It’s A Wonderful Life Review

You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?Clarence Oddboy

A few days ago, a girl, who I considered my best friend, ended our friendship in an impromptu manner after ignoring me for a few days. I still don’t have a single clue why, but this situation left me completely shook. I have (or had in this case) a small group of friends and I am emotionally attached to them on an unfathomable level and all of them are, one-by-one, terminating our companionship. It had me depressed and thinking about my existence. Was I ever wanted ? Would it have even mattered if I hadn’t been born?

The hero of the story in Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life, George Bailey (James Stewart) is going through sort of a similar dilemma. He wonders if everyone would have been off better if he hadn’t been born. And there comes in Clarence Oddboy (Henry Travers) his guardian angel and shows him how the world would have been like if he hadn’t been born.

Some movies, and rarely does this happen I may assert, slowly but gradually creep into our lives. They have a humongous influence on our lives, even though we don’t admit it. There have been only few movies that have survived this test of time though, like Casablanca, 12 Angry Men, Best Years Of Our Lives, Anatomy Of A  Murder, Tokyo Story and some more. I don’t think Citizen Kane belongs in these ranks. And before you ostracize me from the criticism fraternity for proclaiming the so-called greatest movie of all time from the ranks of a classic, let me explain my viewpoint.

I watched Citizen Kane a few days ago. Did I like it? Yes, I did. A few days after watching the movie, a friend approached me and asked if I could watch Citizen Kane with him. My reply was, “Oh, it’s a black and white movie ! Got Vertigo or something? ” I realize, if my friend had asked me to watch It’s A Wonderful Life, I would have jumped at the opportunity like a beggar jumps at a dime. Great movies transcend the boundaries of black-and-white and 35mm and everything else. They inhibit a spot where they become like vine. The longer you keep, the more it becomes better.

James Stewart is stellar here. What a great actor this man is ! One of the most genuinely controlled and heartbreaking and endearing performances of all times is this offering from Stewart. Donna Reed is heartbreaking here on her debut film. Okay, ever actor is fabulous, breath-taking, amazing, awesome, stunning, astounding, astonishing, awe-inspiring, stupendous, great,…. You get what I mean !

The power of this movie is resolute as it was. I was numbed after watching this flick. I was in a pretty dark place, but this one got me out. I owe this movie. I love this movie. I I had a chance to watch a movie every single day of my life, I think I would chose Moneyball, The Shawshank Redemption and it’s A Wonderful Life. These are the movies which make me realize why I love movies. Movies are the greatest art-form of all time. Why ? Because I don’t think ever will a painting, a dance, a song would ever make me fall in love with live again. Pardon, ever make me fall in love with myself again. At the end of this movie, I was sobbing inconsolably and laughing uncontrollably. The tears were of joy. I loved life all over again. I realized that my life matters as much as it can and I think those who can comprehend that, only deserve to be my friends. When you might feel this is the end of the rope, please watch this movie, because I will if I feel like that. There is nothing more inspiring or beautiful than this movie. The last time I felt like this after watching a movie was when I watched The Shawshank Redemption. Yeah, this one’s up that ranks. Is it a wonderful life ? Well, why wouldn’t it be if we have movies like these, my dear friend, why wouldn’t it be?

Rating : 9.9/10

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Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam Review

There is a scene in which after undergoing speech therapy, Sudhi gives a speech in his school. After finishing the speech, there is a moment of relief on his face. Eyes moistened, face smiling as if he had undergone some kind of redemption. It is one of the most emotionally charged moments I have seen in recent cinema history and left an imprint on my mind.

I haven’t seen a movie for a long time which has had an impact on my life as this one. It is one of those harrowing, emotional experiences that come rarely in movie-watching experiences.

As a nerd, I have always had problems. And no, no one teases me or anything like that. As a nerd, the biggest problem is you have difficulty in expressing yourself. Your mind is filled with ideas about so many topics and no cares to listen about them. I related to this movie. It is about a man who struggles to get through life normally because of his stuttering problem. But what is it really about ? It is about a man who is frustrated with the fact that although he is intelligent, he cannot express himself.

If it was a movie about stuttering, it would have been a huge failure. But it is about the incapability of expressing oneself. It never exploits the stuttering part as well, nor is it exploited to bring about emotions. It is shown as a problem. The movie has emotionally charged moments which will definitely bring you to tears. The performance by Jayasurya is one for the books. What a great balanced portrayal it is ! The chemistry between TG Ravi and KPAC Lalitha is endearing.

Movie is humorous in nature and has plenty of laugh out loud scenes. There are particularly two vertigo shots that completely change the dynamics of the movie and this camera technique hasn’t been put to such use since Vertigo itself.

