New Delhi: There is little to look forward to at the movies this week.
Horror film 1920 London, starring Sharman Joshi and Meera Chopra and directed by Tinu Suresh Desai, is torture, says Gulf News, quite simply. The third instalment in the 1920 series exhausts every cliche that has been regurgitated in Bollywood love stories as corny dialogues and sappy songs, with lovers dancing around in picturesque locations, make you nauseous.
Sunny Leone-starrer One Night Stand, directed by Jasmine D’Souza, suffers because of a weak script, says Bollywood Hungama. The basic plot and concept are fairly interesting but do not translate into an engaging narrative. The film rides on Leone’s shoulders, whose sincere efforts in putting up a good performance, show.
Hindi thriller Traffic, starring Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill and Divya Dutta and directed by late Rajesh Pillai, has no stars but only actors which works to its advantage, says Bollywood Life in an initial review. The film starts off slowly but soon shifts into thriller mode and engages particularly with its emotional moments.
For Hollywood fans, Marvel’s superhero film Captain America: Civil War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson, comes to India this week. Vulture.com calls it a busy but uninventive blockbuster. A hodgepodge, with action sequences handled by sundry effects, factories working in sundry styles, Marvel seems to have created a universe teeming with superheroes who simply don’t have enough to do.
The Guardian adds that keeping track of who’s who in this superhero multipack poses a challenge, but the screenplay packs a powerful punch. While memorising who is in which of the colour-coded, armour-plated exoskeletons can be challenging, the sheer force of so much superpowered personality on screen makes for a blast of a movie.
In the south, Tamil-language science fiction and thriller, 24, starring Suriya, Samantha and Nithya Menen and directed by Vikram Kumar, despite its high levels of incredulity, is almost always watchable, says Scroll.in. Kumar keeps the screenplay ticking and conjures up enough twists and turns to push the overall silliness into the direction of entertainment. The film is hugely overstretched but Suriya keeps boredom at bay by piling on the wide grins and winsome looks every time you feel like looking at your wrist.
Telugu film Supreme, starring Sai Dharam Tej and Raashi Khanna and directed by Anil Ravipudi, is technically rich but the predictability of the first half kills interest, says The Hindu. All the film manages to do is establish that the director is capable of handling a masala film for a big hero. There are umpteen areas that are touched upon—love, child sentiment, father and son relationship, violence and two set of comedians to kill boredom—but they heighten the idiocy levels.
Malayalam movie James & Alice, starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Vedhika and directed by Sujith Vasudev, lags towards the end of the first half and helps predict its own climax, says english.mathrubhumi.com. However, Vasudev’s storytelling is unusual for Malayalam cinema and deserves to be appreciated.
Filmi Beat agrees Vasudev gives a fresh take to a cliched theme. A thrilling climax makes up for a boring first half, while Prithviraj is effortless in his role.
Punjabi action film Zorawar, starring Yo Yo Honey Singh and directed by Vinnil Markan, has not elicited any reviews yet.