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The titles in THIS list may not be exactly pleasant in mood..but there is a sense of lighter mood when compared to the films in the other list. :)
Onaayum Aattukkuttiyum (2013)
Not for me.
Saw the movie last week having read countless critic reviews and user opinions that claim this movie as the best of the year.Yeah..the movie started off pretty decent featuring some scenes i haven't seen elsewhere...at least in Indian Cinema. But as time went by the film started turning incredibly stupid and laughably bad. The way the actor Sri acted is one of the most spectacular piece of overacting i have ever seen in any film.His walking looked so artificial and at the same time unintentionally hilarious.His eyes looked like they are gonna pop out any time.The operation scene lies on the line of stupidity and hilarious making it confusing what to make out of the scene(3 Idiots,anyone??). All the other actors,except one or two,also features amateurish acting which looked so stupid.The policemen were the worst of the lot.They keep running in groups and stops at a point and says something along the lines of "the villain is there..lets go there.." and runs like buffoons.I don't know if its a deliberate move by the film maker to incite dark humor but clearly it didn't work for me at all.I think this would work better in a comedy but to include them in a rather serious one like this,would opt NO. Most characters carry guns and uses them like a toy in the hand of a child.Is it another move to create Black humor?I don't know. Jumping from a train holding beds??Works better in a cartoon,Mysskin.. Seeing all this utter nonsense unfolding each minute without any good storyline..i strongly craved for some plot to surface towards the end.But what i got is some half baked story line,which is intended to explain all the happenings, but eventually made no sense at all and created more plot holes.The much acclaimed long take in which Wolf tells his back story in a 'metaphorical' way is brilliantly taken but the acting was flawed.We never got to sympathize with the character.So all the melodrama in that scene didn't work at all.But one thing i would like to appreciate is that he didn't blink not even once during the whole take!!That was incredible but again..futile. A blind child,in spite of all the violent acts and gun shooting happened all around her keep asking for some bed time story!!!Never have i became so annoyed by a child since Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close. Have read many a places that this film is full of metaphors.Yeah..i agree with that.BUT SO MANY OBVIOUS IN-YOUR-FACE METAPHORS!!Phew..thats so pretentious and amateurish..at least for me.For example..the character WOLF really becomes one when he ties a rope in his back and let it hang like a tail!. This is metaphors for dumb Indian audience. The film's only saving grace would be its soundtrack by Ilayaraja.It is out of the box thinking and clearly worked well.Though it annoyed me some place like in the end..its done in a rather good way elsewhere. The final in the coffin is nothing but its climax.In which the villain's henchmen decide to give up guns(a cliché we got tired of seeing in movies) and take swords to fight the 'Wolf'. How out of place is that?what ensues is one the 'so-bad-its-good' sequences which would go down in the hall of fame of movies.Witness it for yourself. Why the film is compared to me 'Aaranya Kaandam is way beyond me.The latter was a fresh breath into the Indian Cinema and never fails to fascinate me with its innovative screenplay and clever,smart dialogue.But this one is a travesty. This film may have worked well for some people and i respect them. This is clearly my view on the film and only mine. Footnote:This film claims as that it has no heroine and no song. That doesn't ensure movie quality,mind it Mysskin.
An 'UNBELIEVABLE' movie!!!
A tale of an ordinary middle class family residing in a hillside,almost free from the clutches of urban life.The family head,the father of two girls named Georgekutty,portrayed by Mohanlal,is a cable TV operator who sees a lot of movies from films of the 80s to Hollywood blockbuster movies to recent flicks by southern star Vijay. The family stumbles upon a crisis appeared in the form of a youngster who claims to have voyeur video of the young girl in the family.When the guy started blackmailing the girl and her mother for his own sexual gratification,they accidentally kills the guy and buries the body.Georgekutty,who wasn't present at the time of the murder,comes to know about the murder and decides to cover up the murder and thus save his family.What follows is how Georgekutty does this 'covering up' and fool the Police force and the victim's parents.
