Movie Review: Shazam

Shazam is directed by David F. Sandberg, it stars Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Mark Strong and Djimon Hounsou.

Shazam tells the story of Billy Batson (Asher Angel) who’s been chosen by the wizard Shazam (Djimon Hounsou) to take up his mantle

The Good

As a comicbook movie Shazam works in many ways, the movie in general is fun and it’s highly entertaining. Zachary Levi plays Shazam and he perfectly embodies an adult with a 15 year old mind. His chemistry with Freddy Freeman who’s played by Jack Dylan Grazer is great and they create this odd mentor, men-tee relationship that’s very fun to watch.

Asher Angel is also great as Billy Batson, you understand why he is the way he is. He’s got a very emotional arc which elevates the movie even further. There’s an underlying message about family and the movie hits this perfectly.

The Bad

Unfortunately much like the majority of comicbook films the movie suffers from it’s villains. Mark Strong plays Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and though the movie gives a sympathetic backstory as the movie progresses there’s nothing much to his character other than someone who wants power. There are also CGI monsters which aren’t that great.


Overall Shazam is definitely one of the better DC comic book movies, alongside Wonder Woman and to some extent Aquaman. It delivers plenty of laughs and the chemistry between the actors are great, you buy that Zachary Levi is an adult with a child’s mind and he plays this perfectly.

Other characters are also great especially the other foster kids as well as their foster parents and even with very little screen time Djimon Hounsou is great as a wizard who just wants his mantle to be passed. Shazam is highly recommended, though caution there are several scary scenes that might not be good younger children.


Movie Review: Searching

I didn’t know her. I didn’t know my daughter

directed by first time director Aneesh Chaganty, Searching stars John Cho, Debra Messing and Michelle La.

When Margot Kim disappeared following a study night session, David Kim is hellbent on finding his daughter uncovering secrets in the process.

The Good

One of the most notable features of the movie is how the movie completely takes place in a computer screen. This has been done before with movies like unfriended and unfriended 2. However what makes Searching great is that it used this style of film-making to engage it’s audience. From the moment the plot kicks in, you are hooked with what’s happening on the screen and you also find yourself looking for clues and answers with what’s presented to you.


John Cho mostly carries this film, his acting is phenomenal and with what limited space he’s got to work with he’s done a great job showing a range of emotions throughout the whole film.

The Bad

Nothing bad to say


Searching David Kim (John Cho)

Overall Searching delivers an excellent thriller mystery story with strong performances from John Cho and Debra Messing. The story keeps you guessing and puts at the edge of your seat, definitely one of the best this year and highly recommended.

Good Bad 4.8/5
    • Engaging story
    • Unpredictable/thrilling

Movie Review: Crazy Rich Asians

She just think you’re some like unrefined banana. Yellow on the outside, and white on the inside.

Crazy Rich Asians is based on the book of the same name by Kevin Kwan. It is directed by Jon M. Chu and it stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and Henry Golding.

When Rachel (Constance Wu) is asked by Nick Young (Henry Golding) to go to Singapore to attend a friends wedding, things doesn’t go smoothly as Rachel finds out more information about Nick and his family.

The Good

It’s easy to scoff at romantic comedies as it feels like there’s a very formulaic approach to it. There’s no denying the Crazy Rich Asians is indeed a romantic comedy but it’s one that manages to weave in and out of the cliches of a typical rom-com but also delivers a compelling story with compelling characters.


One of the biggest worry is how can a normal person relate to rich people problems. The story however, doesn’t touch around that but rather it focuses on Rachel and his relationship with Nick. As she’s the audience’s avatar, she is reacting how a normal person reacts to everything that’s happening around her and it makes her very relatable.

Henry Golding is also great, he’s incredibly charismatic and very likeable. Despite his very rich background you still root for the guy, you root for the couple in general, you’re absolutely hoping their relationship to work out.


The other characters are also great from Michelle Yeoh, Awkwafina and even Ken Jeong. The cinematography also stands out as there are plenty of beautiful shots of Singapore as well as the presentation of the wedding.

The Bad

No bad thing to say about this movie



Overall Crazy Rich Asians was a surprise, it’s story telling is very reminiscent of classic romantic movies in the 60s. It’s got an engaging story and likeable characters. You will without a doubt leave the theater with a smile after watching this movie, highly recommended.

PS: DO NOT watch this movie with an empty stomach as there are plenty of delicious food shown in the screen. 😛


Good Bad 4.5/5
    • Great characters
    • Engaging story
    • Beautiful cinematography

Book Review: The Anomaly by Michael Rutger

The truth? Who gives a fuck?

The Anomaly is a thriller science fiction novel by Michael Rutger. Nolan Moore is a documentary presenter looking for a big break in the media industry. When him and his team caught wind of a story about an explorer finding a mysterious cavern within The Grand Canyon, the team sets out to find the same cavern and try to document the mystery behind it.

The book starts out as your typical horror movie set up. A group of people heading to an exotic location, in their case to film a documentary and soon finds out something odd is afoot in said location. This book however is a lot more clever than expected.

The characters are likable and though they are types they’re all given personalities. The story itself is simple and though there are times where you think the book’s going a certain way, it manages to stay unpredictable until the very end.

