Anomalisa Review

Charlie Kauffman is one of those rare gems still making movies that make a case for cinema being the greatest of all art forms. His latest feature Anomalisa is another addition to his esteemed work. It is an animated feature, but is more realistic than most of the dramas I have seen throughout my lifetime.

Micheal is an inspirational speaker who is tired of his mundane existence. Everyone he meets looks and sounds the same. Change ushers in with a chance encounter with Lisa, a lively woman.

This is probably the funniest movie Charlie Kauffman has ever written, and yes, most of the fun comes from the fact that everyone in this complex tale of human existence and loneliness is a puppet. There is extremely witty one-liners. Take for example the letter Micheal reads in the beginning from his ex-girlfriend ‘Dear Micheal, fuck you. How could you just leave after all that fucking fucking ?‘. That is real humor, which springs at you spontaneously and leaves you spellbound with its wit as well as intelligence.

The animation featured is not as a gimmick. Although I believe it is used primarily for the narrative purposes since most of the characters have the same face, it helps in treating this as a true love story. Take the love-making scene which would have otherwise just have been plain erotic if it had been done with live actors. Animation brings a humor and an odd cuteness to it.

The script, as expected is weirder than expected. One of the most mind-blowing scene features Micheal being called to meet the manager of the hotel. Forget the hilarious dialogues, rarely have I laughed so much at the production design. It is a masterstroke of genius.

Anomalisa has an abstract plot of sorts, and I would be lying if I say I comprehended it all. But, I comprehended enough to know what was going on and care deeply about these characters. And that was more than enough for me. I fell in love with this movie.

RATING : 9.3 / 10

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Room Review

Room confines us in a setting reminiscent of Plato’s myth of the cave. The confines of this space are shared by Joy and her son, who have been help captive in that room for seven years. Room is one of the most extraordinary tales to have been captured in film for it is a celebration of life like none other.

But the real struggle begins when they are free. We see Jack and Joy wading through a world as alien it can be to them, and starting to appreciate even the hellish life they lead in that shed called the Room. The movie is adapted from the book of the same name, which was loosely inspired by a real incident of the same nature, making this one of those rare cases where the truth is far more powerful than anything the imagination can invent.

Brie Larson is mesmerizing as Joy. Her performance brings about a honest brutality to her character missing in cinema since Charlize Theron graced the screen in Monster. Lenny Abrahamson creates extremely complex characters in the form of Joy and Jack, for they both form the emotional backbone of this movie. He materializes a beautiful mother-son relationship where both characters plunge into emotional distress, with only the thoughts of the other one helping them sail through.

Room creates an atmosphere through its deliberate slow-pacing to let the us, the viewers, soak in the same emotions Jack experiences when a whole world is thrown out to him, a world seemingly endless in comparison to his 11 ft × 11 ft existence. The scene in which Jack finally sees the world is one of the greatest moments in cinema, which in any given day, would give a stiff competition to the scene where Pandora surfaces on the screen in Avatar.

Room is one of those unforgettable experiences one cherishes long after the movie ends and is without a doubt, one of the greatest movies ever made.

RATING : 9.5 / 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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Ennu Ninte Moideen Review

R.S.Vimal’s Ennu Ninte Moideen is about the real life love story of Kanchanamala and Moideen which took place in the 1960’s.

First of all, I took a hiatus from writing here because I was busy with studies and a crush. And to take my mind off both I decided to watch a movie. And this was the only one I had which I already hadn’t watched. So I decided to watch it. Never ever watch this one when you are trying to take your mind of your crush. Never. Ever.

Ennu Ninte Moideen is a somber, slow period piece masterfully constructed by R.S.Vimal. The movie explores the theme of the forbidden love between individuals of two religions and the stigma faced by them. It is masterfully constructed by R.S.Vimal.

The performances are mind-blowing. No actor could have played the role of Moideen except than Prithviraj. No one. This is a mind-blowing performance. But he is undoubtedly overshadowed by the performance from Parvathy as Kanchanamala. Those eyes !

The score is beautiful. The cinematography is fabulous. Check out the lighting in the scene where Moideen climbs up the window to talk to Kanchanamala and the scene where he walks home after the staging of his play. The editing is a little bit sloppy. There were many scenes which could have taken out. These scene hindered drastically the progress of the movie.

When I switched on the movie, there was cheesiness in abundance in the first segments. I thought in my mind, this is gonna be a good film, but not a great film. But as it progressed, it remembered me of Ang Lee’s Life of Pi. It explores a theme so minimal that is unthinkable as the core of a movie. But the movie is so beautifully and emotionally constructed that the intimacy brought by the kissing and lovemaking scenes in Hollywood movies is radiated by a simple hand touch between Moideen and Kanchanamala. It leaves you with moist eyes.

