Disney opens ‘Spies in Disguise’ with decent reviews and box office projections

Spies in Disguise, a CG comedy opened in 3,500 screens domestically. In the first opening five-day frame, the movie is projected to pull in something in the range of $20 million.

Spies in Disguise comes from Blue Sky, the studio best known for Ice Age and Rio franchises. None of its films outside those franchises has taken more than $300 million at the global box office. Its last offering, Ferdinand, opened in December 2017 (also against a Star Wars film), and took $13.4 million in its first three days on its way to $84.4 million domestic. The film performed well abroad pulling in an additional $211M from international plays.

The movie is directed by Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, produced by Blue Sky Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox. Based on Lucas Martell’s 2009 animated short Pigeon: Impossible, the movie features Will Smith and Tom Holland, alongside Rashida Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan, Karen Gillan, DJ Khaled, and Masi Oka in the supporting roles.

Review: ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ aesthetically retains the continuity from the sequel

Commotion for the chosen ones and the drop in the jungle, opens Jumanji: The Next Level! The third installment of the jungle fantasy franchise around Jumanji video game is one of the much awaited movies for all age groups. The movie has busted all the franchise records with its humour, action, environment creation and CG animals.

The movie has shown the quadraphonic chemistry between the four stars: Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black  and have been joined by Nick Jonas, Alex Wolff, Morgan Turner, Ser’Darius Blain, and Madison Iseman reprising their roles from the previous film, alongside newcomers Awkwafina, Danny Glover, and Danny DeVito.

Jumanji franchise is popular irrespective of age as the movie series is known to maintain the mystery and the fantasy of the video game. However unlike other installments, the third installment has lost the surprise element where bunch of unaware people being dragged in a real life videogame.  As this time Spencer wanted to go inside the video game as he wanted to experience how it feels to become as powerful as the character Bravestone in the game one more time. Although that didn’t happen since the game was broken and he landed as a new character Ming Fleetfoot who is not as powerful as Bravestone. When Spencer’s friends Bethany, Fridge, and Martha found that Spencer is missing and the game is running they decided to re-enter Jumanji to save him. Spencer’s grandfather Eddie and his friend Milo Walker heard the commotion and inadvertently get sucked into the game too before any of Spencer’s friends can select their avatars.

Just because the game is broken the players faced different consequences in the jungle with much more dangerous obstacles. Although if we count it as a sequel  then Jumanji: The Next Level has lived up to the expectation by maintaining its continuity  with  characters,  bonding, in-game narrator.  However if  this sequel would have altered the monotony in the continuity by introducing fresh storyline, characters, suspense and surprises of the jungle the outcome could have been  better. If you have watched Jumanji : Welcome to the Jungle you will get the vibe that the old friends are back in the jungle expedition with  the addition of two old age men.

The best part of the movie was the humour and the witty dialogue punch at the right time has gripped the audience’s attention in the movie till the end. Thus even if you are aware that the sequel three is closely connected to sequel two then also you will not feel the movie is lagging due to lack of innovation.

The VFX of the movie was done by Method Studios, Weta Digital, Rodeo FX, and Sony Pictures Imageworks and they have done the jungle and desert landscape, CG animals and the action sequences marvelously. The DI of the CG shots be it with ostrich or horse were quite smooth and well blended including the presence of the light in the shots were realistic. The colour gradation of the environment matched to the characters present in the sequence well.

The performance technique of live action – and the occasional reshuffling of avatars and players made it pleasing to watch. Perhaps the next Jumanji film will experiment with an acoustic unplugged version which takes place solely in the real world or perhaps it will be the sequel of the original version, only time can tell. Overall the movie retains core components, sticking to its roots while added fresher aspects to make it  enjoyable while watching. The movie is launching on 13 December in India and it will be the perfect movie to catch up up with bunch of old friends or family in the holiday season.


‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ official trailer – It’s a different ballgame this time around!

For those who’ve been clamoring to get back into the ‘jungle’ after the side-splitting yet adventurous sojourn that Dwayne Johnson’s 2017 comic caper embarked on, the official trailer of Jumanji: The Next Level would have tickled them pink.

A sequel to the smasher Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the next chapter in the riveting video game brings all our protagonists back into the mix, except there are a few changes this time around.

Not everyone gets back into their original avatars – Johnson, previously embodied by Spencer, is now Spencer’s grandfather instead, played by Danny DeVito, whereas Fridge is the gaming avatar of DeVito’s friend played by Danny Glover.

So the rest of the group, Martha (Karen Gillan), Fridge (Kevin Hart) and Bethany (Jack Black), have a task of finding their friend in the madcap world of Jumanji, all the while having to get through the game too.

As Jumanji’s in-game guide Nigel Billingly promises, this new adventure is “even more challenging” and the action-packed first look of the sequel certainly posits the same: ginormous ostriches chasing our heroes in a sprawling dessert, giant anaconda biting Black’s head off, a monstrous hippo waiting to devour them in a lake, furious macaques coming after them and what not – it’s a wild goose chase!

Also returning to the film are Nick Jonas, Madison Iseman, and Morgan Turner, along with a new character essayed by Awkwafina.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, Jumanji: The Next Level opens the gates on 13 December 2019.

