• Movie Review

    The Legend (2022), an amateurish film that was laughable!

    From the time the songs, which were hits, and the trailer got released I knew I will watch the film – The Legend (2022). Produced by Saravana Store‘s owner Arul Saravanan and featuring him as the hero, the film was released on over 600+ screens and even had an early morning show. It was a full house for the first-day evening show in Luxe Cinemas, Chennai. The action film is not a spoof, is not a parody, but if you imagine it to be one, you would thoroughly enjoy the movie. I and my friends did so and we had a good time. You won’t be able to get through…

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    The Gray Man (2022), an uninspiring spy action

    If I am given just a minute to think of the story for a big-budget spy movie, I am likely to come up with something uninspiring like The Gray Man (2022). The Netflix original film made with a $200 million budget was much talked about in the Indian press for Dhanush playing a role in it. It was good to see Ryan Gosling in a full-length action film after the emotional hit First Man (2018), his excellent performance keeps us sitting through this film. It gets a Raw rating. Sierra Six is an undercover CIA assassin, while on a mission he gets access to a memory card that may contain…

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    Deja Vu (2022)

    A writer comes to a police station asking for protection from his fictional characters who are threatening him. What was ridiculous at first, becomes serious as a lady’s missing case unfolds as told in the writer’s new novel that is being written. Tamil Nadu DGP calls for the help of an undercover officer, played by Arulnithi. In the first half, this plot was used well in Deja Vu (2022) and keeps us engaged, regrettably, the second half was dreary. The two-hour film gets a Raw from Mangoidiots. With his recent films, Arulnithi has proven he can act convincingly. In this one, he comes as a police officer but is never seen…

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    Ante Sundaraniki (2022), an enjoyable romcom that ran too long

    The film’s plot can’t be any less original than Ante Sundaraniki (2022), yet I enjoyed this romantic comedy thanks to a fine screenplay and good acting. Nani as Sundar Prasad and Nazriya Nazim as Leela Thomas have done their respective roles well. Joining their characters as their respective mothers are the two veteran actresses of South Indian cinema, Rohini and Nadhiya, and both were brilliant. Had the film been edited sharply and the three hours of running time tightened, I would’ve been happy to give it a Ripe rating on the Mangoidiots scale. Sundar Prasad is a Hindu boy from an orthodox middle-class brahmin family. His schoolmate is Leela, a…

  • Movie Review,  தமிழ்

    Kadhal Kottai (1996)

    தமிழ் சினிமாவில் மறக்க முடியாத ஓர் திரைப்படம் காதல் கோட்டை (1996). அஜீத்துக்கும், தேவயானிக்கும், இயக்குனர் அகத்தியனுக்கும் மிகப் பெரிய வெற்றியைத் தேடிக்கொடுத்தப் படமிது. இன்று சன் நியூஸ் பார்த்ததில் தெரிந்தது, படம் வந்து 25 ஆண்டுகள் ஆகிவிட்டதென்று. இந்தப் படத்தில் நாயகனும், நாயகியும் பார்க்காமலேயே படமுழுக்க காதலிப்பார்கள், தபால் வழிக் காதல். நம்ப முடியாத இந்த நிகழ்வை, நம்பும்படி தந்திருப்பது தான் படத்தின் வெற்றிக்கு காரணம்.அதோடு அஜீத், தேவயானி, ஹீரா அவர்களின் நல்ல நடிப்பும் சேர்ந்து நம்மை கவர்ந்துவிடுகிறது. இன்றும் படத்தில் வந்தப் பலக் காட்சிகள் எனக்கு நினைவில் இருக்கிறது. பெட்டிக்கடை நடத்தும் மணிவண்ணன் மற்றும் இரவில் குளித்து, இஸ்திரி செய்த துணிகளைப் உடுத்தி, மேக்கப் எல்லாம் போட்டுக் கொண்டு தூங்கப் போகும் பாண்டு கதாபாத்திரமாகட்டும் எல்லாம் பசுமையாக நினைவில் வருகிறது. பொதுவாக ஆங்கிலப் படங்களில் அல்லது வேறு நாட்டுப் படங்களில் இருந்து தழுவியக் கதைகள் தான் தமிழ் சினிமாவில் வருகிறது என்கிற குற்றச்சாற்றுக்கு மாறாக காதல் கோட்டைக் கதையைத் தழுவி, பின்னர் வந்த…

  • Movie Review

    Sarkaru Vaari Paata (2022), was disappointing

    I like Mahesh Babu, I found his film Srimanthudu (2015) to be a total entertainer and I watched it a few times. So, I was curious with his latest film Sarkaru Vaari Paata (2022). Sadly, it offered an incohesive screenplay and a uninspired story. A good performance by Mahesh Babu and Keerthy Suresh couldn’t save the trainwreck. It gets a mangoidiots rating of Rotten. It seems the director Parasuram wanted to do a film around the plot of the infamous Vijay Mallya default case of Rs 9000 crores. Instead of going all-out on this and showing how the hero saves the Indian banks, we see a hotchpotch of events. Whatever the…

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    Galwakdi (2022)

    This Punjabi film, available on Amazon Prime Video is a prototypical romantic comedy. I noticed in the trailer, the story was in London and I started to watch it. Jagteshwar Singh is a librarian, a perfectionist who agonize over the small details in life. He gets drawn to a young lady, Amber, a guest in his house. The fun was the events that lead to the opposites getting attracted. Except for the drinking scenes, this is a family-friendly film. Had the climax been less cliché, Galwakdi (2022) would’ve got an higher rating than Raw from Mangoidiots. The opening sequences showing the regimented life that Jagteshwar follows, forces his parents and…

  • Movie Review

    Rocketry: The Nambi Effect (2022)

    Rocketry (2022) is the directorial debut of actor R Madhavan. I saw the Tamil version of the multilingual film, which was also simultaneously made in Hindi & English. I found the movie based on the real-life of ISRO scientist Mr S Nambi Narayanan to be well-made and enjoyable. It had a good dose of patriotism, which is the flavour of the times, it was central to the story and I liked the way Madhavan used the combination of national pride and guilt to narrate a powerful story that is sure to move the audience. I am happy to give the film a Ripe rating. In recent decades, two scientists from…