Sunday, March 02, 2008

anjAthE | அஞ்சாதே

After "chiththiram pEsuthadi" (சித்திரம் பேசுதடி), it is near bulls-eye for "Mysskin". He succeeds in portraying a morose, chilling and lawless world with unflinching disposition. My earlier gripe - namely, the need to go back to these themes - is still unchanged, but it is difficult to withhold admiration for his mastery in crafting the storyline.

Some comments (point 5 is a spoiler!):

  1. He could have avoided a repetition of the hero's personality from his first movie. His mannerisms - especially his body language when he gets angry draws directly from his earlier character
  2. New roles for pandiyarAjan and prasanna. The former shines. The latter doesn't do a bad job, but having seen him long as a chubby hero, this stark transition to a negative role doesn't fit that easily
  3. A shockingly high number of scenes are audaciously set without dialog. The director nearly pulls it off, but could have kept a few things in mind: Tamil audience is used to dialogs, especially teething punch dialogs :). May be he could have compromised a little! When so much scenes are moving on the strength of the screenplay only, the editing and BGM must support the flow. Editing could have been more taut. Some scenes are dragged out (climax drags to a whopping 45 mins or so). BGM - Sundar C Babu has done an admirable job in many places, but given the strict criteria, I was missing IR or HJ :)
  4. Movie length? (close to 3.5 hours - consider just two songs that fit quite well to the situation and no comedy track!)
  5. (Spoiler) When you get shot in a place where you really don't want it , there is no trace of pain on prasanna's face. He actually does his trademark sign off before he passes over... I don't think it will work in reality

Overall, I think it gives a great break to the hero and establishes the director as a "watch out for his next movie" guy! I probably won't watch this movie again for it's theme - but you have to give credit to talent when you see it! :)

My only request for him is to try new themes! (same request goes out to Bala and Gowtham) - take a leaf from MR or even karu.pazhaniyappan's (three different themes in three different movies) book!




My iCalibration for this movie is 80. iCalibration - this term is something I came up with to denote that this value is not a kinesiological calibration but an intuitive one. Since I am aware of both the material and the map, the value is inferred. Any folks who can cross verify with their self calibration are welcome to comment on this.

Reasons for the score: The trend of this movie is in general, apathy (50). Occasionally, there are inspiring moments, but overall, it is dull and chilling. In this context, there is really no reason to even watch this movie!

5 comments:

Raji said...

intha padam enakku pidikalai.:-(
yes the screen play and every other aspect were very good. the movie was very entertaining too.But few sceens were very vulgar and also you can see how perversive the director is or can be. when you handle topics or themes like this you need to be careful, becos cinema is a very powerful media. any parent who sees this film will not go to police after their daughter is kidnapped. And deepak you know what, I 100% believe (as a retired DGP's daughter) that TN police is much more efficientin the way they handle kidnaps, unlike what they have shown in the movie. Espe when police comissioners daughters r kidnapped they wont be so stupid like this.:-)...well the director should have done some research with the dept...if he is really a great director as he claim to be. Seems that he is very angry with someone...and showed that in this film thru all these scenes.

Deepak said...

Raji,
I can understand if you hate this movie. It is not so easy to like and it is quite morose too!
AnAl, intha treatment thamizh cinemAvukkum kattAyam puthusu.
I cannot validate your statement about TN police. Having first hand information, you may be right on that as well.

Raji said...

yes i agree...its a new treatment.infact i liked the movie while watching it. but later when i was recollecting some of the sceens, i got angry. :-)
unga blog suvaarasyamaai irukku

Raji said...

yes i agree...its a new treatment.infact i liked the movie while watching it. but later when i was recollecting some of the sceens, i got angry. :-)
unga blog suvaarasyamaai irukku

Deepak said...

Raji,
I can understand if you hate this movie. It is not so easy to like and it is quite morose too!
AnAl, intha treatment thamizh cinemAvukkum kattAyam puthusu.
I cannot validate your statement about TN police. Having first hand information, you may be right on that as well.

 
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