Posted in English, Movie Reviews

Alita: Battle Angel - Movie Review


Alita: Battle Angel movie got its attention due to the most ambitious James Cameron. Many in India know and love him for the kind of visual Spectacle he brings on the silver screen. For me, it was also Robert Rodriguez’s name which compelled me to watch the movie. The trailer of this movie has set an expectation for an amazing cyborg action movie and it was fulfilled.  To read the complete review visit https://medium.com/chennaikaaran/alita-battle-angel-movie-review-1197c4cd99e7

 

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Posted in Korean, Movie Reviews

Ak-Nyeo (The Villainess) – Movie Review


Spoiler-free Review. This Movie is rated A for Indian audience and PG 13 for American and other countries audiences.

How many times have we come across a Kick-ass Action Thriller movie with a female lead? In that, How many movies have succeeded in impressing us? I, personally consider Korean Movies can be sold easily to Indians because of the Drama element associated, which perfectly suits Indian audiences, but we have never had a Women centric action Thriller movie.

Sook-hee, after avenging the death of her husband, she was forced to work for the Government in return for her freedom. She, on the other hand, was trained as an Assassin to avenge her father’s death by her husband. When Police caught her she was carrying a baby. Did she work with the government for her freedom? Did she avenge her father’s murderers? Well, do watch the movie to find answers.

I really wish I watched this movie on the big screen. Such a brilliant cinematography and a technically sound movie. There is a hallway fight scene which was shot in the first person perspective. I literally felt like playing a Videogame. It was a continuous sequence shot and Sook-hee must have killed atleast 30 men in that sequence. Such first-person perspective shots are so much complex to shoot and it being the continuous sequences which makes it even more complicated to shoot but the output was really well.

Although this movie had bloody stunt sequences, the story had an emotional plot running in the parallel. Unlike other movies, I personally felt they handled the story very well on both the fronts. Directed by Jeong Byeong-gil who has done a fantabulous job in packaging a perfect mix of Action and Drama.

Technically a brilliant movie it is. The whole movie was set in two different tones which will automatically transport us to that world. Cinematographer Park Jung-hun has put so much effort in making the right shots. Although we see so much shaky camera shots, we are able to follow the action and at times the camera moves from third person perspective to the first person perspective also that transformation was done effortlessly by him.

Stunt Choreographer and the stuntmen are the backbones of this whole movie. I was unable to find his/her name but they have done a marvellous job in presenting it. Music Director Koo Ja-wan should also be appreciated for blending the music appropriately.

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Now, speaking of Actors, Sook-hee by Kim Ok-bin (Vaaranam Aayiram Suriya style la sollanumna) Woah! Whatta Woman? She had done a great job of carrying the whole movie on her shoulders. Atleast for half of the movie, she wouldn’t speak at all but then when she gets into action she is Kick-ass. Those romantic portions with Jung Hyun-Soo (Sung Joon) are just beautiful and they were the relaxing portions in the film.

Overall, a perfectly packaged female-led masala flick which would perfectly fit in for any audience. This movie had few clićhed plot lines and the best part was that they didn’t screw up the movie. As I mentioned earlier this movie could be remade in India, especially in Tamil roping an actress like Dhanshika who would definitely fit the bill, but our directors will over-do it and spoil the experience and the whole movie for us.

If you ask did I enjoy the Movie? I absolutely did and I recommend to watch it if you have the stomach to bear bloody scenes to an extent.

Do watch the movie and comment your thoughts. Happy Watching.

P.S: At times I felt like watching a Korean version of Kill-Bill with more soul to it.

Posted in Movie Reviews, Telugu

Baahubali 2 (The Conclusion) – Review


Always late to the party, I am. *Sigh* curse my laziness.

A much-awaited movie of the year with lots of speculations, fan theories and heated discussions on “Why did Kattapa kill Baahubali?” On a positive side, I’ve seen such fan theories popping out for Game of Thrones especially that’s where I participated and I know How enthusiastic it is always?

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I was never apprehensive about this Movie because I was pretty much disappointed with the first part because of the lack of proper story, poor CG. Baahubali – The Conclusion is really far better than the 1st part and it definitely is a milestone to Indian Cinema. This movie proved that if budget isn’t an issue then our creative wings are free and this Movie would definitely be a feather in the cap of Indian Cinema for taking it a notch higher. All praise go to “The Captain of the Ship” S.S.Rajamouli for not deviating from his vision of making a grandeur movie.

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I could definitely see a lot of improvements in the CG compared to the first part though Maahishmathi and few other statues looked artificial to me. Also, it irks me when a normal human has extraordinary powers which I couldn’t believe may be the indoctrination. If some Hollywood movie has done this we might have believed who know? Should I say the director failed to prove it or he thought people would assume that Kings those days were strong enough to pull a giant chariot with all their might (Read one person) and could break a giant door and also push an Elephant with that chariot? Ufff! I know I know its Telugu movie and these are completely normal but when a Movie is directed in such a big budget and in a way or other it represents Indian cinema as a whole I wish director could have made few efforts to prove the power the hero and the villain got.

