“Maari”… Some nice bits can’t save a grindingly ordinary movie

Haven’t had the chance to see Balaji Mohan’s (of Kadalil Sodappuvathu Eppadi and Vaai Moodi Pesavum) massy flick Maari yet. The coolest critic, Bharadwaj Rangan, reviews the movie here.

Baradwaj Rangan

Spoilers ahead…

Every young Tamil-film hero looking to become a super star (if not the Superstar) makes a film in which he plays a cop. That’s when he announces his ambitions of entering the big leagues. Enough with all this love from the urban pockets. I now want B- and C-centre adoration.Maari is Balaji Mohan’s announcement that directors can do this too. He wants to show the industry that he isn’t just the sweet guy who made Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi and Vaayai Moodi Pesavum. He wants to show he has chest hair. No more long, lyrical titles, please. Maari: one word, rhymes with massy. It’s the kind of film that would be fifteen minutes shorter if they removed all scenes with slo-mo strutting by Maari (Dhanush) – but if they did that, how would the excited boys seated ahead of me have gotten the opportunity…

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