With Asuran, Aadukalam and Polladhavan, Vetrimaaran has shown that he can take the constructs of a commerical film and make it his own. It is incredible to see the way a commercial film can be tweaked into something meaningful.
Where Jallikattu excels is in the way it plays with the audiences’ minds, be it in the common goal or the characters, your loyalty keeps shifting.
As for the film, this is one that goes beyond the Marvel/DC war. As a standalone film, it works as a remarkable showcase for what comic book films can be like.
Parasite is another fantastic entry into the filmography of a modern auteur and I can’t wait to see what Bong comes up with next. The emotions are right there but they aren’t shoved into prominence.
What we get is a different version of the director as he is able to focus less on style and more on substance. This works better in this setting for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is more about the feel of a place than it’s story.
Alexander Payne is one of my favorite directors working today. His Nebraska is a moving, funny and empathetic portrayal of old age that deserves to be cherished.
The good news is that there is enough in Jiivi to keep you hooked. What starts of slowly keeps building and building. And finally it ends with a bang and its not one that you will have been expecting.
Desiree Akhavan has made a moving, heartfelt film that doesn’t judge people on either side of the fence. It looks at people as people alone and doesn’t force an ideology upon them.
Go watch it and perhaps it might end up changing your perception of a lot of things. Is this is the film that is going to change the face of Tamil cinema? Probably no. Do we need more films like this? Absolutely yes.
It is unafraid to show us the grim reality that these icons operate in. It is not always pretty but more often than not, it is spectacular. It’s gonna be a long long time before we get a musical biopic this captivating.