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A lesson in characterisation
Purely a remake of Eddy Murphy's Golden Child, this movie had a minor (yet important) flaw which made it humble at the box office. The 'lovability' of Murphy's character is missing from Asokan, his counterpart played by Mohanlal. Asokan is an arrogant character and is a winner in all the one-on-one competitions he has with his dim-witted cousin while Murphy's character is a humble and innocent one. Viewers tend to sympathise with the cousin instead.
Best thing in this movie is the camera wielded by Santhosh Sivan and the captivating music by none other than A. R. Rehman (his first movie, I believe).
On a positive note, it's more humorous than Golden Child. And the performance of 'Rimpoche' is excellent.
*batteries not included (1987)
This movie does have charm!
I rented this movie on a tape way back in 1990 from the local store. I watched it with a couple of my cousins. Even now when we get together, we talk about this movie.
The movie is so simple. Like Oscar Wilde's short stories. It doesn't jolt you or thrill you. It moves you. So you remember it for a long time to come.
Most of the scenes have faded from my mind's screen but the feeling lingers. Like the cookies my Granny used to bake.
Three things that make this movie my favorite: The story (no one has tried to make it complicated). The characters (People we see every day especially in the 80's). The Aliens (I wouldn't want to call them that!).
Do I want to watch it once again? Yes, but I might not. I'm afraid my grown-up mind would put on a critic's glass and the magic might get lost.
"Batteries not Included" definitely had Charm! Or else I wouldn't be searching for it on the net and writing my comment when I have hundreds of things to do.