Petta almost feels like a greatest hits collection at time. You are sitting in the movie hall astonished by what this man and only this man can do. I have seen films from all over the world but there is a certain kind of happiness that only Rajnikanth can provide.
Given the quality of Wildlife, I am happy to learn that Paul Dano has intentions of directing another film based on a family. If the result is anywhere near as good as this, it is going to be a treat to watch. I think you should give this film a try for it has one of the best acting performances of 2018 and also it is a good film.
It would be safe to call the films of Yorgos Lanthimos a bit of an acquired taste. Personally, I love his films and the way they are made but there are many who might be put off by how ‘weird’ it is. The Favourite is ultimately a film about power and more importantly love and to be honest, I loved it.
Though the two male leads do a really good job, the film clearly belongs to Taapsee’s Rumi. She is without a doubt one of the more interesting characters to come out of Hindi cinema in the recent past and it is hard to think of anyone else in that role. The way she buzzes around with this crackling energy is a sheer joy to watch. She internalizes the character to such an extent that every time we see her on screen, we only see Rumi.
Though it is already on Netflix, I was one of the lucky few who got to see it on a big screen. And I am so thankful that I did. While Cuaron the director is in top form here, it is Cuaron the cinematographer that has pulled of something incredible. When technique and emotion combine to produce art, what you get is Roma.
This is the kind of film that I keep going back to every year. This film shows how good a director GVM can be as he is weaving what can only be described as poetry. This is the film that shows what Surya is capable of as an actor and he brings out his full range. The film is excellent on a technical level and works wonders on a narrative basis as well.
All of this is just my way of saying that Support The Girls does this, which makes the film enjoyable and affecting, to me at least. This is the not the kind of film that will draw big numbers at the box-office but hopefully, it will have a small following. Regina Hall is undoubtedly the standout actor in the film. The true triumph of the film is that it deals with a lot of heavy topics but never loses sight of the humor.
We have seen a lot of gangster films in Tamil cinema but what sets Vada Chennai apart from the rest is the authenticity of the setting and the focus on plot and characters. Where we might traditionally get a protagonist who will get many ‘mass’ scenes, what we see here is that he is a just another cog in the wheel. This helps elevate the film and makes it resonate with the audience. Vetrimaaran shows how good a director and writer he is. Until we get see the whole story of Vada Chennai it is a little hard to make up our minds but the bar has been set very high. If the second and third part manage to match up to the intensity and intrigue of the first, we will have a trilogy for the ages. Tamil cinema has been having an amazing past couple of months so the only thing I have to say to the filmmakers and the crew is thank you.
It shows us a love story that is of a particular era but has moments that are universally relatable. And, this is one film that is beautiful in many ways. That includes the performances, direction, writing, cinematography and of course, the music.
As for Chekka Chivantha Vaanam, there is a lot to talk about. It ranges from the technical details to the scenes that made it and some that should have made it. But one thing was clear to me seeing the film, this is Mani Ratnam reinventing himself.