Aladdin

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Guy Ritchie is known for his signature wackiness in treating subjects.  When it comes to Aladdin, the new version from Disney featuring Will Smith as Genie, Ritchie does manage to squeeze in a peculiarity in treatment and that’s not at all an extremely eccentric one. The musical comedy manages to grow beyond the mark of a mere …




The Gambler

Aswin Bharadwaj S

I would call the Malayalam movie The Gambler a badly executed cunningly planned scam. The film aspires to (or makes us feel that it has such aspirations) tell a story about a young man who is constantly facing setbacks in his life. But at the end of a lot of random number of events, what …







De De Pyaar De

Aswin Bharadwaj S

At the core of De De Pyaar De, there is a unique and interesting topic of the age gap in marriages. In one scene Ajay Devgn’s 50-year-old Ashish explains his confusion about getting married to a 26-year-old Ayesha as he fears how problematic things will be just after 10 years. The disappointment I felt after …




John Wick 3

Aswin Bharadwaj S

The third outing of John Wick, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum has only ambitious plans in its agenda. And in that effort to expand the created reality, the movie manages to push itself further in all aspects. The spectacularly choreographed brutal actions sequences and a broader understanding of the character and this parallel dimension that …




Mr. Local

Aswin Bharadwaj S

M Rajesh is a director whom I think should only write dialogues and should never try to write a script. His scripts are terribly wayward. And because of some of the pop culture reference filled dialogues in his movies, we sort of tend to forgive him for the extreme laziness he shows in writing his …




Kuttimama

Aswin Bharadwaj S

Sitting through Kuttimama I was wondering how someone like VM Vinu became so unaware of the fact that Malayalam cinema has moved a long way from the days he made a Balettan or Vesham. Kuttimama is a pointless skit comedy that will make you wonder what in that story prompted Gokulam Gopalan to invest money …




Ishq

Aswin Bharadwaj S

The agenda of the movie Ishq is somewhere to create awareness about the emotional repercussions of the moral policing practice that has been making news and yet continuing in our state. What is truly impressive about this Anuraj Manohar directorial is the fact that it manages to go beyond the tit for tat justice pattern …