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As first part, this part also has a huge cast and none has gone waste I should say, except for Tamannah. One peculiar thing I noticed in both the parts was that the prominent female protagonists were given equal screen space and they played a pivotal role in progressing the movie to next set of events. If, not for Avantika, Sivudu wouldn’t have visited Maahishmathi to rescue Devasena (Anushka). If Sivagami wasn’t there then there is no Baahubali at all. Well, I can’t reveal much about this part’s progression in the story because of the female leads. Well, I absolutely loved that arrow stunt scene where Amarendra and Devasena were perfectly in sync.

If, Prabhas was a fierce warrior or a Romantic King who swooned many ladies with his charm and talent, Anushka, on the other hand, was as fierce as Prabhas in the Movie. It was a great relief to see Anushka donned the role Devasena with ease. Prabhas and Anushka made a great pair in the movie and they subtly carried Ram and Sita kinda role in the movie.

Rana Dagupathi has done a marvellous job is bringing life to Ballaladeva. The way he carried himself and underplayed mostly in the first half of the movie was fantastic. On the other hand, Nassar does a wonderful job as usual especially the scene where he breaks the wall with his bare hands was completely believable. Baahubali movie is incomplete without Ramya Krishnan and Satyaraj, where the former donned the role as a Queen and Godmother Sivagami with fierce and this lady once again prove that she needn’t move a muscle but just widen her eyes and one would definitely shit their pants (I know, I know I am exaggerating :P), the later was throughout the Movie as slave Kattappa and supported the Protagonist let it be Amarendra or Mahendra he was there for both of them in taking the throne and I also wonder why didn’t he seek help from Aslam Khan (Sudeep) and I believed that Sudeep would play a key role in part 2 :/. M.M.Keeravani does a fantastic job with the background score but I found the songs not much murmur worthy unlike the songs from the 1st part. Well, when the movie takes a more drama tone than the action it makes sense to concentrate on the BGM than the songs.

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Sabu Cyril and the CGI team are the backbones of this movie apart from the director. Compared to the first part they worked so much to avoid the flaws. In Hamsa Naava song, let it be the flying ship or the cloud horse they made us feel like being in a dreamland watching the hero and heroine dance. I absolutely awed watching that song. Maahismathi Palace or the Kundala town Sabu Cyril carefully designed those places and a big round of applause for him.

As I mentioned earlier there are few things which I didn’t like in the movie owing to the standards they are planning to catch. Well, for us Indians we know if its Telugu cinema, leave your brains outside the Cinema hall and forget your logical reasoning during the gravitation challenging stunt sequences or others, but not the International audience. Still, this is just another step for us to fight Hollywood fist to fist with our imagination. I would definitely recommend watching this movie in Theatres because one must not miss watching such a grandeur in the Silver screen than a tiny screen. 😛

Happy Watching.. 🙂

P.S: I watched the Movie in Telugu because I personally felt dubbing would ruin the emotions.

Posted in Movie Reviews, Tamil

Power Paandi aka Pa. Paandi – Review


*May contain Spoilers*

We all have fond memories of our Grandparents and How many times have we seen them have a life apart from their grandchildren or their children? Have we ever given a thought about our retired parents who can’t sit home idle but meet their friends, go on a trip etc.,

Heck! How many times have we mocked that uncle who is in his 60’s for attending a French class? Haven’t we mocked that aunty in her 50+ who wore so much makeup? We are indoctrinated that people who have crossed their 60’s are bound to stay home and rest, they are supposed to rejoice the life they lived in an easy chair but nothing more than that. One dialogue in a movie where Paandi asks Poondhendral “naama namma pasangalayum pera kuzhandhaingalayum pathi nenaikkurom, avanga nammala pathi nenaikkuraangala?” How true those words are?

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Power Paandi exactly takes this idea and this time we have a hero who is in his 60’s. When he was forced to live inside the walls and pushed not to poke his nose. He leaves his house not to be a burden to his son (Prasanna) and daughter-in-law (Chaya Singh). Where did he go and who did he meet is the rest of the breezy movie. As Paandi we also feel like living inside a cage in the first part of the movie.

Dhanush with his directional debut chose to stay safe on the plot and screenplay. Surprisingly he did a great job as a director except that the first half of the movie have few flaws and the Screenplay was dragging. The second half took a U-turn and was on a top gear with some beautiful moments.

I couldn’t imagine any other person who could have done justice to this role apart from Rajkiran who did an exceptional job as a loving Grandpa, silent father, cheerful lover. There is a scene in the movie where he would tug under the bedsheet and wait for a response from Revathi. It brought a smile on my face because we see such habits among youngsters but not from an old man.

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When Revathi entered the Screen the whole movie got a new air. The romance was blistering through the scenes she appeared. Wish she got, even more, screen space. Sean Roldan did a fantastic job with regards to the background score. In the flashback scenes which takes place in late 70’s, he gave a slight touch of Illayaraja. Way to go Sean, Way to go.

Even though the movie had a slightly draggy first half with few flaws, the second half of the movie really makes us forget all those flaws and we also ride with Paandi along with him. Paandi’s grandchildren are adorable and the pakkathu veetu guy guarantees for some of the timing comedy portions in the movie.

It is a rarity these days to see such movies on screen and even if, we see they mostly have a depressing climax but fortunately this one doesn’t and that’s a reason this movie stands out. Dhanush scores his brownie points as a director. Don’t ignore your parent’s and they also have a life even after they are retired is the message of this movie, they also could go in search of their lost love all we need to do is let them be. Go watch this movie with your parents and I’m sure they would love it.

Happy Watching.. 🙂