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Massu Engira Masilamani (Masss/Rakshasudu) - Movie Review

Verdict - "A perfect Sixer from Venkat Prabhu and Surya, Entertaining all the way!" 

Massu Engira Masilamani, earlier titled as Masss is a supernatural comedy thriller directed by Venkat Prabhu with Surya in the lead enacting dual role. It has an ensemble list of cast including Premgi Amaren, Nayanthara, Pranitha, Samuthirakanni and Parthiban. 

Masilamani (Surya) known as Masss in his locality, along with Jet (Premgi Amaren) make their living by cheating bad people and escape with their money. During once such incident, they meet with a road accident. Masss barely escapes with injuries and when he comes back to his normal senses he finds that he has some special powers that enable him to see and communicate with ghosts. How does he use his power and what does this special grant lead him to forms the plot.   

Venkat Prabhu makes use of his trademark style in scripting this movie including his usual fun elements, sentiment and not to miss the unexpected twists. Despite the sluggish first half, the film has its brief moments post interval. With no big storyline, Venkat Prabhu makes sure everyone enjoys the film. 

Surya plays a dual role of entirely different shades and characters. Whether its body language or dialogue delivery, he shows the required variation and does his part with ease. 

Premgi as Jetli aka Jet had something interesting to do. Venkat Prabhu ensures that his brother has equal screen space and a solid role in this film. 

Nayanthara and Pranitha as the lady leads have nothing much to do but doesn’t fail to impress us with their looks. Certain scenes between Surya and Nayanthara in the first half seem to be forced and were mundane to watch. 

Others, Parthiban, Samuthirakanni, Riyaz Khan and people acting as ghosts add some drama and have done their given part well. 

Yuvan Shankar Raja keeps the film going with his grand background score. The opening song “Therrikudhu Masss” was highly enjoyable. “Poochandi” song was hilarious despite being a dark song. This song was a tribute to King of Pop Michael Jackson and Surya’s dance moves were apt and admirable. “Piravi” song in the second half is sure to move you emotionally.  

Being DOP Rajsekar and editor Praveen’s 25th and 50th film respectively, they have made the film technically rich. Praveen helps in making the film look racier with a crisp narration within 150 minutes. The film looks grand and beautiful through Rajsekar’s lens. VFX and CG stand as the backbone of the film. Though being gloomy in certain scenes, the overall VFX and CG works were commendable. 

Finally, Masss serves as a comeback for Surya after a disastrous experience with his earlier film. Venkat Prabhu had given a fairly satisfying film and he doesn’t forget to entertain us in his usual style.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining! With noticeable flaws)
 -By Nirmalraj aka AK (@Nirmalraj2911)

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Tomorrowland - Movie Review

Verdict - "A visual extravaganza."

Perhaps the concept of a futuristic world can be scary, will the humanity able to prevail or will their be an ominous end? Inquiring on a supreme pioneering outlook, Tomorrowland is directed by Brad Bird and stars George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Raffey Cassidy in the lead roles.

With an immense aspiration to travel to the stars, Casey Newton (a nerd who loves to explore intergalactic things) finds an unfamiliar pin in her personal items and when she attempts to touch it, she was taken to a whole new incredible ultra modern world out of the blue. 

Startled by the occurrences, Casey starts to investigate further details about the pin to a point where she meets Frank Waller, who happens to know everything about the pin and it's context.

Primitively, this movie is a brainteaser, mostly like a jigsaw puzzle that we need to solve simultaneously with the flow. And I applaud the screenwriters, Brad Bird, and Damon Lindelof for the maintaining the suspense for a good amount of time that made the viewer much more enthusiastic about the outcome.

But the most vital aspect while advancing the story or the suspense in the movie was the conclusion. It should appreciate the narrative and make the entire movie comprehensible. However, the third act was entirely unsatisfying for me as a viewer, as I never expected things to derail abruptly.

On a positive note, I can say that the originality and the presentation of the movie were mind-boggling. It was not a re-hashed material nor an adult novel adaptation, it was innovative and authentic by breaking new ground for many investigations.

The visuals were entirely enthralling and delightful to watch. And the quick glimpse at our offbeat future creates many memorable spectacles throughout the movie.

Performances from Britt Robertson and Clooney were commendable in the movie. Robertson brought a different side of her and proved that she can handle a complete movie without any distress. Raffey Cassidy is yet another stand-out star, as her performance was quite splendid.

On the whole, Tomorrowland is a visual masterpiece that presents a staggering spectacle about our incredible future. It was not up to scratch on a narrative standpoint but satisfies the viewer by displaying as an amazing extravaganza.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Tanu Weds Manu Returns - Movie Review

Verdict - "Kangana outperforms, Tanu weds Manu Returns is ecstatic and gratifying."

2015 is turning out to be yet another significant year for women with films like NH 10, Margarita With a Straw and Piku getting both critical and commercial success. After scoring a sleeper hit in 2011 and with soaring expectations, did Tanu weds Manu Returns live up to the hype or did it follow and align itself in the list of boring sequels?

After a miserable and a woeful four-year relationship, Tanu and Manu decide to split up into their own ways due to hatred and disgust. 

After coming back to India, Tanu decides to amend herself and reunites with her ex-boyfriend Raja Srivastav. On the other hand, Manu who was filled with disgust meets and become friends with Kusum, a fun-loving individual who looks identical to Tanu.

Screenplay always plays an important role for any sequel, it should be fascinating enough for the audience without causing any adversity and displeasure. Screenwriter, Himanshu Sharma made sure that the movie never loses its breath at least for the first half by filling it with few spry and enjoyable moments.

But, in the second half, the movie felt a little prosaic and mind-numbing with the perplexity factor and never found its place till the third act. 