The movie is depressing, not because how it ends, but because of the magic it is interwoven in. Two lovers waiting for each other’s companionship throughout their life. It makes you yearn for such love, just as Fight CLub makes you yearn for a freedom from our mundane lives. It is a fantasy movie, which gives us an experience of the implausible reality, and makes us regret our life. In short, trying to get over my crush has become unthinkable. And that is why watch Sid and Nancy. You will love the end !

   Rating : 9 / 10

Oru Vadakkan Selfie Review (No Spoilers)

G.Prajith’s Oru Vadakkan is about Umesh Manohar (Nivin Pauly), Shaji (Aju Varghese) and Thankaprasad (Neeraj Madhav) whose daily routine consists of just drinking, having fun, watching movies, and trying to woo girls. For them, it’s all fun and no work. When Umesh’s father tries to force him to join him at his grocery shop, Umesh runs away from his home and gets on a train to Chennai where he plans to pursue a career in film-making. While on the train he meets Daisy (Manjima Mohan) a girl from his village. While all his attempts to woo her fail, he takes a selfie with her without her knowing and sends it to Shaji who spreads around the information that Umesh has run away with Daisy to Chennai to get married. When Umesh returns from Chennai, he gets to know about the lies Shaji has spread and threatens to expose him to the public. So, Shaji accompanies Umesh to another trip to Chennai to find Daisy, where they meet Jack Tracker (Vineeth Srinivasan), a private detective. They hire him and soon they find Daisy, but then, they  uncover a web of lines and a road trip across Tamil Nadu is set into motion to uncover the truth behind this.

By the way I have described the plot people will think it is embedded with spoilers, that is why I informed beforehand that this review is depraved of spoilers. If you have read the whole plot synopsis I have typed, then your basic perception will be that this is some cliche ridden Malayalam with no heart. Believe me, it’s not !

The story begins as it should. As an entertainer. Making us acquainted with its hilarious and unique style was a great move. Very very unique is this movie. Nivin Pauly is natural. Everytime I see him on screen, I forget he is acting. He is the Hugh Grant of Indian cinema. If you go look up Hugh Grant’s Wikipedia page, the following is the description about the actor :-  ‘Hugh Grant approaches his roles like a character actor and attempts to make his acting appear spontaneous. Hallmarks of his comic skills include a nonchalant touch of irony or sarcasm and studied physical mannerisms as well as his precisely-timed dialogue delivery and facial expressions.’

Isn’t that exactly how you would describe Nivin Pauly ? In my opinion, Hugh Grant is one of the greatest actors ever born, and Nivin Pauly is well on the road to become one. Many people may stereotype him. Say that he just does the same thing over and over again ? But everytime he does it, isn’t he well under the skin of his character ? Dialogues are nothing but things that we say ever day. But the way he presents them in such a spontaneous way and with perfect timing ! It doesn’t err in a single scene. It is always enjoyable too see him in the same character over and over again.

Aju Varghese is another person is this movie who has super comic timing. He is in for the fun, and like hell does he give it to the audience. He is superb. Manjima too is very good. Vineeth Srinivasan is not perfect in his comic timing in this movie. I later came to understand that he is made for dramatic roles, not comic ones. This is very apparent in the later half of the movie, when it exposes its emotional core.

MY ROUTINE TOMORROW :

6 : 00 – WAKE UP

6 : 17 – GET OFF THE BED

6 : 25 – START TO BATHE 

6 : 45 – WAKE UP FROM SLEEP IN THE BATHROOM

7 : 10 – GET READY FOR SCHOOL

7 : 15 – CLIMB THE SCHOOL BUS LIKE TOM CRUISE IN ROGUE NATION

7 : 20 – STRANGLE MY FRIEND FOR SAYING THAT THIS MOVIE’S CLIMAX SUCKS

As the movie began, everyone around me was like this is the same shit over and over again. Everybody thought this wasn’t going to end well. A great man once said ‘To say a message, be funny and not gritty’. Since, that quote sucks so badly, you have surely figured that it was said by me, but it holds truth for this movie.

Engaging is the only word that I can use too describe this. It takes its time to set up things considering it is so complicated on paper. And then it begins. Oru Vadakkan Selfie is just like ice in its nature. Ice melts from solid to the form it actually was before, a liquid. This movie is in its heart a drama, it is just given shades of comedy. The hilarity starts to wane off gradually, but still keeps the audience engaged with its occasional one-liners.

And this movie also acted as a litmus paper for judging many of my friends, because it proved many of them are idiots. Almost all of them hated the ending. Why ? Because they can’t appreciate something which has a meaningful end. A socially-prevalent message had crept into this movie without our knowing and is conveyed beautifully in the movie’s climax. And for the first time, the leads don’t get together. It brings such maturity to the table unseen in Malayalam cinema for a very very long time. And the cinematographer deserves a special mention because the movie is visually arresting.

While being a successful comic caper, Oru Vadakkan Selfie is in its heart a beautiful mature drama which delivers a very strong message to the audience at the climax without downplaying it in any way and is definitely a must-watch.

Rating : 9.3 / 10

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