Random Silly Post: Bang Bang! My Favorite Move of 2014

I’m still trying to get back in the swing of “normal” posting after the whole Jab Harry Met Sejal massive month long series.  Technically I don’t “owe” another review right now, I’ve done my Malayalam and Tamil/Telugu for the week, my DDLJ (yes, I am finally back to DDLJ) will be going up sometime tomorrow, Hindi Film 101 is happening like usual on Thursday, but it just doesn’t feel like enough!  So, here, have a bonus tiny review of a silly silly loveable movie.

I was trying to think of a silly happy movie I could rewatch quickly and review, and then I saw Bang Bang on my bookshelf and thought “perfect!  I don’t even have to rewatch it!”  Not because it is so shallow and below my notice that it isn’t worth a re-watch, but because I am so shallow that it is my favorite movie of 2014 and I watched it 4 times in theaters and innumerable times since then on DVD until I have the whole thing memorized.  It’s just the happiest stupidest friendliest funnest film!  The golden retriever puppy of films.  And, just like puppies, you will find some people who are all “ooo, they are so stupid and messy and pointless and bad acting!”  But most people will say “Puppies!  They just make me smile!

 

(Puppies!)

There is so much to love in this film!  Let me quickly count down my top 5:

5. The random Pizza Hut product placement in the middle of an action scene, which also means a random Pizza Hut restaurant on a deserted mountain.  Oh, and of course the Pizza Hut pizza as a vital part of our first hero-villain interaction!

4. The History of the Kohinoor cartoon at the beginning of the film.

3. The Parade of Cardigans in the middle of Katrina’s fantasy love song.

(Who doesn’t dream of a man in a cardigan?)

2a. The under/over water chase scene complete with magical flying water jet shoes in the middle.

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2b. Tied with the ridiculous water chase scene in which Hrithik water skies behind a hydroplane at the end.

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1.1. And finally, of course, the little pronoun lesson in song form, “TU TU TU HAI MERI”

 

You don’t have to agree with me, I am sure all of the many many many many many many many other Bang Bang lovers in this blog community will have their own special reasons for loving this wonderful movie.  But I think we can all agree that Katrina Kaif is not going to make the top 5 list for anyone.

She doesn’t give a BAD performance, exactly.  But I also wouldn’t say it’s a good performance.  Or, necessarily use the word “performance”.  She’s there, breathing, talking, occasionally moving.  But I never quite get the sense that she is bringing anything to the role that could not have been provided by a Katrina Kaif shaped cut out and a computer reading the script aloud.  Luckily, that is all that is required of her!  To be a Katrina shaped cut out onscreen.  Pretty, occasionally moving her facial muscles, and modeling a variety of revealing outfits of varying degrees of impracticality for the weather (tiny shorts for walking through a jungle?  Tiny dress for walking through snow?).  Provides a fixed point around which Hrithik can dance.

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(This is the worst dress, I think.  Either she couldn’t wear a bra with it and should have.  Or there was a built in bra that really really didn’t fit her.  Or maybe she just doesn’t know how to stand up straight?)

Now Hrithik, he PERFORMS!  I won’t say “acts”, but is acting everything really?  Isn’t entertainment more important than that?  And BOY is he entertaining!!!!!  He dances, he makes faces, he leaps tall buildings!  Literally leaps tall buildings, that’s his intro, a massive chase scene that ends with him jumping off a building, falling through a roof of a shed, and then casually walking away.  Well, his 3rd intro.  This is the kind of film that has 3 separate intro sequences for the hero, one cool, one funny, and one action.  And one intro sequence for the heroine, naked in a shower.

And even the people in this film who CAN act, don’t bother.  Because it’s not that kind of movie.  Danny Denzongpa lets his pastel ascots do most of the work for him, Jaaved Jaffrey relies heavily on velvet jackets and a sneer.  Jimmy Shergill even gets into the rhythm of it and lets his sweater vest do the work.  Truly, costumes and acting school are essentially interchangeable components of an actor’s tool kit.

