July’s cinematic fiesta: Films uplift, educate and inspire audiences in the country

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The month of July came with fresh air in Nepal with national and international film releases across various genres.

It was great seeing Jaari starring Dayahang Rai and directed by Ram Babu Gurung completing 100 days, which is a testament to its popularity among audiences. Additionally, other recent releases like Parastree and Bagaan have made their way into the market. It is remarkable to witness the success of Nepali films in a relatively small market.

But when it comes to the numbers, it is evident that Nepali audiences have a preference for foreign films, especially those with larger budgets and higher technical advancements in filmmaking.

July kicked off with the Indian film Satya Prem Ki Katha, a romantic musical drama. The film performed well in the market with Insidious: The Red Door.

Similarly, last week’s major release for the market was Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning Part 1 of Tom Cruise, which can be considered as one of the major action films of 2023 considered 96 per cent fresh by 364 critics and 94 per cent fresh by audiences. This film is doing well in Nepal.

The film is garnering great response from the audience. It has become a feast for those who appreciate action films. The engaging screenplay and well-executed script have received much praise, providing a mass entertainment experience with thrilling action sequences.

Tom Cruise’s real stunts were particularly loved by the viewers, and the major highlight was the cliff-falling stunt, which was so realistic that when it appeared on the big screen, it made the audience feel the air pressure as if they were right there in the scene.

The highly anticipated film Oppenheimer was released this weekend. Directed by the acclaimed and beloved filmmaker, Christopher Nolan the film has generated significant excitement and anticipation among audiences, eager to experience another masterpiece from the talented director who burst onto the scene with his debut film Memento.

Like his previous films, Oppenheimer takes the audience on a journey giving the audience a cinematic experience for a lifetime. It surely is a film to remember for a long time.

For cinephiles, Oppenheimer is an absolute delight as it offers a captivating blend of drama and politics. The film tells the story of Robert J Oppenheimer, providing a portrayal of his pursuit of innovation and his passion for nuclear energy. It explores his personal life, including his romantic relationships, and confronts the political challenges he encountered with unfiltered authenticity, presenting a raw and uncensored depiction of his journey.

The acting performances in the film feel incredibly authentic, thanks to the presence of an experienced cast. The performances of actors like Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Emily Blunt, and other notable cameos, such as Rami Malek, are truly captivating.

The background score keeps the audience in sync while the screenwriting will sure to leave the audience wanting more. It is amazing and very engaging at the same time.

Nolan has not used any CGI in the film. Instead, he showcased real explosions, resulting in a truly overwhelming experience for the audience. The film captures explosions in a scientifically accurate manner, where light travels faster than sound, adding an extra layer of realism to the action sequences.

The film offers a cinematic experience like no other, but it’s important for the audience to approach it with caution as it is not fast-paced. With a runtime of three hours, one can feel the length of the film, but this should not deter from the enjoyment of its beauty.

If you want something totally different from Oppenheimer, you have the option to go watch Barbie.

Directed by Gretha Grew and featuring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling in lead roles, this film offers a visually captivating and bold approach. However, beneath its visual spectacle lies a cleverly crafted narrative that delves into profound themes such as the patriarchy, the contrast between reality and illusion, and the essence of true beauty.

The film’s blend of fun, humour, and underlying depth has resonated with the audience. However, while many have embraced its enjoyable elements, some might not be satisfied with its ending. Nevertheless, it is a great family film.

The film industry has brought forth numerous surprises, capturing the attention of the common audience with its eye-catching scenes. Film enthusiasts get the opportunity to indulge in various genres like action, comedy, horror, thriller, and biopic, experiencing a range of emotions depending on the film they watch. The ongoing holy month has set in motion a vibrant and exciting time for cinephiles, marking a significant period for the entire film industry and audiences worldwide.

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Karki is a student at St Xavier's College.

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