Little Miss Sunshine Review

The greatest feeling a viewer can experience after watching a movie is feel thankful for every second of his existence leading up to the point where the ending credits roll, a thankfulness for being alive just to watch this movie. I felt it after The Shawshank Redemption the last I remember. Here I am, with tears in my eyes I swear to Nolan, writing about Little Miss Sunshine.

It is about a journey these six characters, all starkly different from the other, undertake to contest in a beauty pageant called ‘Little Miss Sunshine’. What ensues in this trip is complete mayhem and how the characters reconnect with each other after a huge dramatic twist. Each of these characters have such an inexplicable adorable vibe to them that I walked out of this movie wishing a stand alone movie for each of them.

Alan Arkin is mind-blowing as the swearing, heroine-snorting horny grandpa whose advice to his grandson Dwayne, an individual who has taken a vow of silence adhering to the principles of Neitzsche, is ‘fuck a lot of women‘. The ones offended by this is naturally the father of the boy, Richard, a man who is reminiscent of Walter from The Big Lebowski. While Walter’s mojo was Vietnam, Richard can relate anything in the world to a nine-step program he has devised for attaining success. In the midst of all this maelstrom is probably the cutest character of 21st century cinema, Olive Hooper played by Abigail Breslin, who with her rimmed glass and a heart-melting smile plastered a smile on my face throughout this movie.

This movie meant a lot to me personally because the underlining theme is about how failures make a man. Each of the characters here deal with unfulfilled dreams about aspirations and standard of living. Yet, as the movie progresses, the realization dawns upon how family always comes first, apparent from a climax which is as hilarious and heart-warming as any sequence in cinema can be.

My heart burst out with joy after watching Little Miss Sunshine. The opening shot is of Olive watching a beauty pageant and mimicking the actions of the winner. Tears rolled down my face with that very shot itself. That beautiful marriage of visuals, music and the innocence of Olive reminded me of those times when I pretended to win an Oscar. No moment in cinema has ever meant that much to me. It was a perfect shot.

RATING :- 9.5 / 10

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Badlands Review

Dear friend, I want you imagine a field with no end. So you start running in this field. You are running to get to its end, but as I said before, it has no end. So after hours and hours and hours of running, you stop because you start to realize there is no end to this field and well, because you have ran a hell lot. Simply put, you stop because you are TIRED and HOPELESS. Well, sorry for the spoiler, but I just described Badlands for you.

In Badlands, Terrence Malick sends of two individuals (they do not qualify to be called lovers) on a run, that later becomes apparent, both of them do not want to go on. At least, not with each other.

Cinematic plots are, in most cases, unrealistic scenarios if you take out the characters. This is because it is the characters and their convictions that give a viewer a desire to pursue the plot. In Badlands, there is a dreadful hollowness to every character. The crimes of Kit and Holly are shrouded by an inexplicable banality and their love for each other a mere farce. Yet, they carry along. Why ? We do not know. Worse, we never know.

As a cinephile, I know it is not fair to criticize a movie from the start to the end. I won’t disagree, although the movie is never intriguing, nor is it never boring and the cinematography is breath-taking.

However, honestly speaking, I cannot even think of loving a movie which starts and ends without a purpose. Halfway through the journey, even Holly admits she is wary of it. When the central protagonist herself has had enough of the journey, how the hell can anyone in their right mind expect a viewer to give a rat’s ass ?

From the moment it started till the moment it ended, Badlands left me devoid of any feeling. For me, that’s the worst kind of movie. I would prefer hating a movie rather than feel nothing about one.

RATING : 3.9 / 10

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3 Idiots Review

Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots is about how Farhan Qureshi (Madhavan), Raju Rastogi (Sharman Joshi) and Chatur Ramalingam (Omi Vaidya) go on a road trip to Shimla to search for their long-lost best friend Rancho (Aamir Khan) while Farhan recounts their epic tales of friendship at university, their feud with the head of the university Viru Sahastrabuddhi (Boman Irani) and Rancho’s romance with Pia Sahastrabuddhi (Kareena Kapoor) as they try to get through the ruthless education system of India.

Back when it released it 2009, I insisted to see it for two reasons – 1. It had Aamir Khan, who I adored deeply and still do for his work on Taare Zameen Par and, 2. It had Kareena Kapoor, who I had a great crush on and still do. And I went to watch the movie. The theatres where only playing 3 Idiots at that time, with the movie minting money like none other. We had to book the tickets a day ago, because of the movie’s immense popularity but the impact was felt by my young mind of 8 years only when I walked into the screening. Apparently, people had bought tickets to stand and watch the movie. The whole hall was literally packed with people , and there it began.