However, the comedic aspect never felt inert in the movie, they're few hilarious one-liners and scenes that hit the home run and I appreciate the director, Anand L Rai for entirely adhering to the genre.

Kangana Ranaut prolonged her dominance throughout the movie, the diversity she brought into the two characters (Tanu and Kusum) was something unique and refreshing to watch as she continued to be the superior star in the movie.

Yet again, Madhavan proved to be a likable character in the movie and Deepak Dobriyal as Pappi completely stole the show.

Altogether, barring few uninteresting scenes in the movie, Tanu weds Manu Returns is an ecstatic and a gratifying sequel and stands out as one of the best comedies of 2015. Once again, I can undeniably say that Kangana Ranaut is the queen of Bollywood.

My Rating - 3.25/5
Grade - B (Entertaining with few noticeable flaws)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #23 (Bombay Velvet)

Anurag Kashyap's - "Bombay Velvet"

Positives
1) Performances
2) Production work and Set design
3) Music

Negatives
1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Characters

Introduction: Amid of enormous expectations, Bombay Velvet is purposed to be a blockbuster movie and with all the right elements it converted into a complete bummer. 

Plot: Established by a non-exclusive storyline, which concentrates on the main characters -- Johnny Balraj and Rosie and their adversity in life, the futile screenplay was the most sluggish feature in the movie as it felt tedious to watch.

Analysis: But on a positive note, the production work and the set design in the movie was marvelous and is presented gorgeously on-screen.

Performances: Despite their weak characters, performances from Ranbir, Anushka, and Karan Johar were splendid, but their honest efforts didn't feel adequate for a substandard movie.

Verdict: Nevertheless, Bombay Velvet is a missed opportunity on every standpoint that completely deserves its failure both critically and commercially. Feel happy to skip it!

My Rating - 2/5 | Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #22 (Mad Max: Fury Road)

George Miller's - "Mad Max: Fury Road"

Positives:
1) Story
2) Screenplay and Direction
3) Performances
4) Action sequences
5) Practical stuntwork

Introduction: After nearly 30 years of anticipation, Fury Road delivers a high-octane stupefying spectacle in a mind-boggling way and is arguably one of the best action movies made in this decade. 

Story: The storyline is facile and follows the narrative of Max and Furiosa, as they fight for their lives and defy against the evil warlord Immortan Joe. 

Analysis: George Miller's impressive illustration of an astounding action movie with all the death-defying practical stunt work, ruthless imagery, and virtuous emotion enlightens the contemporary cinema about how an action movie should be made. 

Verdict: Overall, Fury Road is the perfect action movie that we've been waiting for years, it is an incredible jaw-dropping experience in a movie theatre that cannot be missed by any chance.

My Rating - 5/5
Grade - (My #1 Recommendation!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Instant Movie Review #21 (Lion)

Satyadeva's - "Lion"

Positives:
1) NBK's performance
2) Dialogues
3) Sub plots

Negatives:
1) Screenplay and Direction
2) Music
3) Dim-witted villain

Story: Disoriented mentally with two different characters, the main narrative commences with Bose (NBK) struggling to find his real identity after recuperating from a major head injury which connects to his past.

Directions and Screenplay: Debutant director, Satyadeva's screenplay is surely my major concern about the movie, his distinct approach felt unique with all the subplots, but the exhilarating factor was totally missing in the first half and the second half has been just a bummer.

Performances: This movie is undeniably a one man show, NBK's over-the-top dialogues, and his outrageous performance certainly established the movie really well and his compelling screen presence was always fun to watch.

Verdict: Altogether, Lion missed out all the core ingredients of a solid family entertainer and you may have to think twice before taking this roller coaster ride.

My Rating - 2/5
Grade - C (Meh! Probably a rental)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal)

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Piku - Movie Review

Verdict - "An Amusing Wholesome Entertainer."

Portraying her gallant and humane character, Piku (Deepika) works for an architecture firm in New Delhi and she spends her leisure time with her sick aging father Bhaskor Banerjee (Amitabh Bachchan) who has a severe constipation problem. Subsequently, Bhaskor reveals his wish to visit his hometown and requests Piku to make the arrangements. Left with no alternatives, Piku plans for a road trip which is suitable for her dad's comfort. Will the road trip turn out well?

Writer, Juhi Chaturvedi (known for her works in Vicky Donor) did a spectacular job by allowing the audience submerge into these light-hearted conversations the characters in the movie share and made sure that the movie looked unorthodox with its approach. The dialogues felt candid and the analytical style that she chose to approach felt original and unique.

On the other hand, the movie had a lot to prove when it comes to the democratic side of people and conveyed a vital message about how children should take the responsibility of their parents.

Also, the characters in the movie have been illustrated very well by the writer, giving them a unique and a distinct persona which is very relatable to a common man. And the portrayal of these characters by the main leads in the movie was flawless. Deepika had to take the responsibility as the captain of the ship and she embraced her character to every extent and represented it with ease.

Amitabh Bachchan's campy humor stands out as the most compelling aspect in the movie as it felt very upfront and sharp and he was immersed into his character as he was completely out of his comfort zone with his personality and charisma. Irrfan Khan felt like a good supporting character and got the time to share few of hilarious scenes in the movie.

Overall, Shoojit Sircar never fails to deliver a fascinating movie when it comes to comedy with a light touch of generosity. Piku delivers on every aspect by adapting a silly and an effortless concept and converting it into gold. It felt neoteric and wholesome in this contemporary world. Don't miss it!

My Rating - 3.75/5 | Grade - B + (Highly entertaining!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM (@SuryaKomal) | Website's Twitter Handle - @JustMovieFreaks

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