• Movie Review

    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…

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    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…

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    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…

  • Movie Review

    Prince (2022), a disappointing Sivakarthikeyan film

    To tell a comedy, cultural differences have been an effective tool and used well like in Mind Your Language or even within the English world like in Matt LeBlanc‘s Episodes.  But times have changed, societies have evolved and Gen-Z is particular (rightly so) not to stereotype or be insulting other cultures, languages or nationalities. Director Anudeep KV has been tone-deaf to these with his creation, Prince (ப்ரின்ஸ்) starring Sivakarthikeyan and Maria Ryaboshapka as leads. The story is about a social teacher in a Pondicherry school and the new English teacher from Britain. That’s all. Debut to Kollywood, the Ukrainian Maria Ryaboshapka is attractive, friendly and has tried to emote her best.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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,…