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(Oh Danny!  Why can’t you be the villain in all movies?  Or at least wear these outfits all the time)

And all of those things, which could sound like criticisms, just make me love this movie more!  It’s just such a MOVIE movie, you know?  Not a “film”.  Doesn’t want to be a film, has no interest in films, is happy to be exactly what it is.  Wants the bright costumes and silly action scenes and big songs that make no sense, just wants to dance and play in front of us and make us smile.

This is the kind of movie I wish I could watch over and over!  This is the kind of film that makes people fall in love with movies, fall in love with that euphoria in the movie theater and the happy silly people on the screen.  Well, not Kat.  But all the other people.

 

Speaking of, did you notice that Hrithik wasn’t one of my 5 reasons to love the film?  That’s because he gets his very own 5 reasons that I love him in this particular film!

5. The back-up dancers in “Tu Hai Meri” who are dressed with costumes from Luck By Chance and “Senorita” in a little wink to his past.

4. The way he constantly kicks up his long legs for those people who love long legs on men, in both dance and fight scenes.

3. The moment when he uses his bare chest as a secret weapon to distract both Kat (from him drugging her) and the audience (from the fact that he is taking his shirt off and putting it back on again for no reason)

2. The moment 3:14 into “Tu Hai Meri” when he leaps up into the air.

1.1 The moment 3:22 into “Tu Hai Meri” when he double pops his shoulders.  Don’t even ask me why, it just makes me happy!

 

Huh, most of my reasons seem “Tu Hai Meri” related!  Oh well, not gonna apologize for that, let’s just watch it one more time!

 

 

*I can’t do it, I feel like there should be SOME actual content.  This movie is one of the first legit remakes with purchased rights, a remake of Knight & Day.  Which is not a great movie and was not a big hit in the US, but is perfect for an Indian remake, much better in fact in an Indian version.  If I were in charge of the world, that’s the kind of film I would remake, something that wasn’t a huge hit or very good in the Hollywood version but could really shine in Hindi.

Also, there is an interesting cameo at the end, Deepti Naval as Hrithik’s mother who brings an instant depth to her scenes just with her presence.  Speaking of small family roles, I like that Katrina’s cute little grandmother is the one who encourages her to rebellion instead of trying to stop it.  Oh, and I really like the meta-commentary at the beginning about how Hrithik’s theft of the Kohinoor is like Dev Anand.  This may be a Hollywood remake, but in spirit it is connected to a whole history of happy silly Hindi heist films.

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37 thoughts on “Random Silly Post: Bang Bang! My Favorite Move of 2014

  1. *added cardigan to shopping list*

    1. I’m sure it’s common knowledge that this film just happened because Hrithik happened to see Knight and Day on a flight and then started making calls.

    2. I tried that water jet ski thing in Dubai once but just couldn’t get it up. I mean get up in the air for a few seconds like hovering on a stream of water as intended. After a few failed attempts the trainer cum boat driver guy just gave up saying “man come on teenage girls do it no problem”. Of course my pal who was with me is never gonna lemme forget that ever.

    3. You just had to put that Kat image up. So I’ll open it stare at it zoom at it.. I’m not even at fault anymore!

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  2. I just finished speed watching Krrish 1,2,3,etc. — talk about stealing ideas! I was trying to count how many almost-identical scenes I had seen in other movies. Have they no shame! It is a cool mask, though.

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  3. 2014 gave us a lot of really good films. We got Ragini MMS 2 (irresistible Sunny!), Revolver Rani (best sex scene of all times!), Dedh Ishqiya (Hello!! Madhuri doing kathak!!!), Mardaani (aka wait, is this still Rani and not some similar looking cousin we haven’t seen before?!), Haider (so well made, i actually didn’t realise it was Hamlet till Shahid’s dance!) and THIS was your top pick?!

