• Movie Review

    Kurup (2021)

    Kurup (2021), a Malayalam thriller starring Dulquer Salmaan, is a period film that deserves credit for a fine recreation of the 1980s Bombay, Madras & Persia and for good acting by the lead actors. Sadly, it has not been supported by a worthy screenplay, which was haphazard. I got a feeling I watched three films in the 155 minutes it ran. Kurup is available on Netflix, and it gets my Raw rating. Dulquer has effortlessly carried the role of Kurup, which had multiple identities – first as a trainee Airman, then as the town’s rich man, and lastly as an international arms dealer. He was supported well by Sobhita Dhulipala…

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    Minnal Murali (2021)

    Minnal Murali (2021) is a Malayalam superhero film directed by Basil Joseph and released on Netflix. I expected it to be an action-packed, daredevil style film, but it turned out to be an emotional drama of love and the loss experienced by two dissimilar people in a town who accidentally acquire superpowers. Tovino Thomas (Kilometers and Kilometers 2020) is the hero, Minnal Murali, but it is the protagonist Guru Somasundaram of Joker (2016) fame who dazzles the audience in every frame with his outstanding acting. I found the screenplay to be fluffy & muddled, yet as this film is a welcome attempt for Indian cinema it gets a Ripe rating…

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    #Home (2021)

    Oliver Twist is a retired businessman living with his wife, two adult sons and his elderly father. His first son is a film director who is struggling to follow up on his first hit. His second son is an Instagram influencer. The two sons are always on their smartphones and Oliver being a tech-illiterate is unable to connect with him. How he gets over the technology chasm, bonds with his elder son have been told in a humorous yet realistic manner that is available only from Mollywood. The first thing that catches your attention with #Home (2021) was the tastefully built house, Director Rojin Thomas has got it right as…

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    Anveshanam (2020)

    Anveshanam (2020) is a Malayalam thriller that I accidentally found being available on Amazon Prime Video. The movie is about a young boy brought in critical condition to a hospital by his mother and their neighbour, a doctor. What happened to him, who caused the accident was the mystery that has been told with an engaging screenplay. I liked the film, check it out. The entire story happens over the night in the hospital and it gets developed layer by layer, one piece being revealed at a time. By itself, the story is a very simple one, but the way the characters gets developed, the good casting, and the order…

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    The Priest (2021)

    The Priest (2021) is a Malayalam paranormal thriller starring Mammooty. It got released today on Amazon Prime Video. Reading the description of “A priest and a police officer are trying to solve a set of mysterious suicides”, I expected an engaging detective, instead, it was a run-of-the-mill ghost revenge film with an identity crisis. It gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’ because of Mammooty. The film starts with a young lady bringing to the attention of Fr. Carmen Benedict (Mammooty) the series of mysterious suicides that happen in a millionaire family. He joins with the local Deputy Superintendent to solve the crime. It was a good detective film till this…

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    Joji (2021)

    Film after film, Fahadh Faasil impresses us more with his performances. In his latest film Joji (2021) available on Amazon Prime Video, he has transformed into the youngest son of a wealthy estate owner who is authoritarian and iron fists any money to his children. Reading the byline that ends with “Will he (Joji) succeed in achieving his dreams?” and the introduction of the character, I was expecting a comedy/success story. Instead, it was a semi-dark and crime film. The film by Dileesh Pothan gets a mangoidiots rating of ‘Ripe’ for delivering a brilliant screenplay, with apt casting, and wonderful acting by everyone. Joji (Fahadh) is the third son of…

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    Saajan Bakery Since 1962 (2021)

    Saajan Bakery (2021) is a Malayalam Comedy Drama about the rough relationship between a sister and her brother, who run a local bakery in Ranni, Kerala founded by their father. The film didn’t offer anything out of ordinary, but it was simple and had characters that were unpretentious and relatable to the audience – for this reason(s) I liked the film and gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. It is available on Amazon Prime Video. The story happens around a small bakery founded by Saajan in 1962 and after his passing away being run his children Betsy and Bobin, along with their uncle Cherian (Saajan’s Brother-In-Law). After being married for…

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    Trance (2020)

    Trance (2020) is a Malayalam drama starring Fahadh Faasil, a struggling motivational speaker named Viju who gets recruited as a religious preacher by a big scam group. I liked the first half of the film where Viju struggles with his emotional baggage from tragedies in his family while not losing hope about becoming successful. The second half was dull and needlessly lengthy and becomes the usual hero vs bad guys story. Gets a Mangoidiots rating of ‘Raw’. Is available on Amazon Prime Video. The way ordinary Viju Prasad is transformed to Pastor Joshua Carlton (JC as in Jesus Christ!) was enjoyable. If Director Anwar Rasheed had maintained the flow this…