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5 Movies to Watch This Summer

As we continue our search into a better future, we bring you five movies that will lead you deeper into possibilities that emerge in the paths of reality.

Text: Sachi Agrawal

BlacKkKlansman

Ron Stallworth is an African American cop in the 1960’s. He conceives the impossible mission of infiltrating and exposing the White Supremacist cult- the Ku Klux Klan. What follows is a hilarious yet poignant ride of bulldog determination and self discovery. You not only watch him but accompany him on this ride.

Spike Lee’s uncanny sense of bringing out the distinction in every character stands true in his 2018 release. John David Washington as Ron Stallworth steals the show and Adam Driver is adorable as the troubled Jew. We are not going to spill too many details about Christopher Grace as David Duke because you must watch him to see his ability to wring out a humanlike grace from the most sinister characters.

While being perfectly entertaining, BlacKkKlansman also raises grave questions about our standards of beauty. The parochial standards of beauty have been railroaded into our consciousness for centuries which has led to limitations in our mind and thereby, our speech and actions. The film brings our attention to these unconscious biases and just as quickly shows a world of confidence and self acceptance that lies beyond these preconceived standards.

Considered as the creme de la creme of Spike Lee’s career, BlacKkKlansman hits all the right notes of humour, craft, plot and a grave message; in all the right ways.

Her

Joaquin Phoenix left quite an impression in his iconic portrayal of Arthur Fleck in Joker (2019). We love his on-screen presence and certainly wouldn’t mind more of him.

If you are looking for movies to see the absolute perfection of this current internet favourite, ‘Her’ is the movie you are looking for. In this sci-fi romance, we are introduced to a world where we become more and more dependent on technology for basic human needs such as communication and acceptance. Theodore is a skilled writer on a search to fill the ever widening void of loneliness in his life. His quest for affection ends when an operating system which calls itself Samantha picks up the broken pieces of his heart. Well, we are not blaming anyone who falls in love with Scarlett Johannson’s voice.

The movie shows how our ubiquitous digital devices know us really well. From our mails to our pictures, our search histories and cookies, technology seems to know us better than all our friends do. Are human relationships becoming obsolete as a consequence? Watch the movie to find out.

Ladybird

Watching the teenage journey of Christine Mcpherson aka ‘Ladybird’ in Greta Gerwiig’s directorial debut is like relishing raw mango on a hot summer afternoon enriched with both sweet and sour flavours; it leaves a lingering aftertaste.

Writer-Director Greta Gerwig’s debut tells the story of Ladybird through years of teenage. Greta deftly brings out the best performances from its lead mother-daughter duo. What is remarkably striking is how real and profound the nuances of growing up are in the movie, from your first kiss, to first school dance, first job, first acts of faith and seeing the world as it is for the first time. In her loud-yet-assertive manner, Saoirse reminds you of those years when you couldn’t wait to grow up and find your own place in the world.

While Lady bird is reckless and headstrong, her mother, Marion Mcpherson (Laurie Metcalf) is just as strong a character with a quicksilver wit and opinions of her own. Both these characters go through a series of emotions of joy, love, laughter and the inevitable annoyance. You will also be reminded of how it felt to shop with your first best friend, your mother. The scene is particularly humorous as the mother refuses to utter the sweet words her daughter wants to hear.

Ladybird with its raw and clever dialogues holds your attention till the very end. It reminds you that growing up has got to be the most memorable time of one’s life.

Lunchbox

Falling in love is one of the greatest feelings known to human existence. Lunchbox is about that very feeling made even more sublime by the fortuity with which the lead characters are brought together.

In the wake of his death, Irrfan Khan makes you feel the loss of this great talent with his journey as a common man. The character Mr. Fernandes is a widower in the process of bidding goodbye to his longtime career. While at office, he deals with the realisation of age, and that his inner life is empty. In the most unlikely of ways, his source of comfort arrives as notes in his lunchbox. The woman writing to him is Ila (Nimrat Kaur) who is trying to mend her sinking relationship with her husband.

By piecing little commonplace parts together, Director Ritesh Batra encapsulates a broader picture of life and its simple pleasures in Lunchbox. The film has its biggest surprise in Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a way we are not used to. If lunchbox is your afternoon meal, Nawazuddin is the morsel of dessert that makes the meal wholesome despite its small quantity.

Lunchbox shows the beauty of commonplace things in life; a loving note in a lunchbox or just a warm smile makes the adhesive that holds your life together.

Marriage Story

When two people who shared a loving relationship once grow to loathe each other after a decade of life together, whose side do you pick?

Noah Baumbach has garnered accolades from viewers and critics alike for his in-depth portrayal of both of these sides. Scarlett Johannson and Adam Driver as Nicole and Charlie take you on their heartbreaking journey of finding oneself after it all ends.

The opening of the movie draws you in within a few seconds and from then on you are part of their journey like a tender insider rather than an indifferent spectator. When you stay together with someone for long you know their flaws really well, but you also recognise their beauty and strengths. In the first few minutes of the movie, the characters reiterate these very strengths with honesty and care and for a moment, you find yourself hoping that they somehow find a way to reconcile.

Marriage Story also interweaves the difficulties of separation within the details of everyday life almost seamlessly. Little things like holidays, child’s education, career choices, family grievances are weighted carefully in the movie, yet in no moment do they seem forced. The supporting cast with talented Laura Dern (who also won an Academy Award for her role) and
Ray Liotta only add to the beauty of this heartbreaking story.