It was in the news for a long time because of its continuous postponement in release and finally STR’s new(old) movie Vaalu gets a release. With Simbu having a fair amount of screen presence, Vaalu is just a watchable comedy that has every highs and lows of a typical Tamil action comedy.
Sharp is this jobless young man (again!) who enjoys his life with his friends. He is a smart guy who is a twelfth fail. One day he suddenly sees an extremely beautiful girl and ya! He fell in love. The entire movie is basically Sharp’s various attempts to make Priya fall in love with him.
Simbu who has openly said that he is an Ajith fan uses those sentiments quite a lot in the movie to keep the proceedings exciting. From his intro to one unnecessary song, the Thala usage is quite deliberate. Surprisingly Santhanam had a limited space in the film and still Vaalu was engaging. Even though the story somewhere speaks about sentimental values and all, there is no real depth in the relationships visualized on screen. A few scenes are there where the overall humour works in favour of the movie. With Simbu being a presentable Velai Illa Pattadhari, the movie manages to be an average flick.
As I said, Simbu has that screen presence to be the jobless lover bad boy. With him delivering the comedy portion fairly nicely, the usual excessiveness of Santhanam wasn’t there. Hansika simply repeats herself. Santhanam was good and VTV Ganesh also did his part nicely. Unlucky Aditya got the character of an angry dumb villain.
Vijay Chander has made the movie using the typical formula. Comedy gets the main preference while action and sentiments goes over the top. The story doesn’t really have any conflicts when you look at how Sharp confronts the villain in a 2 minutes speech filled with forward sms logic. There were a few dialogues that managed to grab attention. The humor part was enjoyable especially in the second half. Cinematography and edits are just okay. The music with English-Tamil lyrics is somewhat peppy, but the placement of songs has no sense. The action is typical and over the top.
On the whole it’s a passable entertainer that uses the formula in an okay manner. The rating for Vaalu is a generous 2.5/5. It’s a scattered jokes package.
With Simbu having a fair amount of screen presence, Vaalu is just a watchable comedy that has every highs and lows of a typical Tamil action comedy.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended