Picks and Piques/ Snippet Film Reviews/10th Jan 2014/Johnson Thomas
Dedh Ishquiya( Hindi) : Rating: * * * The andaaz is shayarana but the tehzeeb and ada is missing. The urdu language heightens the romance but the casting just doesn’t give you that extra mile required. The shayaris are also a little too low brow to make the experience intriguing. The humor is chuckle worthy at best. Madhuri and Huma Quereshi are too low down on the ‘ada’ category. They look too well-fed and don’t have the kind of intensity or sauciness’ required to pull off their respective roles. Naseeruddin Shah and Arshad Warsi make a game of the double crossing con and Vijay Raaz lends his peculiar brand of villainy to make it just about watchable!
Yaariyan(Hindi): Rating: * * A zestful musical with a soul –stirring and peppy beat but no story to tell. Divya Khosla Kumar’s directorial debut is a designer outfit without the body to give it shape. Picture postcard visuals , skimpily clad college students and songs that get you humming, cannot a movie make!
Inside Llewyn Davis(English) Rating: * * * ½ Loosely based on the nearly forgotten folk-singer Dave Van Ronk (and inspired by his posthumous memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street), this Coen Brothers effort is brilliantly shot and enacted. It’s a soulful, unabashedly lyrical take on a talent that never could make it big! Definitely worthy of your patronage!
Grudge Match(English) Rating: * * ½ A sports comedy showcasing a grudge match between Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) once upon a time, the two biggest bruisers in the Pittsburgh boxing scene. The casting basically feeds on the legend of the two stars who have played Jake La Motta and Rocky Balboa respectively and made a meal of it too! Unfortunately, this none is no match for those classics. It’s merely pedestrian !
Kalyana Samayal Saadham (Tamil/English Subtitles)) Rating: * * * A Refreshing take on the nerve-wracking impediments that lead-up to a big fat south Indian wedding. Smart direction, Sparkling script, pleasant humor and sparkling performances make this worthy of a dekho!