I can honestly say that the dialogues of 3 Idiots are second to none in the history of cinema. It felt like a Robin Williams stand up act. It moved at a unflagging pace, yet made us laugh our hearts out at every wit. At the time of its release, it was considered a social stigma to not have watched 3 Idiots with many of my friends going to watch the movie just because they couldn’t handle the insults hurled them for not doing so. That was when I could really experience the word-of-mouth promotions at its zenith.

I haven’t seen a movie which handles its themes as well as 3 Idiots. Which other movie can you name which goes from a song to next in 6 minutes and from a moment of absolute comedy to a heartbreaking emotional flair. Only one name comes to mind. Spielberg’s Jaws in which there is a scene in which a scene of comedy turns into absolute horror. Such accomplished is 3 Idiots. It works as a great satire, observing the flaws of the Indian education system under a microscope, going through the issues in a languid way, without forgetting its themes under its rapid fire comedy-riot.

The factor that made 3 Idiots such a great movie is its brutal stark realism, the way the characters talk, their body language, reminded me of my own friends. There isn’t a single dull moment in its long running time. Not one.

The performances by each actor is unforgettable. Although it had Sharman, Aamir, Madhavan and Kareena, the stand out is undoubtedly Omi Vaidya as Silencer. The direction by Hirani is superb. The way he conducts the entire movie is unbelievable. For a change in Hindi movies, the cinematography is fabulous. It looked pretty as a picture. The songs are stupendous, devoid of any Bollywood nonsense often attached to the songs churned out.

The bromance and romance are unbelievable. For the entire running time, we forget that Madhavan, Sharman and Aamir are on the screen, for us it’s Farhan, Raju and Rancho. The striking chemistry between Aamir and Kareena is unforgettable. There set the screen on fire whenever they are on screen and you really want to jump up and whistle when they kiss at last.

The way the movie depicts the flaws of ED of India is breath taking. They resonate deeply with everyone’s life and works just as a satire should. I loved it !

3 Idiots has a soul which maybe the purest it can be. I love it, I adorn it. You become the 5th friend among the gang as the story progresses. Whenever I watch it, it makes me want to fall in love, hug my friends, to excel and more importantly, love myself. 3 Idiots is a classic like no one other, but moreover, the movie is a friend of mine like none other.

Rating : 9.8 / 10

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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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Piku Review

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Shoojit Sircar’s Piku is about Piku Banerjee (Deepika Padukone) who lives with her father Bhashkor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachan). Bhashkor struggles with constipation and considers constipation as hazardous as cancer. Bhashkor unintentionally creates problems in Piku’s professional and personal life. Piku wants to sell her ancestral property in Kolkata but Bhashkor prevents her from doing so. To decide about this matter, Piku and Bhashkor go on a road trip to Kolkata with Rana Chaudhary (Irrfan Khan) driving them and also Budhan (Balendra Singh) accompaniying Bhashkor to assist him.

The actors dazzle in their roles. Deepika Padukone and Amitabh Bachan are so realistic in their roles. But the main attraction is Irrfan Khan, who with his controlled performance, infuses the much required energy into the movie. At a point, we even forget that these guys are acting.

The movie begins at a snail pace with scenes dragging on and all the jokes going flat. But, the movie picks up pace at the end of the first half and then it becomes a very entertaining and heart-warming movie. The movie also encounters some deeply philosophical questions such as ‘ Me may developing but we are doing so by uprooting our own roots. Then what is the use of such development ?’ The movie gives enough time for character development which has been absent from Bollywood for a long time. And the movie has brilliant dialogues and has one of the most befitting climaxes in Hindi cinema. We are given to draw up our own lines, which is very satisfactory.

It gives such a stark realistic view of the typical Indian family and has a brilliant layered screenplay. I recently received news that Piku will have a sequel and I am thinking of making a page called ‘PLEASE DON’T SPOIL THIS AND GIVE US CRAP’.

The cinematography and production design of this movie is radiant and is perfect for a family viewing.

Piku is a heartfelt movie which gives ample time for character development and also lives up to is layered screenplay which is further boosted by brilliant performances and is a must-watch.

Rating: 8.7/10

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