    I would protest harder but I liked Knight & Day (Not my finest moment!) Just wondering if Kat managed to capture the mild panic Cameron Diaz had– that self-loathing, existential crisis-ey, near traumatised-looking expression in her eyes that felt like “WTF am I doing in this film?!!”

    And did Hritik capture the near manic-shine in Tom Cruise’s eyes in the original? Oh wait, that would require the man to emote! Nevamind…

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    • This is ABSOLUTELY the best movie of 2014! In all the ways described. Not in, like, acting and depth and stuff. But if you want a movie to watch while eating popcorn and smiling, this is the one.

      also, I still haven’t seen Haider, partly because it came out opposite this. We went to the theater to see Haider, my friend talked me into trying Bang Bang instead, and then I kept going back to the theater planning to see Haider, but I would get to the ticket counter and just couldn’t resist buying a ticket to watch Bang Bang. To this day, ever time I think about finally watching Haider, it just makes me watch Bang Bang.

      Anyway, were you the person who had the thing about long legs? Right! Prithviraj and his kicks! this movie is so leggy.

      On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 11:16 PM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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        • Baaghi, the Tiger Shroff one, is like 90% high kicks. And also incredibly stupid and bad. But if you just want 2 hours of kicking, there you are!

          On Wed, Sep 13, 2017 at 6:51 AM, dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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          • Hey!! I liked Baaghi. Also, Flying Jatt!! The second half is really slow and made-for-kids but Tiger is soooo PRETTY!! I wanna pet him. At any rate, his kicks and his dance are WAYYYY better than HR. If they ever do an ensemble cast film, they should do one with Vidyut Jamwal. They can play long lost brothers.

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          • I just don’t get it! My friend Dina and I have gotten into massive screaming fights over Tiger, that’s how dedicated she is to him, and I cannot see it for the life of me.

            Although I did really like The Flying Jatt. But that was mostly Amrita.

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          • Do you like Tony Ja? More specifically Ong-Bak? Because that’s the primary appeal of Baaghi for most Indian action film fans. The looooong fight scene in this film is almost copied from the iconic Tony Ja sequence.

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          • Oh yeah, Love Ong-Bak. Check out my review, i list out a few more copies, including the obvious ripoff of Varsham (which I am assuming you have seen, because Prabhas!)

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  4. Random replies to this post I absolutely HATED this movie, which I actually paid money to see in a theater near the end of my ‘I’m a Bollywood fan period’ as I was realizing that I am really only a Shah Rukh Khan fan. I’m not a fan of HR in general (his wooden acting style and complete inability to effectively display any sort of emotion nearly ruins K3g for me every time I watch it) and I feel that as an actor he makes a great item girl. In fact, the only times I can stand him is when he’s dancing~he makes me smile cuz he reminds me of Gumby! Not sexy but amusing in a sort of ‘does that guy actually have a spine’ kind of way. Maybe he had to trade the spine (which he obviously never uses in life!) to get that extra thumb thing. The only time I truly liked him was in the midst of another film he and KK were doing their best to ruin~the Senorita dance number in that mildly entertaining bachelor-ette boys on the road movie that I can never remember the name of. I never saw the TC version of this because it looked (and probably was) equally bad. In all fairness, I’m not a fan of TC’s acting chops either~though we do share a religion. Which brings me to my final point: I don’t think it is in any way acceptable or cool to denigrate anyone’s religious beliefs! Especially when much of what you think you know about what they believe is actually untrue. Much of what you read or hear about ANY religion is untrue and/ or biased and learning about religion~or any subject~on random internet sites~is not a great way to find out the truth about it. I mean, just think about it~people can propagate anything on the internet, true or not. I’m just saying!

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  6. I didn’t like Bang Bang either. I was actually in a bad mood while watching it but I still felt like the movie had no heart. Plus it seemed like Hrithik was trying to make another Dhoom 2.

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