So many reviews out there so won’t go on but you have to watch it in the cinema (preferably a large screen with great sound). It’s a completely commercial offering from Kamal but presented beautifully. The boy has done well.
Billa 2 - what can I say - a real positive cinematic experience. Despite reading a lot of mixed reviews on Friday and Saturday - I tried to go in with a clear head and not be swayed by anything. Overall I was pleasantly surprised - yes the storyline is quite basic but I am sorry what were you expecting after seeing the trailers and Billa 1!
I thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish but a warning to parents - please do not bring your kids under 15 - the film has some violent moments. I saw a couple of parents arguing with cinema staff that their 8 year old kids (!) couldn’t be admitted (as they sneakily bought them tickets via the website).
So the pluses for me
Ajithkumar - of course Thala rocks and his screen presence is very strong from the moment the movie starts. He has some cracking one-liners
Cinematography - I dont’t know the technical detail but the film has been shot beautifully - each frame is like something you would expect from Hollywood
Music - BGM by Yuvan works very well
Chakri Toleti - neat direction after Unnai Pol Oruvan
Areas for development
More narration around why Billa turned to the darkside - this was a bit weak and they tried to cover it with the opening credits
Raguman as Jagadish - that could have been a meatier role considering they become partners later on (maybe a Billa 3?)
Overall - a 7 out of 10 from me. Thala is one slick guy - I love him in a bromantic way!
Karthi is someone with extreme potential and we saw this in both Paruthi Veeran and Ayirathil Oruvan. Over the last 2 years - he has gone done the commercial route and has done pretty well so far with Paiyaa, Naan Mahan Alla and Siruthai. However I would really like someone like Shankar and Gautham Menon to grab him and do their wonders.
Anyway Saguni - all in all is a commercial entertainer with a big cast that includes Radhika, Nasser, KotaSreenivasaRao, Prakash Raj, Kiran, Roja and not forgetting the much sought after Santhanam. The first half is basically a bit of scene setter narrated comically by the dynamic duo of Santhanam and Karthi - both of them have the names Rajini and Kamal respectively and it’s brilliant watching them interact with each other.
The 2nd half is Karthi taking on Prakash Raj but not in your usual tamil masala way of Prakash Raj killing Karthi’s family with an aruval and Karthi avenging them! It’s all done in a very “political” way but the minus is that it drags and drags. They could have really cut about 20 minutes and sped it up.
GV Prakash’s music is average - not his best and Pranitha (never seen her before - apparently became famous after the Kannada version of Pokiri) doesn’t really do much - comes and goes.
Overall, I would give it a 6/10 and you should see the film if
You like Karthi
You want to laugh for about 90 mins! (and you like Santhanam)
You can remember it’s just a film and let you mind be free!
I really wasn’t sure what to expect from this as I knew nothing about the novel by Suzanne Collins. Must say I was quite impressed by Jennifer Lawrence and the cast as a whole. The plot is quite simple - a fight to the death and the winners takes back food to his/her community in a post-apocalyptic America where food/resources are very scarce. It has been shot very well and dragged a little in the middle but picked up again. I will definitely watch the next in the series Catching Fire.
This is by no means a comprehensive review but a quick roundup of thoughts before I forget it all. Overall, in summary a great directional debut from Thalaivar’s daughter - to be fair to her this is better than her father’s directional debut Valli and he was fully established when he did that.
Dhanush once again stole the show but there was a bit of his Mayakkam Enna character in this one. I would have appreciated him a bit more if I hadn’t seen that film not so long ago. He definitely can get away with playing the school boy and the mature adult in the same film. Shruthi was pretty good too but her crying gets on your nerves after a while but then again her character in the film as narrated by Dhanush was quite weak willed when it came to their relationship. Prabhu as well Bhanupriya had good solid roles and did their parts very well.
Songs were executed nicely into the film as Kolaveri actually made sense in the scene that it was in - the BGM was pretty impressive too.
I do applaud the braveness of Aishwariya on tackling mental health in her first film and not going for some typical masala money maker.
Spoiler warning….don’t read on if you haven’t seen it…question in my head:
Why didn’t Dhanush tell his parents about his bipolar disorder? They seemed liked like very warm parents and would have helped him.
Porali - the SS combo didn't work as well this time
Porali is one of those films you wait for something to happen and when it does it’s not that exciting. Samuthirakkani and Sasikumar who did Subramanyapuram and Nadodigal get together again with Sasikumar playing the key Porali (Warrior) role. Very simply - the story is Kumaran (Sasikumar) has a greedy family - they try to kill him - he tries to kill them - he hides in a mental asylum for a bit - makes a few friends on the run - starts a bit of kadhal and then the family find him again - you can guess the rest!
I was hoping the film would centre around mental illness but it didn’t really gone in deep - turned into a half baked masala movie with aruva meesai and loosely tied verthis. I haven’t given up on Sasikumar as I think he’s a great actor but thankful I didn’t bother with this one in the cinema.