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Movie Review: The Walk

Note: The post has spoilers, but it wouldn’t matter. Just go on and read it. The movie will be awesome anyway.

The plot of the movie is very straightforward. Philippe Petit, a high-wire artist, sets on a mission to tie a tight rope between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, and walk over it; 110 storeys above the ground.

“I know it’s impossible. I’ll do it anyway”.

The movie is based on a true story. The story of Philippe Petit, a French high wire artist. Read about him here. I was dumbstruck by the fact that someone even dared to think about trying out this daredevil act of walking on a tiny rope across the twin towers. 1300+ feet above ground level.

Joseph Gordon Levitt, it seems, has portrayed Philippe to perfection. His portrayal of Philippe + the background score + the camera angles seal the show. 3D experience is meant for movies like these.

When Philippe takes his first step on the tight wire, you start to freak out at your seat. The experience is so real; like almost first person. And it’s not just the visual effects. The movie has a great underlying theme.

No matter how crazy your dream is, no matter what people say about it, no matter how many ever obstacles come your way, if you’re well prepared, up for it and give it your best, there’s no one stopping you from living your dream.

Had Philippe lost a footing on the rope and slipped his way to death, he’d have been deemed “foolish” for trying out such a foolish impossible illegal act. But because he believed he could succeed and eventually did, he’s a part of History now.

Read about him. Philippe Petit. He planned this act for six years. Yes, six years. He was fully and truly obsessed about it. He practised day in and day out, in all conditions. He faced countless obstacles while planning and executing his mission. Any normal person could have given up at any stage. But that’s what legends are made of. They don’t give up on their dream, no matter what.

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Movie Review: Maari

One consolation of watching Maari is the realization that there’s at least one person apart from me who likes to roam around wearing flowery shirts.

Dhanush in & as Maari

Dhanush in & as Maari

I became a Dhanush fan in 2011 after watching Aadukalam. I liked few of his earlier movies too, including Polladhavan, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Thiruvilayadal Arrambam and the likes. With 3, Mayakkam Enna and VIP, he was right up there in my list after Rajni, Kamal and Ajith.

Maari is however proof to the fact that if you choose the wrong script, there’s no point acting your heart out. Something which Thala Ajith does a lot.
Some thoughts about the movie I tweeted right after watching the movie, below.

Movie Review: Kochadaiiyaan (No spoilers)

When Rajinikanth says (in Twitter), “I am sure you all will enjoy the movie (Kochadaiiyaan) in the theatres”, he means every word of it.

Rana & Kochadaiiyaan

Rana & Kochadaiiyaan

He’s always maintained he had wanted to do a “Raja kaalathu kadhai” all his life. A motion-capture animation film will serve as a consolation for his wish.

I watched the movie in Gurgaon, at least 2000 km away from Tamil Nadu, Rajnikanth’s territory. Still, the ear deafening noise when the title card read “Super Star Rajini”, wasn’t missing. This man’s got die-hard fans all across the country world.

Firstly, kudos to Soundarya R. Ashwin and her technical crew for the wonderful product they’ve come up with. Other than Sarath Kumar (in certain scenes), all other animated characters more or less resembled their human counterparts.

Rana

Rana

The story has got it all – comedy, vengeance, romance, action, heroism, etc. KSR has done a wonderful job with the screenplay, with certain turnaround of events catching the audience off guard.

The audience were in for a surprise when one of the late comedians (arguably the best in Tamil Cinema), was bought back to life in the movie. He’s also played a significant role in the movie.

Rajnikanth of course, is the real star. The demeanour, voice and attitude of Rana and Kochadaiiyaan (the two characters played by him) are completely different. The introduction scene of Kochadaiiyaan in the second half with the grand trumpeting and “Maasil Veenayum” running in the background HAS to be one of the best introduction scenes for an animated character.

Now, I have nothing much to say about the Legend, ARR. Only he can manage to set high standards for himself and surpass it every single time. The songs have been doing the rounds for a couple of months, but Rahman scores big with his re-recording. His background score is arguably the biggest plus factor for this movie. __//\\__

AR Rahman and Rajnikanth unite for the sixth time

AR Rahman and Rajnikanth unite for the sixth time

I wouldn’t say Kochadaiiyaan kept me gripped to the corner of my seat, for the full 120 odd minutes; but it had all the elements of a Thalaivar movie which makes it a must watch on the big screen. Was definitely worth the long wait!

Enjoy the Legend of Kochadaiiyaan on the big screen, if you haven’t already.

The wait for the sequel has begun.

Movie Review: Paradesi

No spoilers

After watching Bala’s Paradesi, I was reminded of Ajith‘s dialogue in Citizen: Idhu kadhai illa; Karuppu sariththiram

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“Kamban veettu kattu thariyum kavi paadum”.

On similar lines, looks like Bala can make anyone act. Having said that, due credit must be given to Atharva for his commendable performance as Raasa, an ingenuous villager. Almost all actors have done justice to their roles, however small it may have been.

Other than Bala’s strong story, the two things that set Paradesi apart are Cinematography and Vairamuthu’s lyrics.

GV’s music adds value to the visuals but all tracks sound very similar on first hearing. Costume designer has deservedly got the National Award; the costume of Raasa, especially, made of Jute enhances his characterization.

There’s not one hint of any commercial element in the movie. Raasa is not the hero. He is just one of those hundreds of villagers who’d fallen for the bait. The story is just narrated from is point of view. Even if another random villager had been chosen, his suffering and anguish would have been quite the same. That is where I feel this movie stands out.

At a point when the narration says, “48 days later”, you are instantly able to empathize with their journey for those 48 days. Bala has succeeded in bringing that connect between the audience and the movie.

I cannot comment on whether this is Bala’s best ever, because I’ve not seen all his movies fully. But I can say that 50 years down the line, Paradesi will still be remembered for documenting a dark chapter in Indian History in an immaculate manner.