“It’s fairly simple to understand why huge tentpole filmmakers, who usually indulge in extraordinarily massive blockbusters, are more famous and widely known than directors whose careers are defined by festival circuits, for instance. It’s impossible to be up-to-date as to everyone who has made, is making or will soon make a film. There’s just not enough time, and information is not always that easy to obtain.”
It was with utmost desperation and fear that I decided to see X-Men: Apocalypse.Exceeding the expectations,the film was an entertaining tale as well as a grandeur reinterpretation and introduction of major characters.I even got to see the cameo of Stan Lee with his wife.A fter the conclusion of film,I was confused by the reviews that drove me to be in prejudice.Look thhe below statistics:
By Rotten tomatoes standards,Apocalypse is supposed to be as twisted and sub-par as Ben Affleck’s Daredevil film.Even BvS:Dawn of Justice is supposed to be a complete disaster even worse than Ben Affleck’s Daredevil film.The truth is that Apocalypse and BvS is way better than the Daredevil flick.Why is this incredible lack of clarity in our reviews aggregators?
Yesterday out of sheer boredom,I invested myself to watch a malayalm film called ‘Monsoon Mangoes‘ directed by Abi Varghese(Akkarakazhchakal
fame).To my astonishment,the film was actually a good cinematic venture pointing out themes of existense,passion,meaning of life and fame.It is a wonderfully crafted movie with colorful frames and committed acting.
Story at a glance
The film focuses on the life of a struggling director DP Pallikkal(Fahad Fazil) and a forgotten film star Premkumar(Vijay Raaz) who is ironically called the evergreen star of Bollywood.Together with close friend and Premkumar,DP decides to direct his debut film namely ‘Moonsoon Mangoes’.
1.Vijay Raaz’s portayal of the alcoholic and forgotten superstar Premkumar
2. Colorful cinematography,art direction and costume selection showing off the glimpses of the now-flourishing American dream.
3. Nandhu’s acting
4. Ed Wood type central character.
5. Fahad’s screen presence and acting except in certain comedy scenes in which his actions goes overboard or inappropriate.
Could have been better sides
1. Central focus of story should have been Premkumar
2. Side plots were not engaging
3. Inconsistent pacing and loose screenplay
4. Characters other than Premkumar donot show any depth or life in them(except Nandhu).
On the whole,it was an average fare with some entertaining scenes and show stealing acting from Vijay Raaz.I did check my watch sometimes and till the very end,i felt the movie was just one among the average entertainment spawned with Fahad Fazil.But it is after the very climatic dialogue from DP Pallikkal,I began to ponder about the central theme of the film.There are people like us who knows that our life is more than our baked routines and money.There is an extra mile which we all wish to walk but neither have the talent nor the luck to pull off that extra mile.Eventually the film is a dedicated to those people and their life -An eventual parable of third kind.