May 6, 2014

Movie Reviews: 7th Day and Ring Master

Aaaah, it feels so good to be back. I find that when we have a tour planned way ahead of time, my routine life just goes into suspended animation. I don't feel settled enough to pursue any of my regular activities and am always thinking, planning, packing and this becomes worse in the week preceding the actual trip. Besides there is DH who wants to explore all avenues of possible things to do and asking me to research the same. I have to use all my power just to restrain his enthusiasm or he would have us return from the trip all fagged out! 

But yes, we managed to watch two movies the weekend before we traveled. One was purely for the kids; you guessed it:  Ring Master. Dileep's latest should be taken only in that spirit so that you can avoid having any high expectations. We had a bunch of our neighbors' kids too in our entourage and they had a good time. There are any number of reviews online that say that the actor has used this movie to get back at his estranged wife. Please be advised that it is ONLY a marketing stunt to attract more people to this movie. 

7th Day: Kudos to Prithviraj for choosing to back this debutante director's movie. Syamdhar shows promise as a director. Akhil Paul's screenplay has some lacunae, but is still strong. There is an emphasis on slow motion sequences and extremely controlled dialogue delivery with punch lines popping up everywhere. But aside from all that, it has a very good thriller feel although I did predict the climax 10 minutes before it happened. Sujith Vaassudev (boy, is he into numerology or what) does excellently well with a camera - turning even a morgue into a wonderful piece of cinematic scenery. Tovino Thomas gets another good role, Vinay Fort, Anu Mohan, Janani Iyer - all pass muster. Definitely good for one watch. 

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