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Mosayile Kuthira Meenukal (2014)
It is different
Half way through the movie. Quite novel so far. Lakshadweep malayalam is similar to kerala malayalam and has interesting differences. Then there is the inside views of the sea. Beautiful. Thanks to Anoop , my MA team mate for recommending this movie.
Slow paced. Nice treatment. References to Padmarajan movie season - something for a fan like me to be happy about. Lakshadweep culture is something I do not know about. The representation in the movie is that of a kerala that is a few years back.Warm helpful crowd.
Set against a completely different back drop, the incidents in the movie are quite different.
The movie does offer some emotions / insights as well through the romance that Sunny Wayne has for the heroine. On the whole , quite charming. Worth another watch.
The movie is a great commercial winner , a crowd puller. The plot is pretty deep , not something you see every other film.
First half is a warm up for the movie, aimed at establishing the closeness of the family. The trailer is an eye-wash, giving the viewer the impression that the main protagonist is a simpleton, a deliberate attempt, I believe to prevent any anticipation.
Viewer would feel the tension of the plot in the second half and the unlikeliness of it pulling through positively is always alive till a couple of brilliant twists seal the fate for good. The plot is one big winner in the movie.
Asha Sharath, the malayalam serial actress, first time in movie has done excellent work. Mohanlal, Meena , the child artistes , the comedian who plays Sahadevan all have done great work.
The movie is great, Jeethu Joseph has established himself firmer as a strong director in the malayalam movies.
Great job by Vineeth and crew
The movie is a winner. You will stay riveted to the seat for the whole movie. Pretty fast paced. Nice camera work that conveyed the general mood of the movie very well. Stylized violence using good back ground score and nice camera techniques / choice of colors / settings etc.
Good launch for Dhyan Srinivasan , Vineeth's brother. Dhyan has acted pretty well -no obvious mistakes.
Story does not take you back to any other movie. It is pretty original and has quite some meat in it. Situations in the movie are pretty hard thought out especially given such a young crew of makers. Lot of work and passion has gone into making the screen play.
Direction is excellent. There is hardly a dull moment in the movie. There are a few pieces here and there that don't work but as a whole , I imagine that the direction/making must have happened with complete commitment and great synergy and teamwork. Background scores and cinematography has synergized excellently.
Shobhana has done good justice to her role which essentially is that of the protagonist closest to the film maker, the one who drives the story and who gets to know what happens next first from the playwright.
It is very easy to setup a round table and question various aspects of the movie. Questions like 'how can this happen given that?' , 'that doesn't sound feasible,does it?' On the other hand, the movie predicts a lot more good movies from this team pretty soon and also hopefully real masterful movies a few tens of years down the line.
Craft has definitely improved over 'Thattaththin marayaththu'. Vineeth has definitely learned a lot more than he knew when he made 'Thattaththin marayaththu' and he has executed much much more than his earlier flick. I really love the way the young team is forming up , much like the slightly senior young directors from the Maharajas college team led by Amal Neerad/Aashiq Abu etc.
Chelovek s kino-apparatom (1929)
Packed with content - Very impressive after all these years
I had picked this up due to academic interest and expected that this would be a bit boring and that I need to explicitly consider the fact that this movie was made way back in 1929.
Well, the movie was very engaging. Far from boring, it challenged me to keep up with the multitude of content that the movie presents.
It is excellent in everyday-life content , presenting so much of real life. True real content.
The extent of passion and effort that has gone into the making of the movie is also striking.Amazing number of techniques used making the movie engaging even today.
Ya budu ryadom (2012)
The synopsis of the movie warned a tearful watching experience. Anticipation is one thing , the experience is another - yes, it was very tear-jerking , realistic, beautiful presentation.
There is a malayalam movie 'Aakashadoothu' that addresses the same theme of a dying mother arranging for her kids' adoption. That movie ranks as stupid after experiencing this one. If this one is a 10/10 , that would be a 2/10 , if this one is barcelona, that one is a mohan bagan.
When someone is forced into a tough situation, he/she works on it and learns to handle it inspite of all the odds. People around react to her. Life goes on too - that is how the movie ends. That is how it should ideally be - the willpower of the protagonist should drive her son's life forward and that is what happens.
The young vibrant positive mother makes all the right decisions for the boy. She has a very responsible challenge in front of her - finding the right parents. She does not go easy on the decision - does very detailed study , weighs out every single aspect emotionally and smartly. Very inspiring.
People around her support her for most. Various people in various ways - very realistic true responses.Detailed heartfelt conversations all through the movie fabric - very open , very true - no flak , nothing to cut through, just the essence.
The mother, the son , the new parents, every one of the protagonists have done great work as actors. Editing is perfect. The use of the camera focussing to impress the head-ache that the mother goes through works very well.
The movie will make you value the people in your life more.
Can't put it down
This one added another feather to my amazon prime membership but you are not going to hit the pause button on this roller coaster ride.
Movie starts off in a slow interesting pace with a specific storyline , unique incidents. Suddenly the movie hits the next level , the roller coaster sets rolling , the sleekness turns gory but the movie remains strong all through.
If you have a friend who likes to make smart predictions while watching thrillers, you need to take him to this one. You will enjoy his misses.
The movie is a thriller but travels through various dimensions making it even more difficult to predict anything at all that is going to happen next.A lot many interesting situations , will keep you riveted to your seat.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Amazing film - wholesome , honest, heart warming, mind blowing.
You should watch the movie because it tells the universal tale of man's strive for excellence , facing one's fears, giving one's best in a very complete wholesome manner. Inspired by true events, the movie feels very true. A long movie as it is, it touches various aspects and each of these have been splendidly perfectly made.It is like a huge pizza, but every little portion of it is well cooked and offers various flavors for a truly wholesome experience.
