Bareilly Ki Barfi (6.5/10):
A lighthearted, fun romp which has gotten a little too much praise because the other movies have been so bad this year. It is definitely very enjoyable, the music is good, the characters have clear motivation, the small town feel is very well done. Ayushmann and Kriti have a good chemistry, while Rajkumar really gives a very funny performance. The ending does spoil the whole movie a little though.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (7/10):
Accept this movie as it is. It is not as family friendly as the previous one, especially in terms of humour. It has **** jokes, lessons on how to seduce guys, and repeated references to erections. But those are veiled just enough that young kids won't understand. Beyond those parts, this is a very beautifully made movie, with great visuals, very good characters, well defined character arcs, and a simple and interesting premise. The two hours went by in a breeze, the whole cinema was laughing constantly, the kids were aptly scared at a few parts, and there is even a nice little reference to the first Jumanji. The actors deserve a ton of credit too for nailing the parts. These adults are playing teenagers, but also video game characters, and they look the part and are very convincing. Special mention to Jack Black, who proves that he's the veteran among this group. Overall, go and watch it even if you are skeptical, it will win you over in no time.
Movie of the week: Jumanji.