I – the recent released Tamil film has been the talk of the town for years before it actually hit the screens. Now it is released for about 2 weeks and still the talk has been ongoing. Various mixed reviews all over but majority has given above average rating.
Same like everyone else, I (referring to myself, not the film…hehe) have been waiting ever since they started filming it. The expectations this film has created is beyond imagination. Every time a still or a news is released on it, it only made the curiosity increase. Now it is out, and I got the opportunity to watch it in the cinemas.
Yes! Before I mention anything, else just go watch this film in the cinema at least once. It deserves it for all the work that has gone into it.
For my readers who haven’t watched the film (WHAT!?? You haven’t watch the film?)…, the review below contains spoiler.
So one Saturday morning I walked in the cinema with super high expectations (can’t help it, the hype was created for years!), came out…still in confusion that something was not right. So the main thing in a film is the story and the screenplay. Lets begin with that.
STORY/SCREENPLAY – It was pretty predictable. I knew who the villain was right from his entry in the film. But what kept me wanting to watch more was how the revenge was taken and how he became like that. So maybe if it was less predictable and if the screenplay was a little racy and not too draggy it would have been much more gripping . …Hmmm Maybe…
DIRECTION – As we all know, Shankar the director is known for his grandeur. This was nothing less. But sometimes, I do feel that all effort and latest technology he uses just goes to waste in a song of 5 mins. I wish he would use such vision and execution for an entire film rather than just mere minutes in a film. I refer this to the Beast song. That Beast character was such a delight to watch and amazingly executed but sadly it only lasted minutes. Maybe, he could make another film with the Beast character…hehe. Shankar also picks the most insane but beautiful locations. No doubt in this film, you just pay a normal movie ticket price and you get to travel to exotic places in China that is rare and unknown. China government should pay Shankar for promoting tourism as after this film, many wants to visit China, and I am one of them.
CINEMATOGRAPHY – When Shankar picks such amazing locations, you definitely need an amazing Cinematographer to capture and present it to the audience. PC Sreeram has done exactly it. The visuals, the shots….WOW! Breathtaking visuals you will see in the film. I think this is the first time I watched only the scenery in the song Pookale even though Vikram! and Amy! was in it. Sorry, in this song, the scenery scored the most!
VIKRAM – After watching the film, I sat down and thought…if not Vikram then who? ….. Absolutely no actor came in my mind. This actor gives his heart, soul, body, sweat, blood to a character literally. But yes, once again I did feel a little disappointed when so much hard work went for the Beast and it was not utilised more than a song. Nevertheless, an effort worth appreciating. Vikram must and should get an award for this character portrayal.
AMY JACKSON – Girl crush activated! Hahaha! The first thing came to my mind, when it was announced that Amy Jackson would play the lead in ‘I’ and when I saw a still of her in a village outfit, I thought to myself – She is such a misfit. How did Shankar pick her? But today after watching the film, she is definitely the surprise package in the film. Her dedication, her handwork and pure beauty is transmitted so well on screen. Amy is also the one and only who could have done this role. She being a real life model, she had the perfect body language for it and not at any point it looked fake. And for a woman who doesn’t know any Indian languages, she actually lip sync THAT WELL….. all other Indian actresses should learn from her! It puts me off when I have to watch actresses who can’t even lip sync to the lines. And speaking of lines, Chinmayi who dubbed for Amy did brilliantly too. That part where she speaks the Madras Lingo…. applause!
MUSIC – AR Rahman – Pleasure! Nothing else, he has given a variety of music in this. Very international too, especially Ladio, i thought it was an English song and played it to my friends. Ennodu nee Irunthal and Pookale Satru Oivedu has amazing lyrics. Love them to bits.
SPECIAL EFFECTS – Make Up, Prosthetics, VFX, and what not that went into the making of this film, everything was beyond brilliant. Amazingly executed, and never before seen in a Tamil film. Thank you for bringing international standards to a Tamil film. Kudos to the producer who knows where to spend the money and Shankar who picked the best in the industry. The people who were behind this special effects, thumbs up to all of you. Believable and not a single element that looked fake. The hair on the body, the bee bitten body and face and Vikram’s look, everything to perfection. Will you all be entitle for Oscars? If yes, then the Oscar goes to…..YOU!
COSTUMES – The one department I always think Indian cinema needs to improve on but in this film I don’t have any qualms. They were all apt for the character, scenes and not one costume that made the character look ridiculous or made the audience want to look away. Well done!
ACTION – Different fighting techniques but SERIOUSLY?!! That long!!! If only all fight was trimmed, the pace would have been better. It was just going and going and going. Even though they are new, too long of it got me bored. The fight on the train was somewhat illogical. For a man in that form, he fights like a normal person. Hmmm….
(Edited in) – I totally forgot about the other amazing actors in the film. I loved Ramkumar especially. I wonder why he didn’t act all these years. Everyone else did their part to great conviction.
Overall, when I think about the film, the one thing I want to change is, cut out the length of the fights. 3 hours and 8 mins was just too long, even more when the film has too many breathers.
Well, that’s my review for the film. I will watch this movie again for the brilliance of acting, visuals and songs.
Note: all photograph courtesy of various websites from google.com