‘Happy Sardar’ is a perfect example of how a probably brilliant idea on paper could evolve into a damp squib on screen. There is a fat chance that the romance in it would move you or the comedy in it would have you clutching your stomachs, and sans any real thought or notion, this Sardar and his gang brings you no joy.
‘Puzhikkadakan’ defies coherence and is a tiresome parade of clichés that one would anticipate in a film of this kind. It is a film in search of a pulse, and is a disjointed affair that mostly fritters away the talents of its leading cast.
There is what seems like a shroud of mystery all over Ranjith Shankar’s ‘Kamala’ – at least initially – that dissipates as the film progresses beyond its first hour. Eventually, it strikes you as an odd mix in which a social issue has been almost forcefully interspersed into a thriller format, but where it juts out almost like a sore thumb.
‘Kettiyolaanu Ente Maalakha’ is the kind of film that warms up the cockles of your heart. A film with a real pulse, ‘Kettiyolaanu Ente Maalakha’ keeps you hooked from moment to moment, and yes, Nissam Basheer seems to have a winner in his hands!
‘Jack & Daniel’ easily slides into set action and comedy pieces and merely wastes away two talented actors. Almost everything in its predictable, even if you forego the action in it that is unexciting and the comedy in it that is mostly unfunny.
‘Helen’ triumphantly utilizes a minimalist terror setup to set your adrenaline up and running in no time. A fine script, a terrific cast and some real impressive direction ensure that this one is a chiller, and a shiver inducing one at that.
‘Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25’ is moving and intelligent, and is bound to take your breath away with the shine on its treatment of a much documented theme. This is a deeply resonant film that is truly life affirming and which is humorous and heartbreaking by turns.
At the end of it all, ‘Nalpathiyonnu’ strikes you as a film that does only partial justice to the storyline that deserved a much better treatment. As it is, it is more of a fable, the potential of which has only been partly explored.
Geethu’s refusal to stick to stereotypes and her affecting reading of a love tale that tears up the social tapestry earn for ‘Moothon’ a distinctive place amidst the sparsely lit up landscape of queer cinema in the country. The howls and catcalls and the loud sniggers and the off-colour jokes in the cinema halls notwithstanding, it’s a cinematic composition that needs to be appreciated for its compassionate and unapologetically adult take on human sexuality.
This oddly gruesome thriller has the bite, but just not enough of it to keep the viewers dangling on their seat edges. Which is why, despite the spine-tingling moments here and there, ‘Underworld’ eventually leaves you impassive and indifferent.
The one take back that the film does offer is courtesy Berny Ignatious and the very beautiful number ‘Puthumazhayayi Vannu Nee’ from the original film is played yet again in the sequel. The rest of it is however, just a misaligned combo of horror tropes that lie scattered all over the place.