Even with your basic senses locked up in a freezer, ‘Mera Naam Shaji’ is a laborious watch, because it repeatedly questions reason in all possible ways it can. The best you can do then, is to just let things be, and wait for the tangle to unknot, and it takes a bit more than a couple of hours for that to happen.
Prithviraj Sukumaran’s much awaited directorial debut ‘Lucifer’ is more than anything else, a blatant celebration of the star actor that Mohanlal is, and in laying out a feast that caters to the colossal stardom of its leading star, everything else, including inventiveness takes a back seat.
‘Argentina Fans Kattoorkadavu’ dips its fingers in two bowls – of football and romance – and does justice to neither. Though it does elicit a few laughs here and there, there are very few other bright lights shining on this film that claims to be all about sport and love.
‘An International Local Story’ is a sparsely funny attempt that will not have connoisseurs of comedies laughing their hearts away in merriment. Notwithstanding the efforts of its director, it hardly has anything on offer except a harmless chuckle or two that you might encounter on the way.
‘Varikkuzhiyile Kolapathakam’ makes for gripping viewing, and the atmospheric skill that the director displays in the film is admirable. With a brisk running time of not much more than a couple of hours, it unspools a tale of mystery that retains your focus right on the screen.
‘Mr. & Ms. Rowdy’ hardly makes a way beyond the surface and wastes away an accomplished cast in a storyline that does not astound. Unsurprising for most of the part, it is a movie with not much of a consequence; a movie that would also make not much of a difference.
Barring its protagonist who has a stammer-with-a-reason for a change, ‘Kodathi Samaksham Balan Vakeel’ is a swing and miss that plays a safe game throughout.
There is a mature balance that Khabeer strikes in ‘June’ that is also its most redeeming feature, and he lures us into a world that we have lived in all the while. He then sits us down and tells us a tale that we have probably lived ourselves. It’s a bittersweet story that gets us nodding in no time, it’s the month of June, and it rains.
‘Oru Adaar Love’ and the love potion that it lays out on a platter, comes as no surprise to someone who has watched the director’s earlier films. Missing the mark by a mile, this adaar love tale and the wink that never made it beyond the teaser, would fall nowhere under the radar of fine cinema, or some fine entertainment for that matter.
There is without doubt tremendous cinematic material in the momentous life that YSR lived, but this film has none of the masterful strokes or moments that it demands.
‘9’ could have done immensely better had it kept its focus on the sci-fi element that is probably one of the most unexplored realms in Malayalam cinema. What ruins it is the psychological drivel that it succumbs to, and the subsequent concoction that emerges that pleases fans of none of the genres.