Did I like the movie ? No, I loved it. I think after 20 years, I will still be thinking about this movie. How it changed my perspective about life, how it inspired me, and how it changed my life forever. It is one of those rare cinematic experiences which I can truly, and proudly, hail as great. Su Su Sudhi Vathmeekam is a masterpiece.

 Rating :- 9.5 / 10

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Chinatown Review

Can you believe it? We’re in the middle of a drought, and the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A – Morty

In 2013, I watched two masterpieces from the world of cinema. The first was ‘Argo’ directed by Ben Affleck on the Iran crisis and the second was ‘Inception’ directed by Christopher Nolan on subconscious espionage. They both occupy a very special place in my movie watching experience. See, when I was watching these movies, my attention was completely on the screen, undiverted. It was pure classic escapism. For the run time of those movies, I was shoved into a sort-of one dimensional space with just the frames of the movies as my companion. And as the story progressed, every second was an adrenaline rush for me.

I consider the thriller genre as my favourite genre of all time. Why ? Because it has the pure  cinematic essence which I look out for. That essence which in which there are only three components existing in the run time of the movie, the projector – audience – screen. And both Argo and Inception had that thrill which leaves you dumb founded. Now combine the tension, thrill and urgency of both the movies, and you get Roman Polanski’s Chinatown.

Roman Polanski’s Chinatown is about Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) who is hired by the wife of Hollis Mulwray (Darrel Zwerling) the chief engineer of Water and Power Department of Los Angeles to investigate about an affair she suspects her husband of having. Jack investigates and exposes the affair, and the story breaks out the next day in L.A.Times. But, something unexpected happens and Jake gets caught up in a web of lies, deceit, corruption all leading back to Chinatown.

There are four movies which every aspiring film-maker who hopes to make his entry in the thriller genre ought to see. They are Inception, Chinatown, Primer and The Fountain. I love the first two, the same courtesy hasn’t been extended by me towards the latter two. Why ? All four of them have mind-blowing scripts and great performances and function soundly on the technical aspects as well. So what is it that distinguishes the prime two from the latter two ? What is it that makes the difference from being a great movie and an average movie ? It is a 7-letter word that makes all the difference – BALANCE. There are so many things going on in the run-time at the same time in all these movies. But, the first two lets the audience soak it in and comprehend the complex plot. While the latter two expects its audience to be as intelligent as the movie itself. But unfortunately not all of us are Nikola Tesla or Charlie Kauffman. We are plebeians with a normal level of comprehensive skills and intelligence. That is what amazes me the most about Chinatown, the balance.

I haven’t seen a movie in my life which is as complex as Chinatown. But even I, a 14-year old, could comprehend it with ease. Roman Polanski would have made a great teacher I presume. The movie is stylish. The noir effect is mind-numbing. Once again we see the balance being displayed. It is stylish, sexy some may assert with its catching lines and beautiful women and the mythical effect of the cinematography, but never for a second does it go over-the-top. It maintains that beautiful sublime balance between a smart movie and a popcorn fare.

Jack Nicholson is stupendous (as always) in this role. Although my favourite Nicholson performance is his role in The Departed by Scorsese, this comes in at a good, hell-worthy second. After watching this movie I realize, Jack would have made a great James Bond. He has that amazing balance between being that stylish, uber, sexy one-line cracking detective to being a hell serious detective. What Daniel Craig did in the 21st century, Nicholson could have done in the 20th century. He would have given James Bond that redemption that the character deserved. He is unforgettable here and leaves a mark on the mind and senses like none another. Dunaway as Evelyn is fabulous. It is one of those few characters that I have seen in cinema that work like a Rubix Cube. You always sense a shroud of mystery around her character that leaves you digging for more.

As any great movie, it is an inspection of our society. Grim, entangled in lies, deceit, adultery, corruption and what not. As much as it is a thriller, it is a grim morality play. Nicholson here succeeds as a characters because he looks at the story from our viewpoint, not as a personal conflict of any sort, but purely as a mystery. It is when the personal factory kicks in, that he appears confused for the first time, when layers of his smart-ass personality are peeled, and we actually see him transparently, a man befuddled and enraged and more than that, tired at the misery around him. He is as shocked and helpless as we are at the climax, which may upset many I presume for its stark reality. It is not for its depiction of stark reality that we are horrified, it for its willingness to accept that all stories do not have a happy ending. We have always seen movies as a portal towards a mystic world similar to our own, but full of hope. But hope is always present as a dominant force in the moving of the plot. It is shattered just at the right time, when Nicholson is in Chinatown again, which is a symbolic representation of the real world. All the hope is vapourised from Nicholson and he comes in terms with the reality. He accepts that world is a grim place where morality is a thing of the past. He realizes that the only thing he can do is to do as little as possible. And he forgets, because after all, it is Chinatown.

  Rating : 9.4 / 10

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