Pathu Thala (2023), Gautham Karthik shines that’s all
A lot was hyped about this Silambarasan‘s gangster film, but for me it was a letdown despite its grandeur settings and theme. The first half was entirely about Gautham Karthik, who utilized the opportunity very well and was impressive. The second half was about STR‘s character, who tried his best to look serious and dramatic, but failed. The transition between the two parts was abrupt, I wanted to root for them, but I couldn’t. The film gets a Rotten rating from Mangoidiots. The famous Tamil poet Manushyaputhiran has done the role of an NGO founder well. Redin Kingsley has given a slight variation from his usual performance. Priya Bhavani Shankar was…
Ghosty (2023), I am confused about this film
Tamil cinema loves the comedy horror genre but Ghosty (2023) starring Kajal Aggarwal is a confused mess. It hops from being a ghost film to a rowdy-police film and back many times that I lost count. The film gets a Rotten rating from Mangoidiots. The film by director Kalyaan features a dozen comedians including Yogi Babu, Redin Kingsley, Jagan, Manobala, Motta Rajendran, Mayilsamy (felt sad to see him onscreen), Devadarshini and more, but none of them get enough scope to impress you.
Pallu Padama Paathuka (2023), disgusting & shabby
Some of the finest movies have been made in the zombie genre and others feature Adolf Hitler, it is a shame that Pallu Padama Paathuka (2023) uses both this shabbily. I can’t believe that a fine actor like Attakathi Dinesh after giving films like Cuckoo (2014) and Visaranai (2016) decided to act on this trash (forgive me, there is no nice way of saying this). Gets a mangoidiots rotten rating.
Bagheera (2023), was misogynistic, insulting & tedious
Featuring a talented actor like Prabhu Deva and half a dozen actresses can’t save a poorly thought and shabbily made film like Bagheera (2023). For a thriller film, why should so much hatred, insults and abusive words against women everywhere be passed? The misogynistic comments featured throughout the film can’t be justified by a flimsy motive and a disgusting climax. I have no hesitancy to give a Rotten mangoidiots rating for the film. The dialogues were outright vulgar, even by adult comedy measures. A young lady’s mother is casually talking about her daughter booking an overnight room, and a group of fathers of girls are boosting how many boys were…
Mister Mommy (2022), an eccentric plot squandered
When I read the noticed poster of this film, Mister Mommy (2022) on Netflix I was intrigued. A male is shown with a pregnant tummy! Add to that, it was starring Genelia D’Souza, an actress I love from her early Tamil films like Sachein (2005) and Santosh Subramaniam (2008). Sadly, the actual film was a total failure, the screenplay was non-existent. It felt like the movie was being made up on the set. Gets a rotten rating on the Mangoidiots scale. Amol Kote (Riteish Deshmukh) works as a physical education trainer in a school in Britain, he is a strict disciplinarian and he inflicts the kids with near corporal punishments.…
Thank God (2022), a moral science film that entertains in parts
Thank God (2022) is about a greedy, selfish man in the afterlife made to play a game to win back his life. After the novelty wears off, the screenplay becomes a long string of incidents and the moral, the hero is made to learn from it. Had the film said anything new it could’ve been a lot more entertaining that did. It gets a Rotten rating and is available on Amazon Prime. The visuals of the game floor in the skies were stunning. Sidharth Malhotra played the protagonist, a black-and-white character well. As the Chitragupta, Ajay Devgn has got an easy role and he has done it effortlessly. Rakul Preet…
Connect (2022), nothing new in this supernatural thriller
Nayanthara starring Connect (2022) is about a daughter handling the loss of her beloved father, a doctor who loses the fight after treating COVID patients. . As the loving girl, Haniya Nafis impresses with her acting. Sathyaraj as the grandfather makes acting appear effortless. Still, with nothing new to offer, Director Ashwin Saravanan‘s Connect fails to connect with the audience. Gets our mangoidiots rating of Rotten. The story happens during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting complete lockdown. It was painful to relieve the ghastly scenes of ICU wards with patients, doctors in hazmat suits and the dying saying their farewell through video calls. Most of…
Coffee with Kadhal (2022), decaf and lukewarm!
A large family with three brothers and one sister, four to five couples, and misaligned affections should’ve been a perfect plot for a comedy from Sundar C. Unfortunately, a weak screenplay has resulted in a decaf coffee that was lukewarm. I am puzzled about why Yogi Babu and Kingsley were so under-utilized. Coffee with Kadhal (2022) gets a ‘rotten’ in our mangoidiots score. Srikanth, Jiiva and Jai play the role of three sons to the character of Pratap Pothen, it was sad to see the underrated actor in Kollywood perform in what is likely to be his last film. DD (Dhivyadharshini) comes as the sister to the three brothers and…