From 'clever cover-ups' to making fake alibis,the protagonist does everything necessary to save his and family's tail from the law.And in the end he succeeds too.In thriller movies involves a murder ,the killer's or his helper's characters,if any, are suitably developed to match their deeds i.e killing and covering up the incident.They will be portrayed either as psychopaths or normal guys who has no other options other than kill their enemy(then makes some of mistakes in the process since they are inexperienced)Otherwise an average intelligent audience couldn't believe their doings.'Out of character' deeds would be rejected by the audience.They would think 'is he really capable of doing it'?This remains the main problem with the movie.The protagonist is shown as an average man who have no criminal history whatsoever.When he does things like destroying evidence,provides fake trails for the police,making fake alibis for his family...and thus creating the perfect murder...one would obviously raise questions like i have given above.The logic the director gives for his deeds is that he has watches a lot of movies and actually making various suggestions when he sees something technically wrong in the film.Yes..he is a Cinephile..A lot of movies are shown flashing in his mind and he is seen acting drawing inspirations from them.For an example,he has an epiphany about how to dump the victim's car.For this,he recollects how characters in a movie dumps their car and acts accordingly.Same goes for the scenes in which he destroys the victim's phone and Sim card.For this,the movie which helps him is Memories,the directors' previous movie which got released some months back.This is Self reference in the most inappropriate place.Its his movie experiences that drive his various deeds.I found this as a very poor excuse. If his character was developed accordingly,it would have been much more believable.But the director instead develops the character as an ordinary family man.Or in the other case, the director shouldn't have shown that the character studied those criminal acts form the movies.Jeethu does neither of that and that is the movie's major flaw.
His character is morally flawed too and the director wants the audience to actually cheer for the murderer.The family too is shown no remorse for the murder.But since they are the central characters of the movie.we are forced to support them 'cleverly' hiding from the justice.They are shown as perfect human beings and the movie never actually addresses as criminals.
One of the most harrowing scenes described by many is the 'beating on the police station' scene.A policeman,who already has a beef with the protagonist over very silly and forgettable issues and is so adamant of accusing him,beats the daylights out of the 'murder family'.He is also seen beating a very small girl and this whole incident is sponsored by a very high ranking police officer.Such scenes could only exist in the overly dramatic Malayalam movies.The scene is probably written to disturb the viewer's mind and develop hate towards the police officer who is ,ironically working for the Truth in the movie.But the scene actually acts as a pivotal scene,because the young girl reveals where they have hidden the victim's body.The entire police force rushes to the crime scene which is already flooded with the media and finds none because Georgekutty has already foreseen this incident and switched the body with a dead cow.The media and the entire village get enraged at the police officer and he had to run away from the angry people.The case is closed despite the fact that the small girl had already admitted the truth and clearly misguided the police.Again,,a scene which happens only in movies like this.But the thing that enrages me the most is that,the 'clever' Georgekutty could have easily avoided his daughter getting beaten if he or any family members had already confessed before the beating takes place.But he decides to choose silence and watch his daughter getting beaten by the heavy hands of a police officer.Bad writing maybe.but the director would have missed the chance of forcing the audience to sympathize with the murderers if this scenes was properly written.
In the end,the victim's family members actually begs the murderer of their son for 'forgiveness' and decides to move abroad so that the case could easily wrapped up and the movie ends with a 'happy ending'.But they did ask the murderer about what actually happened the night of the murder claiming that they have the right to know so.Which our protagonist decides to avoid inhumanely and gives a speech justifying his and his family's deeds and heroically claiming that the truth will die with him and never comes out.The parents hearing this confession do nothing but cry thinking about their ill fate.The movie ends with one of the most ridiculous and laughably stupid scenes in recent times which i decides not to reveal here.Watch for yourself.
So if you have no problems cheering for poorly written 'killer' characters (whose criminal acts are inspired by cinemas)..go and book your tickets.