Marvel drops final trailer for ‘Avengers: Endgame’; Russo brothers urges fans not to spoil the film for others

Marvel has dropped yet another trailer for Avengers: Endgame, which takes fans on an emotional ride down the memory lane.

The new (and final) trailer opens with Avengers appearing to confront and fight their greatest threat till date, Thanos after he wiped out half the population, including their allies, from the universe. The nearly three minute long clip showcases the past 21 movies in quick flashbacks that have led up to Avengers: Endgame, the final film.

It opens up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) calling heroes “an old-fashioned notion”, moving on to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in 2008. Since then, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has brought in Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), the Guardians of the Galaxy and more. The trailer brings back memories, some more vivid than others.

Breaking the chronological order, the trailer culminates with Avengers: Infinity War that released before and Captain Marvel, in which, Thanos (Josh Brolin) wiped out half the world’s population and a good chunk of the Avengers. The trailer ends with a clip from the upcoming movie where Captain America promises to do “whatever it takes” to “avenge” what has been done.

The countdown has already begun as it’s only nine days from the possible epic finale. With many videos and clips being leaked online, the director duo- the Russo brothers have urged “the greatest fans” not to spoil Endgame for others with a letter that they posted on Instagram through the campaign – #DontSpoilTheEndgame.

Avengers: Endgame hits big screens on 26 April, and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark aka Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie.

Recently released ‘Spies in Disguise’ trailer leaves the viewers stunned

Twentieth Century Fox has launched the trailer of Spies in Disguise, the new animated feature from Blue Sky Studios. Super Spy Lance Sterling is voiced by Will Smith and scientist Walter Beckett by Tom Holland. Other key voices include Ben Mendelsohn, Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones, DJ Khaled, and Masi Oka. Directed by veteran animators Nick Bruno and Troy Quane, Spies in Disguise was inspired by Lucas Martell’s 2009 short Pigeon: Impossible.

Lance is smooth, suave and debonair. Walter is… not. But what Walter lacks in social skills he makes up for in smarts and invention, creating the awesome gadgets Lance uses on his epic missions. But when events take an unexpected turn, Walter and Lance suddenly have to rely on each other in a whole new way. And if this odd couple can’t learn to work as a team, the whole world is in peril. Spies in Disguise is an animated comedy set in the high-octane globe-trotting world of international espionage.

The trailer ends with Lance Sterling suddenly turning into a bird; a twist which is sure to shock the viewers and leave them curious to discover what happens next. Spies in Disguise is slated to release on 13 September 2019.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ comics to be back in 2019

Marvel fans have a reason to celebrate as Marvel Comics has announced to relaunch the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series in 2019.

The publishing house has finally decided to bring back the Guardians of the Galaxy series, nine months after the previous series of this superhero franchise came to an end. Marvel Entertainment took to Twitter to unveil the poster of the upcoming comic book series which is slated to be released in January 2019. The poster ‘Who Are The Guardians’ will be probably scripted by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw.

Some media reports also state that Marvel might introduce some new characters in the upcoming comic books. The poster consisted of characters from the past and present, including Thor and its supporting character Beta Ray Rill, two X-Men-related intergalactic groups (the Imperial Guard and the Star Jammers) and Cosmic Ghost Rider, which is a recently created character having the characteristics of both the famous characters of Ghost Rider and the Punisher.

The popular American comic book series was made into a film in 2014 of the same name. The story of the fiction fantasy-science fiction film revolves around a group of interstellar rogues who turned superheroes in order to save the universe.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy premiered under the banner of Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It was the tenth film in the MCU. The movie starred Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel (voice of Groot), Bradley Cooper, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, John C. Reilly, Glenn Close and Benicio del Toro.

The movie was followed by a sequel titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 that was released in 2017. With the same lead cast, the film was also successful at the box office. Slated to be released in 2020, the third instalment of the film titled Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might get delayed after director James Gunn was detained from the project.


Mumbai’s D.N. Nagar metro transforms to ‘Jumanji’ experience

An explosion of surprises awaits Mumbaikers as a plan to introduce the public to the world of Jumanji whilst honouring the remarkable lead actor that starred in the first movie, the late Robin Williams. Fans of the 1995 Jumanji movie will finally be given a taste of what it’s like to be in the jungle.

D.N. Nagar metro entrance

To illustrate this feeling, Sony Pictures Entertainment transformed the D.N. Nagar metro station into the fictional world of Jumanji. Since there were a number of trailers released, there had been a lot of excitement from the fans of the first movie. Based on the events that will be seen in Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the experience at the D.N. Nagar metro station was centered around this theme.

Running parallel to the idea of stampeding animals, dangling vines and breathless sense of adventure in the movie, the busy metro station has been recreated in the same manner. That was one of the main reasons why D.N. Nagar metro station had been chosen for the integration.

D.N. Nagar metro ticket counter

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle revolves around four students that are sent to detention and find the Jumanji video game. Immediately after they start to play it, they get sucked into the game and their journey to complete it starts from there on, which is compiled with adventure, action and humour. The movie features Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Jack Black and Nick Jones as the lead actors.

The installation will remain at the metro station till 2 January 2018. Fans of the movies can visit the metro station to experience the jungle world.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is slated for release on 29 December 2017.

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