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A great beginning - the 12th century storyline was well-done and then the whole movie just started to go south. The story-line was very weak - basically a chase movie that shamelessly uses the tsunami to get some oohs and aahs - the entire audience in the theater I saw this movie at was silent at the tsunami scene - people were uncomfortable not knowing what they were supposed to feel.
I think Kamal came up with the idea of 10 roles and then found a story. Unlike the great MichaelMadanaKamaRajan, here one found no reason for Kamal to portray all 10 roles, except to show that he could. And for at least half the portrayals the makeup was a joke - evident, leathery and masks so thick (reminded me of The Mask, starring Cher(not the newer Jim Carrey Mask) - was one supposed to take this seriously? Also, Kamal as Bush and the killer - just terrible make up. Asin is her usual annoying self - someone should just give her VRS. Jayaprada and Nagesh are utterly wasted and the special effects look just like that - special effects. And once you notice special effects, they become useless.
Kamal has pandered to his ego once again, his fans will rave about the hours it took in make up etc. As if it matters!! DISAPPOINTING.
And talk about gratuitous - we get to see a man vomit blood on the camera and a monkey suffer and disintegrate!!
Morning Raga (2004)
Shabana is the only good thing in it
It's not awful. But its awfully bland. And barring Azmi, who is brilliant as has come to be expected none of the actors register at all. The male lead is dull, with no discernible acting talent. The female lead was bright and bubbly, and we may well end up buying soft drinks and detergent from her for a few years!! The major resolution is way too pat and easy (she waited twenty years to have her problems fixed like this?), and the ease with which this band gets gigs and the lady learns carnatic music is laughable! If only! The movie is well shot, with the colours and sounds all pleasant enough. Annapoorna will agree with me that while this raga may not miss too many notes, it doesn't really aspire to any great heights in the first place. If you are a Shabana Azmi fan, watch it - otherwise, give it a miss.
What on earth happened to RGV? There are so many things wrong about this movie that one needs to stop and decide where to start- first and worst - the music. Every scene was accompanied with this pretentious background music that was telling you the mood, quite pathetically, I might add. Secondly, the lighting - do we really need such dark scenes where we are wondering if the projector is still working? And finally - if you are going to Indianise the Godfather and Godfather 2 - please realize that a lot of us have seen in. Nayakan was a ripoff of GF1 but better done, and more entertaining. I have seen a similarity in both Company and Sarkar and while RGV's Ab Tak 56 was brilliant, these two movies leave something to be desired. People will not be impressed any more by just corrupt politicians and the lot. Maybe RGV should see Maqbool, which is good enough to be RGV!!
What has happened to the director of Indian and Mudhalvan?
It's original only if you haven't read a novel or watched an English serial in the last 20 years. The basic story line is a bit of Indian - I guess somehow the director realizes that was his best movie - and pretty much has no other real ideas. Once again the graphics etc are on for show and are pretty ordinary - only serving to distract from the movie rather than add any value to it. Vikram has done okay - but he always seems to be 'working' so hard at his acting. His fans, will of course, go nuts, and clamor for another award. Forget the absolute loss of logic regarding scene staging as the movie proceeds, the incredible lack of tempo in the first half, the bloated and expensive, but unimaginative-pictured songs... and do we need another protagonist who goes after society because of a personal disaster. In the end, Shankar's habit of pretending to provide social commentary without providing any genuine or realistic solutions or even intelligent analysis is insulting. Someone ask him to watch Mudhalvan, Gentleman or Indian again. Take a hint from the director he used be!
Very very disappointing
The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
This movie is not only about a con, it also perpetuates one on the viewer. If that is a bit harsh, it is only because we have come to expect more from Mamet. The plot refuses to make sense at different times(unless you are really generous!) and the ending is a damp squib, to say the least. Scott is good, but the Mamet-style dialogue delivery becomes stilted after a while. Steve Martin is wasted. To compare it to Hitchcock is ludicrous. There is about a half hour in the middle where it really picks up, but by then you are clutching at threads, looking anywhere for redeeming qualities. Rebecca Pidgeon is very weak as well.