Mandakini Review | This Marriage Comedy Will Work if You Are Drunk as a Skunk

During the promotional interviews for his new film, Mandakini, actor-director Althaf Salim talked about how he is comfortable as an actor when there is space to improvise. Most of the acting gigs Althaf has done so far have not been annoying, as his soft-spoken counter dialogues only created laughter in the theaters. But in the case of Mandakini, the… Continue reading Mandakini Review | This Marriage Comedy Will Work if You Are Drunk as a Skunk

Thalavan Review | A Watchable Crime Thriller That Misses Out on the Wow Factor

The feel-good space has been the safe zone of director Jis Joy, and when he tried something different in Innale Vare, the response wasn’t that warm. Thalavan, his new film, a police investigation drama, is yet another attempt to crack a zone that Jis hasn’t explored. With two strong actors carrying their respective roles with the required heft,… Continue reading Thalavan Review | A Watchable Crime Thriller That Misses Out on the Wow Factor

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Review | An Exhilarating Spin-off That Lives up to the Legacy of the Franchise

The signature thing about George Miller’s Mad Max franchise is the fact that he jumps into the situation without really spoon-feeding the audience. The energy is enormous, and the movies have that collection of exhilarating events. It is actually through the certain minute details that we see during those set pieces we sort of understand that world and its politics. Furiosa: A Mad… Continue reading Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga Review | An Exhilarating Spin-off That Lives up to the Legacy of the Franchise

Turbo Review | The Climax Action CPR From Mammootty Is Not Enough to Elevate This Ultra-Generic Action Film

In the second half of the movie Turbo, there are multiple instances in which the various antagonists are sort of praising the tactics of the hero and his allies saying stuff like, “What a bloody cliche”, “classic” etc. The thing is, on the writing table, Midhun Manuel Thomas may have envisioned this as a theater erupting moment. But when it comes to execution,… Continue reading Turbo Review | The Climax Action CPR From Mammootty Is Not Enough to Elevate This Ultra-Generic Action Film

Gu Review | A Lackluster Horror Movie With Zero Efforts to Break the Cliches

Gu, the latest horror film from Malayalam, directed by Manu Radhakrishnan and produced by Maniyanpilla Raju, is a very generic idea, that tries to use the children’s movie texture more like an excuse. This haunted space drama is filled with all the familiar ingredients of a typical horror film, and what you eventually get is… Continue reading Gu Review | A Lackluster Horror Movie With Zero Efforts to Break the Cliches

Sureshanteyum Sumalathayudeyum Hrudayahariyaya Pranayakadha Review | A Cinematic Guinea Pig That Died Because of Over-Experimentation

There are some movies that wouldn’t work for you in totality, but you can clearly see the effort in it to bring out something fresh and path-breaking. Just like its unorthodox lengthy title, which can give nightmares to people who are concerned about SEO, Sureshanteyum Sumalathayudeyum Hrudayahariyaya Pranayakadha is a crazy experiment that has noble intentions. But it has tried… Continue reading Sureshanteyum Sumalathayudeyum Hrudayahariyaya Pranayakadha Review | A Cinematic Guinea Pig That Died Because of Over-Experimentation

Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil Review | A Breezy Marriage Comedy That Started off With a Blast and Ended With a Flare

When the trailer and teaser of Guruvayoor Amabalanadayil dropped, the only major concern in most people’s minds was whether the eccentricity one sees in the performance of Prithviraj would be in sync with the energy of the rest of the cast. Well, as soon as the movie begins and in the first 30 minutes itself, director Vipin… Continue reading Guruvayoor Ambalanadayil Review | A Breezy Marriage Comedy That Started off With a Blast and Ended With a Flare

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Review | Franchise Extension Done Through Timely Reinvention

The first three films in the Planet of the Apes franchise had an approach where we would be curious to know how things would evolve in a world dominated by the apes. Even though it showed all the power politics within the tribe, there was a layer of spectacle that drove us toward those films. But in the fourth film, Kingdom… Continue reading Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes Review | Franchise Extension Done Through Timely Reinvention