Kathakali Movie Review
When you have a movie with a title so powerful like Kathakali, it’s only natural for the audience to expect a roller coaster ride with lots of twists and turns. More so, when Vishal is the protagonist. “Children-Specialist” Director Pandiraj has turned towards the action genre with a unique approach of storytelling, which is laudable. But where the detailed costumes and defined gestures make the dance form so intense, this Kathakali movie fails to make an impact with its twists (there are quite a few in the end).
Vishal is back after the cop-thriller Paayum Puli to take on his enemies as a normal next-door-US-return bridegroom. With his marriage in just a few days, he gets pulled into a murder of a don in Cuddalore, and has to fight his way out. What happens next is told in a narrative that’s interesting. Catherine Tresa looks cute and the romance sequences do bring out some freshness in. Karunas tries to provide comic relief in a couple of scenes while the rest of the supporting cast act their parts without sticking out.
Though the movie is just a little over two hours, it feels longer no thanks to a first half that moves slowly to build a momentum towards the interval and a second that fails to keep it up.
Balasubramaniem’s cinematography looks top notch and brings out the various colours of situations aptly. Songs are written, composed and sung by Hip Hop Tamizha Aadhi and they seem to be repetitive of his previous works, especially with his own voice. Background score is better though.
Is it just us or does all Vishal films tend to have a similar tone in their story? Produced by Vishal Film Factory and Pasanga Productions, Kathakali may not have the intensity it promises in its title but does offer some thrill.