‘The Intern’ Review: A Role You Wouldn’t Think De Niro Would Ever Play

De Niro and Hathaway in The Intern
De Niro and Hathaway in The Intern

Even if not for the sake of the awkward and yet refreshing role Robert De Niro plays , ‘The Intern’ is not a movie you would want to re-watch—but you wouldn’t totally hate it.

The lapses in the storyline and disconnect from the many things that would actually happen in real life in certain scenarios clearly put the movie out there as one of those forcefully meandered to achieve a specific ‘happy ending.’

From the start, ‘The Intern’ comes off as something meaningful but take De Niro out of the picture and it would come crumbling on the floor as an ordinary work and life crisis movie—this time, with a young mother of one taking in the stress while her ‘stay at home’ husband brings up with their beautiful daughter.

In ‘The Intern,’ Robert De Niro plays Ben Whittaker, a well lived 70 year old retired widower bored with the amount of time he has on his hand. His earlier escape routine of always being on the go seemed perfect until he came across an advertisement by a new local internet start-up looking for interns—and this time, it was not convention, the company wanted senior ‘citizen’ interns. Read more

‘Legend’ Review: When A Gangster is ‘Not A Taker But A Giver’ | Tom Hardy Good Play of Two Distinct Characters in Krays Biopic

The Kray brothers
The Kray brothers in Legend

In the early days of modern cinema, it was deeply amazing to have one actor play two roles in the same film—and appearing in the same scene as two different characters. Today, technology has made this perfectly possible and movie goers are no more wowed by such techniques.

But in ‘Legend’ Tom Hardy’s two watchable and somewhat distinct characters may confuse you into believing, these characters are being played by two different people—just that there is good facial resemblance.

As expected when a film is based on a true story, the critics have written out far disconnecting reviews—with the movie receiving as much as 5 stars from some reputable film critics and as low as 2 stars from others. I am yet to see a star but the varying in the praise points to the fact that, these critics paid attention to different elements of the film.

The film comes off as a caricature and well below our understanding of what gangsters are capable of doing; their antics and mode of operation. But considering the fact that the film was set in the 1950s, the huge disparity in the brutality of those tagged gangsters was inevitable.

Tom Hardy successfully plays Ronnie and Reggie Kray—East End London based twins who rose on the back of violence and intimidation to earn enviable street credibility and huge bank balances in the 1950s and 1960s.

Together with their gang-The Firm, the Krays were involved in armed robberies, arson, protection rackets, assaults, and the murders of Jack “The Hat” McVitie and George Cornell—the latter activities ended their freedom on the street and the former fetched them a hell lot of money and control. Read more

LIFESTYLE GUIDE: Crouch End’s Jade Palace | Serving Authentic Delicious Chinese Food That Won’t Empty Your Wallet

Jade Palace-Starter
Jade Palace-Starter

Chinese restaurants are all over the world —and North London is by means exempted from the aggressive Chinese takeover.

However, not every Chinese restaurant is worth being recommended; they may all present the same menu but they surely do taste a lot different—ranging from those that will get you to throw up to those that take pride in serving delicious meals like Jade Palace.

North London may not sit in the minds of people as one of London’s posh suburbs but it has certain key affluent areas like Crouch End where you would find the residence of certain local celebrities. Of course you wouldn’t catch Jonathan Ross there, but trust me; it’s a preferred celebrity safe zone. Read more

Film Review: ‘The Transporter Refuelled’ | What is Transporter without Jason Statham?…Feeble Fight Scenes & Unimpressive Chases Around the French Riviera

Ed-Skrein in the 'The TransporterRefuelled'
Ed-Skrein in the ‘The TransporterRefuelled’

Apart from the obvious fact that no one can perfectly fit into the black suit of cocky British actor-Jason Statham, the on-screen ‘street fighting’ prodigy was the reason why the sequel-The Transporter caged impressive international attention.

Others can say, it was a complimentary relationship, because ‘The Transporter’ shot Jason to a worldwide audience who were in desperate need for a new hero and he was the perfect catch for the job.

Therefore, the decision to go ahead with a new installment without the original master key came as a shock to many film critics—and ‘The Transporter Refuelled’ confirmed that there can never be another ‘Transporter’ without Jason Statham—unless you want to call it; ‘The Transporter Failure.’

It was not just the absence of the swaggering Jason Statham that pushed ‘ The Transporter Refuelled’ below the red lines, the storyline was far-stretched—and in most cases, unrealistic events took off just to get a fight scene up or inject a high speed chase around the French Riviera.

Newcomer-Ed Skrein spoke with the same Jason Statham pace and fought at near speed but these were not enough, the Jason persona was missing and it was all over the movie. The high speed chases came off good, well placed ‘Fast and Furious’ stunts but the man behind the wheel still had question marks all over his forehead. Read more