The Teacher Review | An Unimaginative Revenge Story With Radio Drama-Like Writing

The very first thing that puts you off while watching the new film The Teacher from Athiran fame Vivek is the dialogue. Co-written by PV Shajikumar and the director, The Teacher is a basic revenge thriller that struggles with bland writing and radio drama-like conversations. With its feministic narrative almost looking like bumper sticker captions,… Continue reading The Teacher Review | An Unimaginative Revenge Story With Radio Drama-Like Writing

Saudi Vellakka Review | A Tale of Compassion Built on a Fragile Foundation

The movie Saudi Vellakka intends to be in that feel-good zone of movies like Sudani From Nigeria, Kumbalangi Nights, etc., which explore the journey of human beings over the course of an event. But after the initial hilarious patch that follows the procedures in getting bail, the movie shifts its tone to an emotional journey,… Continue reading Saudi Vellakka Review | A Tale of Compassion Built on a Fragile Foundation

Qala Review | Unnunanced Writing Derails This Visually Compelling Drama

In one of the very first scenes in Anvita Dutt’s new film Qala, we have the lead character promoting a female journalist in a press conference dominated by men. Through that sequence, Anvita clearly states that gender politics is a clear agenda of this film. But having politics is not enough to make things connect… Continue reading Qala Review | Unnunanced Writing Derails This Visually Compelling Drama

Gold Review | An Uneven Yet Engaging Comedy With Alphonse Puthren Signature Elements

The filmmaking process of Alphonse Puthren has always been described as peculiar by all his collaborators as he improvises a lot on the sets and delivers something beyond the script. Krishna Shankar and Sharaf U Dheen have said in interviews that Alphonse is terrible at narration, and his movie shapes up in the editing table.… Continue reading Gold Review | An Uneven Yet Engaging Comedy With Alphonse Puthren Signature Elements

Shefeekkinte Santhosham Review | A Lazily Written Script With an Overdose of Goodness

The good-at-heart sacrificial hero who does everything for family and friends is a cliched character trope that we have seen a zillion times in Malayalam. At one point, everyone will question this character for something they never did. Anup Pandalam’s directorial debut Shefeekkinte Santhosham is one such story. The problem is that while most of… Continue reading Shefeekkinte Santhosham Review | A Lazily Written Script With an Overdose of Goodness

Aanaparambile World Cup Review | A Decent Kids Film With the Usual Underdog Template

Aanaparambile World Cup from debutant Nikhil Premraj isn’t trying anything astounding on a script level, as the story here is a very basic underdog tale that we all are familiar with. But the story’s setting is endearing as it features kids in prominent roles. With an okay story that covers the love for football among… Continue reading Aanaparambile World Cup Review | A Decent Kids Film With the Usual Underdog Template

Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee Review | A Wannabe Satire With No Aim and Too Many Subplots

At the tail end of the movie Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee, a voice-over talks about how all the recent murders that happened in Kerala, which were based on superstitions and black magic, are dragging us backward. The disjoint nature of that commentary made me wonder whether the movie’s makers added that to give a structure to… Continue reading Padachone Ingalu Kaatholee Review | A Wannabe Satire With No Aim and Too Many Subplots

Adrishyam Review | A Convoluted Mess With an Insufferable Flashback

In the first act of the movie Adrishyam, you get a feeling that we are dealing with two parallel investigations with certain common links. But by the time it reaches midway, the plot somewhat exposes everything it has. The second half is a massive load of backstory that is incredibly difficult to feel coherent. With… Continue reading Adrishyam Review | A Convoluted Mess With an Insufferable Flashback