As an Indian, you should watch it to know more about Milkha Singh, you have the responsibility that you know what this man has gone through to represent your country and his life just unfolds in front of your eyes beautifully. Amazing content and perfect presentation.
Reminds you of 'Paan Singh Tomaar' due to similarity in theme. While 'Paan Singh Tomaar' was a very good movie, this is way way beyond.
I am a hard core 'Rang De Basanti' fan and have watched the movie at least six-seven times. And when I asked myself whether this movie beat 'Rang De Basanti' , made by the same director (Rakesh Omprakash Mehra), I am inclined to say 'Yes.It has'. The product has come out extremely well - the thoroughness is mindblowing.
While there are so many aspects of the movie that are extraordinary, while you watch the movie , what is most extraordinary is the movie itself. The excellent integrity of the movie is all that I could see while watching the movie.
Farhan has just become Milkha. I do not remember any Farhan movies recently - so Farhan was Milkha for me. Milkha is such a sincere true-heart loving person that you are with him all through the movie. Farhan has done great work.
Songs and music of the movie is great.
Characterisations are excellent. Relationship of Milkha with his sister is most endearing.
The little little incidents on life are beautifully chosen , beautifully picturised. Many heartwarming scenes.
The main thread of the perseverance of Milkha to be the best athlete is very well made. The national significance of sports and what it means to the common people , the excitement , the involvement, everything has been captured very well and true to it's times.
I am filled with admiration for Rakesh Omprakash Mehra and I feel more and more sure that he has surpassed 'Rang De Basanti' with this one.
Sincere masterful work
I have been watching quite a few malayalam movies recently. This is the one that has shaken me the most emotionally. The movie has great depth of character and has so many things to say. Everything feels in place in the movie and the movie exudes excellent integrity.
The movie captures the subdued emotional lives of people and how the subduedness can lead to deeply engrained misunderstandings. The complexities that these lead to can be quite unnerving. Human lives are unfortunately challenging in nature.
The commitment to the period and location of the movie has been impressive and complete. The detailing in the usage of dialects in travancore and the mix of tamil and malayalam is striking. The social fabric of the times has been presented.The atmosphere of the movie has been set very purposefully and with great attention to all the details and the story of the movie unfolds against this fabric.
The threads of various complex relationships gives the viewer a lot to learn/reflect on. I have felt that incorrect social norms can often lead to unnecessary complexities.The situations in the movie can also be perceived as the never-ending consequences of the disarray caused by skewness allowed by the social setup of the particular time. If the current social setup allows you a skewness that is unfair, you will be better off not allowing yourself the unfair advantage. Here , we have a time when the wife is allowed to throw out the husband whim-based. Wife throws the husband out. The son is vehement at his mother. The son tries to rule his wife , fearful of her having seen the plight his father faced. This further leads to the distraught in the son's family life. Angsts of various characters presented so very well that it should be tough to go through the movie untouched.
All the actors have done great work. Mallika as the wife/mother has done excellent natural acting. Asif has fit well into the movie as the son. Bhavana has been great as the chirpy current generation girl. Romance between Bhavana and Asif has been convincingly presented. Makeup work for Swetha Menon and Lal has been good as have been their renditions.
Movie presents some incisive insights that flashes in beams of understanding. This is a textbook with lot of room for introspection and reflection.The movie is so completely honest and sincere.Hope for a time when such movies can run well in theatres.
Annayum Rasoolum (2013)
As romantic as realistic
Some movies make you feel privileged as you watch them.This one presented many such moments as I got involved in the movie. While you dwell in the beauty of one beautiful moment, another beautiful moment comes along. Very realistic presentation and yet interesting and absorbing.
Andrea has done an exceptional job and to some extent overshadows Fahad in terms of acting.While the initial phase of the movie delivers in the unique story telling , soon the romance of the movie takes over. Very very real , very everyday, very relate-able.
We watched the movie on Valentine's day and it is indeed a great pick for a valentine's movie.Appreciate Fahad on his choice of movies.Wanted to watch it again today but the movie has changed and got to watch Fargo instead which was a good one in itself too.
The sights of Kochi has been nicely captured and as someone brought up in Kochi, I could relate to everything in the movie very well.The lighting in the movie is amazingly realistic. The first shot of the heroine presented as she gets in the way of the car felt real and interesting. The shot of Andrea against the candle prayer lights was very beautiful.
The story of the movie is amazing as well. Santhosh Echikkanam whose malayalam short stories has been enlightening when I used to do some reading, has matched himself scripting this one. Missed a second watch today unfortunately.Andrea keeps coming back as the show-stealer. Her performance has been accurate.The movie wins over Andrea though - good work Rajiv.
Certain sections are good.
The movie has many sections that are very impressive but on the whole, the movie has not impressed. The end credits title song ' Vishwaroopam' is good , the unexpected first stunt scene is effective. After all the effort of sitting through all the mindless violence, the movie cuts off threatening a second part 'Vishwaroopam - India'.
Kamal has enormous talent but when it comes to taking up projects like this one, he needs someone to mentor him so that he directs his skills and efforts on to the right things.The movie is definitely better than 'Dashaavatharam' in this sense.
War scenes are well-shot , stunt , action is all well shot but you get too much of an overdose of all this.In terms of violence, the movie parallels Hollywood.
Getting Osama Bin Laden and Manmohan Singh as cameos in the movie was the kind of idea that Kamal needs someone to advise against. I guess there were similar shots in Dashavatharam as well.
The main thread of the movie seemed pretty silly. The movie gives you a headache by the time you leave and I had nothing to take away as I left.