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    Avatar: The Way of Water (2022), offers not a lot to blow your mind yet is ripe

    ⏳This was a wait of over 12 years. Whether it was The Terminator (1984), Abyss (1989), Titanic (1997) or Avatar (2009) Mr James Cameron always transports you to the cinematic world he creates on the big screen. I felt sad, every time the sequels for Avatar kept getting delayed, but glad Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) got released today and I managed to see it on a morning show (10 AM). Just like the millions of fans around the world, I loved the blue Na’vi people and wanted to learn more about Pandora. In one single feature film, Mr Cameron had brought to life a whole world, scores of…

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    Gatta Kusthi (2022), a sports comedy that was not stupid

    Almost all comedy films made in Kollywood in recent times make you feel stupid and are devoid of common sense. Surprising to see the movie Gatta Kusthi (2022) which was based on an age-old plot of a marriage being finalised on lies, breaking the trend. Vishnu Vishal produced a film that was enjoyable for most parts and I am feeling generous to give a mangoidiots rating of Ripe. Wrestling is not easy. Wresting on a mud floor is tougher. Aishwarya Lekshmi has done her role of a female wrestler remarkably well – she exhibits the tenacity and toughness that makes the matches played in the ring believable and she was docile…

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    See How They Run (2022), unpretentious yet entertaining

    There are films which have a simple plot, familiar characters, and unpretentious handling by the director, yet are entertaining. The comedy, murder-mystery film, See How They Run (2022) was one of those films and gets our Ripe rating. The lead actors Sam Rockwell and Saoirse Ronan were instrumental in ensuring the period film set in 1953 London was humorous and enjoyable. Available on Disney+ Hotstar. A murder happens backstage during Agatha Christie’s play in a famous London theatre. A voice-over says this is yet another Whodunit (Who has done it) genre story. Though it was of that genre, the screenplay was uncomplicated and easy to follow.  I liked the recreation of…

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    Love Today (2022), a treat for the youth

    For the youth of today, their centre of universe and lifeline is their mobile phones. Love Today (2022) directed and acted by Pradeep Ranganathan spotlights this trend in a humorous fashion. What made the film different was its treatment of the story – it was completely relatable and there was no preaching, moral advice or crime-solving. The audience in the theatre voted yes for the film, and following them, mangoidiots gives a Ripe. Ivana as Nikitha and the love interest of the hero has delivered a convincing performance. Pradeep Ranganathan in his debut as an actor has made a fine effort, but almost in every frame, he reminds us of a…

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    Sardar (2022), an enjoyable spy film

    Tamil Cinema in recent times has rediscovered the spy genre, we have seen it with Vijay‘s Beast (2022), Kamal‘s Vikram (2022), Suriya‘s Kaapaan (2019) and now Sardar (2022). In a dual role, Karthi has done a fine job in this spy thriller, Sardar (2022).  This, and the focus on a single theme: exposing the bottled water mafia, made this film by Director P S Mithran, enjoyable. Raashii Khanna is the female lead, with yesteryears actress Laila playing an important role. They are joined by Munishkanth in a character role and Youtube fame Master Rithvik, who delights us with his charm. Rajisha Vijayan, an actress from Malayalam is a promising addition to…

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    Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022)

    It has been a dream for generations of Tamilians to have writer Kalki’s Ponniyin Selvam come to the silver screen. Many years ago, I watched the adaption of the novel into a stage play which was breathtaking. Ponniyin Selvan 1 (2022) by veteran director Manirathnam benefits not only from Kalki’s rich imagination but a dazzling lineup of stars: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Vikram, Jayam Ravi, Karthi &  many others. Writer Jeyamohan‘s dialogues and the screenplay aided by Elango Kumaravel were the real strength of the film – their work has answered how the characters should be speaking, do they speak in contemporary Tamil or alienating the audience by speaking the…

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    Middle Class Melodies (2020), an underrated entertainer

    Middle Class Melodies (2020) starring Anand Devarakonda (Vijay Devarakonda‘s brother) and Varsha Bollamma is a movie with a simple story and it was entertaining.  I liked this feel-good movie, a genre which has become a rarity in recent times. Raghava, a graduate living in a small town dreaming of becoming big by cashing his culinary skills. Did he succeed by setting up a restaurant in the nearby city of Guntur and did he marry his sweetheart is the story? Director Vinod Anantoju has a done job in the casting. Every character including Chaitanya Garikipati as Gopal, Divya Sripada as Gauthami and Goparaju Ramana as Kondalrao were perfect for their roles. A…

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    Laal Singh Chaddha (2022), a memorable feel-good movie

    Laal Singh Chaddha (2022) is a faithful remake of the iconic Forrest Gump (1994). And Aamir Khan has done that with poise. The film gets my mangoidiots rating of Ripe for being true to the original’s soul. I went for the Tamil dubbed version and it was good. Laal Singh Chaddha is about an innocent man who believes unconditionally in the people in his life. Because of his good nature & hard work, he gets bestowed with the opportunities to help everyone around him. He loves and respects his mom, who raises him as a single mother. Next comes his friends who help him, a fellow soldier in the Indian…