moments of visual poetry do not make up for the utter mess of thinly sketched characters, haphazard plotting and surprisingly jumbled action. The brutally violent action sequences make it a questionable watch for kids while an unengaging Batman and a mopey Superman do not help things. Read more here.

American supernatural horror film The Forest directed by Jason Zada starring Natalie Dormer and Taylor Kinney manages to generate an intermittently spooky sense of mystery that not even the muddled scripting can fully demolish, says Variety magazine. Dormer is sympathetic enough in her double scream-queen roles, and Zada shows an occasional aptitude for generating suspense through framing, music and sound design, even if the beats he hits are often tediously familiar. Read more here

The Atlantic is less impressed, calling it a disaster in many ways. The absence of any compelling characters, scares, or plot points is one thing. But most crucially, the film doesn’t make the slightest sincere effort to portray the Aokigahara forest where it is set with the respect or sensitivity that such a real-life place deserves. Read more here

In the south, Telugu romantic thriller Run starring Sundeep Kishan and Anisha Ambrose directed by Anil Krishna is a mediocre remake of Tamil movie Neram, says Chitramala. The performances are fairly convincing but the adapted screenplay is not as gripping as one would expect and the film doesn’t deliver as well on the technical front. Read more here

Telugumirchi.com is more impressed, calling it an entertainer worth one’s time. The director does a good job of keeping the audience’s attention and the dialogues help. But the pace slackens in the second half and the film ends on a confusing note. Read more here

Some releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Nagarjuna Akkineni’s Telugu romantic comedy Oopiri, Kannada romantic film Jessie and Bengali movie Sangabora starring Soumitra Chatterjee.

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