Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A Look At Robocop (2014)

When you hear the word reboot it's natural to assume the movie will blow, past experiences have shown time and again that reimagination of a classic doesn't always yield good results. However of late they have done a pretty decent job expecially with the new Spiderman (yes I really like it, though in all honesty anything can be better the two movies that preceded it) even though its strictly not a reboot per se, but that's a discussion for another time. I'm here to talk about Robocop.

I caught literally the last show of the day at 11 30 at night and to my genuine surprise the movie theatre was empty when we walked in, literally. Even the attendant wasn't in the hall. There were a total of 3 people including tanks(my friend) and myself. Goes to show the sad state of affairs when it comes to english movies in Delhi/Gurgaon at least, if not all of India.

Now I know most people were sceptical about the reboot with all the shiny robots and whatnot but trust me its ok; you know what they say 'if the shoe fits, wear it'. The movie started off on a wicked note with the surprise inclusion of a slightly tweaked version of the Original Theme, gave me goosebumps. Though I was sad not to hear more of it throughout the movie. When looking at this remake you need to understand 2 basic things; 1- Movies are made to make money. In this day and age PG 13 will sell more than an Rated M movie, despite those 'limitations' Robocop does a pretty good job and has its fair share of action. 2- More importantly you need to realize this reboot serves as a base for future additions to the series and as such is laying the foundation for Murphy and his new life. At times the movie is a little slow so to speak with a few awkward scenes when he tries to reconnect with his family after his 'procedure'. These are extremely important in his character development and in understanding the changes he is going through. They set up rest of the movie and build up his character to one you try and relate to by the end. If you have played the new Tomb Raider you will understand how putting in elements to help viewers/players relate to the protagonist is important for them to get really immersed in the what they are seeing.

I quite enjoyed the movie and to be honest I don't know what all the fuss is about. Sure it wasn't as gory but hey its still a good movie. Look at the movie for what it offers and how well it does that rather than what it could have or should have done. The only real complaint I have with the new Robocop is how his mobility at times seems too fluid for folks who have been used to the original movies. Sometimes he's a little clunky but in battle he goes all acrobatic in a few scenes and it throws you off to say the least. Other than that I think the reboot was good and really goes to show that not all reboots are bad.

Ps: Samuel L Jackson was awesome!

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Road To Comic Con India 2014

With Comic Con India just 2 days it's not surprise that I am still struggling to finish my costume. It looks like things are finally coming together but as always it's going to be a sprint to the finish.

Every year, the day after comic con i pretytmuch decide what I want to do the next year but laziness gets the better of me and I usually don't start working until mid January(shame on me, I know). This year however I was stuck deciding between two possible cosplays; Link and Cloud. I finally went with Cloud because I liked his sword way too much. I originally wanted to make the First Tsurugi but I went with his Buster sword he gets from Zach. At first I wasn't sure how it was going to come out but this thing is a work of art. I could not be happier. I went with a wooden hilt and a lighter
wood board for the blade to make it more 'manageable', but its still quite heavy, at least for my measly arms. You get only a sneak at the sword, BEFORE the finishing touches. The final product is a surprise.

The two components I ran into problems with were the wig and shoulder pad. The wig, ordered from China arrived TODAY despite being ordered almost a month ago just hours after a bought a replacement one from Delhi itself. But hey now I have two and that's never a bad thing! The replacement wig might just end up on a Super Saiyen outfit in the near future, I'll keep you posted.

The shoulder pad however was much more difficult. After striking out online and being turned down by a dozen metal workers I decided to try and make it myself. I went with PoP( the stuff they make a cast out of) and I'm quite happy with the result. I still need to cut it and and finish off some of the edges but the PoP has given a nice rugged look which I really really like. My clothes are almost ready, with only a few finishing touches needed, I might just be done in time this year! Comic Con India is always exciting and this year promises to be no less, I can't wait! Might post a sneak peak of the costume the night/morning before.

I also have a new Facebook Page where I will regularly post updates and stuff so you can stay tuned.