• 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…

  • TV Show Review

    God’s Favorite Idiot (TV Series)

    God’s Favorite Idiot, is a new comedy series on Netflix. I got attracted by the title and I like Melissa McCarthy, so I started to watch. Sadly, after two episodes I got super bored and disappointed. A friend recommended I continue and I did. The middle episodes got better, but quickly the episodes that followed went downhill again. The story is about an average Joe named Clark (Ben Falcone) getting selected by God, he starts to glow and God asks Clark to convey ‘her’ message to the world. Clark needs to do this while remaining unharmed by the evil Satan who is trying to kill him. Amily (Melissa) and three…

  • Movie Review

    Ayngaran (2022)

    A young engineer who stays clear of the job market, instead, invents “innovative” gadgets which remind high-school projects for solving everyday problems but fails to get a break. A seven-year-old girl falls into a 200-feet borewell and the entire government machinery under the local collector works day & night to rescue the child, but they keep hitting one barrier after another. A bloodthirsty group of Hindi-speaking thieves who target only the large jewellery stores, they leave no clue, and the Tamil Nadu police department is unable to catch them. The hero grows up inspired by his father, a police constable, and also angry at the system that prevents his father…

  • Movie Review

    Bigbug (2022)

    Bigbug (2022) is a French science fiction that is available on Netflix. The story happens in 2045 when the residents and their friends of a house are locked inside by their androids when the world outside gets taken over by bad robots. Having a few people with past connections, in a closed place is a fantastic plot for telling interesting stories, unfortunately, Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wastes the opportunity. The film gets mangoidiots’ rotten rating. Alice is a divorcee living with her daughter in one of the neighbourhoods with hi-tech gadgets and android to do her bidding. Her lover and his son visit them, joined by her ex-husband and his fiancee,…

  • Movie Review

    Gehraiyaan (2022)

    Not being truthful to the one who loves you and having an affair turns ugly always and the repercussions will be felt beyond those involved. This was the plot of Deepika Padukone starring Gehraiyaan (2022). Due to a confusing screenplay on what should’ve been an engaging romantic drama turns out to be boring. Even the good performances by Deepika and Ananya Pandey couldn’t save the film. The Alibaug beach house that was featured was stunning, and so was the luxury yacht – and the cinematographer has captured them beautifully. I liked the attempt to narrate the story from the female lead’s point of view and I wish this was explored…

  • Movie Review

    Jango (2021)

    Having read this to be a time-loop based story, I was looking forward to this film, Jango (2021). Unfortunately, the film was a disappointment. The story’s crux is a familiar theme of a rogue scientist experimenting with human lives for his personal fame and gain, and the hero working against odds to save the world, in this case, he uses poorly the advantage provided by time-loop. There are aliens, space research, brain surgery, murder mystery and the kitchen sink thrown in. The story also includes an estranged couple with the husband trying desperately to get together. I wish the crew had done well, but the film only gets my rotten…

  • Movie Review

    2 Alone in Paris (2008)

    During the early days of the pandemic, we saw pictures of the roads of the busiest cities in the world being completely empty and with subsequent lockdowns, the scene became familiar. But to see the famous parts of Paris being deserted and void of people in 2008, when this film was made, should’ve been eerie. That’s the feeling the film, 2 Alone in Paris (Seuls Two), by Directors Ramzy Bedia and Eric Judor tries to create in the audience, unfortunately, the rest of the movie in the name of being a comedy comes out absurd and makes you feel stupid. Available on Netflix it gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. Gervais is…

  • Movie Review

    Annaatthe (2021)

    During the ongoing pandemic, Annaatthe (அண்ணாத்த) was the most expected movie by Tamilians worldwide. Inconceivably, the film by Director ‘Siruthai’ Siva was disappointing at all levels, to say the least. It is available on Netflix and gets my ‘Rotten’ rating. The director delivers what he had promised in the trailer. It is about an elder brother from the villages revenging the villains in Kolkata city who wrong his beloved sister. The first half was Annaatthe’s character definition and the winning over of a local bad guy (Prakash Raj). The second half was Annaatthe single-handedly bringing down a mafia kingpin and his brother, all without his sister learning about his presence.…