Thursday, 7 September 2006

Vetaiyaadu Vilayaadu review...

Cast: Kamal Hassan, Jyothika, Kamalanie Jethmalaani and others
Direction: Goutham
Music: Harris Jeyaraj
Story: Search for a serial killer entwined with a love story and a simple flashback

The film doesn't start with a gethu intro for the Macho Police officer. It starts with a murder, a brutal one I must say. The movie moves on to show more murders and how the Intelligent Police Officer finally nabs the Criminals.

In the 2 police movies that Goutham has made so far, the only brilliant thing is that the Villain is intelligent. The villain is not some local goonda shouting the moment he wants to. But Goutham's villains are almost as intelligent as the hero himself. Of course the Hero being a tad more brilliant.

In VV Goutham takes care of the minutest of details giving the old Hollywood feel for the movie by keeping us updated of the time of each event. It's yet another Police officer flick, but then the way Goutham has handled the movie, so carefully, caressing every bit of it to avoid any kind of flaws or faults. I heard someone saying that as a participant, the flaws can't be noticed, but for an On-looker the flaws are very easy to notice. Goutham has been both a participant and an On-looker taking care not to make any kind of faults at all. For me, any movie with silly mistakes in them is like watching something that is half done. And surprisingly I couldn't find any mistake in this Movie. Hats off to Goutham for that aspect.

Kamal has done a commendable job as a Police Officer. If you are expecting some acting from him, sorry to say that you will be disappointed very much. Kamal has down very well but unfortunately there is not much of an acting scope in the role, at least not for Kamal. Jyothika as the lady love to Kamal has done a good job. Kamalanie jethmalani does a neat job of her miniscule role.

Coming to the villains, Goutham makes it a point to see that the villain is as much adorable as the hero himself. Be it Jeevan in Kaakha Kaakha or Amudha and Ila in VV, they have such an impact on the audience that they wouldn't want to forget them. That's because of the simple fact that the villains in Goutham's movies are intelligent.

A racy first half keeping the audience literally on the edge of their seats, but the 2nd half slows down the pace of the whole movie. An unnecessary Item Song, a kinda boring Love between the hero and the heroine and not enough information about the villains makes the movie just an average watch. The villains' sexuality still remains a puzzle. Kamal says they are homos but then they rape almost all of their victims, barring Prakash Raj of course. May be they are bi-sexual....still puzzling.

The problem with sequels is that these movies aren't compared with the other movies running at the theatres at present, but instead they are compared with their earlier versions. And that's where VV scores less. When compared to movies like Thimuru, SSUE and others, VV is awesome, but when compared to Kaakha Kaakha, it fails to keep up with the benchmark that Goutham created for himself.

Overall, a decent watch.


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