Overall The Anomaly was very fun read, it’s highly entertaining and even though it starts off fairly slow it becomes a page turner halfway through. If you’re looking for a good science fiction/thriller/horror with some dab of comedy, check out The Anomaly.

Rating: 4/5

Book Review: Origin by Dan Brown

Sometimes, all you have to do is shift your perspective to see someone else’s truth.

Origin is the fifth book in Dan Brown’s series starring the Harvard professor, Robert Langdon. When futurist Edmond Kirsch gets assassinated during his groundbreaking presentation. It’s up to Robert Langdon and curator Ambra Vidal to disclose to the world Edmond’s discovery, the origins of life.

Origin has all the staple elements that makes a Dan Brown novel. A high stakes mystery, Robert Langdon’s female companion and a rogue assassin that’s after our heroes. Not to mention countless of commentary on art, architecture and several exotic locations. Though repetitive author Dan Brown still manages to keep it entertaining.

The book starts out strong setting up the premise of the story, the topic is intriguing and I found myself invested in the outcome. Like previous books starring Robert Langdon, this follows the same beats with our main character adding his commentary on everything around him. Sometimes it’s relevant to the plot however at times it feels tedious.

The novel touches on a lot of themes from religion to science to technology even to the ever growing topic of artificial intelligence. And though far fetched, there’s a level of plausibility on the concepts and ideas presented.

The book drags a bit and there are plot points presented at the start that were completely forgotten as the book goes on. At times it’s predictable and at times it’s hard to care about some characters, right around the middle the story got convoluted and by the third act it becomes a muddled mess.

Overall Origin isn’t one of the better Dan Brown books but it still manages to be entertaining. The ideas presented are interesting and I found myself researching on the history behind it. If you’re a fan of these books, you might find to your liking but if you’re not it’s not recommended.

Rating: 3/5


Movie Review: Hereditary

I just don’t want put anymore stress in my family

Hereditary is the feature length directorial debut of Ari Aster. It stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne and Milly Shapiro.

When the Graham family experiences a loss, the family struggles to express their grief, in the meantime weird things start happening around the house affecting all the rest of the family.

The Good

Hereditary is easily one of the best horror movie to have come out this year. It is tense, it’s creepy but it’s also well shot and brilliantly acted. Toni Collette gives a powerhouse performance alongside Alex Wolff and the rest of the cast are also great.


Though it doesn’t have a lot of jump-scares, it does deliver in terms of uneasiness. At times it’s uncomfortable and there’s a lingering feeling of dread throughout the movie as one bad thing leads to another.

Another great aspect of the movie is the cinematography, the movie uses creative shots and cuts to amplify the creepiness and once again it’s thoroughly effective.

The Bad


Though majority of the movie works, the movie does have some flaws. When the third act kicks in, it becomes your typical horror movie having elements that you have seen before. In return, the movie becomes somewhat predictable and it can take you out of the movie.



Overall Hereditary though slow, it delivers the scares, the creeps and the uneasiness. The acting and the cinematography is the movie’s biggest strengths. The story sucks you in with vice like grip and puts you on the edge of your seat and at times you’ll feel helpless.

Unfortunately the movie doesn’t maintain this throughout as the third act becomes your run of the mill horror flick. It has surprises that you’ll never see coming and scenes that are undoubtedly unforgettable and with that it all leads to a great horror film. If you love psychological horror, Hereditary is highly recommended.

Good Bad 4.8/5
    • Great Performances
    • Great Cinematography
    • Utterly Creepy
    • Weak third act

Movie Review, Solo: A Star Wars Story (mild spoilers)

I’m gonna be a pilot… best in the galaxy.

Solo is directed by Ron Howard, it stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Paul Bettant and Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo.

Solo tells the story of young Han Solo and his origins steaming from how he met Chewbacca and Lando Calrisssian and their adventures years before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.

The Good

One of the notable things about this movie is that it looks great, it has some spectacular set pieces almost like a theme park with very big rides scattered around. One prominent line you would have heard from the original Star Wars movies is Han Solo doing the Kessel run in 12 parsecs and they show it here and it’s a great set piece, and it definitely puts you on the edge of your seat.


Elden Ehrenreich is decent as Han Solo, he’s not quite Harrison Ford but a notable aspect of his performance is he’s not trying to be Harrison Ford but rather he’s putting his own take on Han Solo and it works.

The Bad


With this being an origin story of a character we already know who’s dead, the movie lacks real stakes. We know Han Solo survives, we know Chewbacca and Lando survives so what’s the point? Though there are interesting other characters here and there, since we have never heard of them from previous movies we can assume what happens to them at the end and that results into this being a predictable movie.


Overall Solo is a decent addition to the Star Wars canon, though it is an origin story it still manages to add more story to the Star Wars lore. Your supporting casts are also great, Donald Glover as Lando is good and with a hot talent like him, you can almost assume that they might make a stand alone Lando movie.


However that doesn’t save this movie from the fact that it’s an origin story of a character that we know is dead. And for that it might fail in grabbing any emotional investment from it’s audience. But if you are interested in the origins of Han Solo this one is for you.

Good Bad 3/5
    • Kessel Run in 12 Parsecs
    • Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo
    • Donlad Glover as Lando Calrissian
    • Predictable
    • Lack of Stakes