New Delhi: Sajid-Farhad’s multi-starrer comedy Housefull 3, featuring Akshay Kumar, Abhishek Bachchan, Riteish Deshmukh and Jacqueline Fernandez is an ode to hare-brained antics that should work if you don’t look for sense, says Gulf News. While the first half has some laugh-out loud moments, the second half meanders. But the climax, which has some golden moments, wraps things up nicely. The pace isn’t sluggish, events unfurl at a quick pace and things aren’t terribly distasteful. Read more here
Emirates 247.com is much less impressed, calling it humour of the lowest kind. From unfunny potshots at the physically and mentally-challenged to women who are entirely invested in perfecting their pouts or flaunting their beach bodies, Sajid-Farhad have it all. Read more here
For Hollywood fans, American 3D science fiction action comedy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, directed by Dave Green and starring Megan Fox, Stephen Amell, Will Arnett and Brian Tee, comes to India this week. The Guardian calls it a joyless two-hour ride, doing everything to generate the illusion of bleeding-edge bang-per-buck. Only Bay could conceive of blowing this much time and cash on identifying the exact spot at which zesty, subversive trash sours into ugly, empty junk, assembled solely to school our young in brute market forces and indiscriminate consumption. Read more here
Empire magazine adds that the film is considerably better than its predecessor, at least, for a third of its running time but soon unravels as the Retro-Mutagen cements its status as yet another uninspired MacGuffin in yet another bland final act containing yet more people looking up at the sky. The central four may give it their all but the people behind this franchise sadly don’t seem all that interested in their crime-fighting, pizza-eating heroes. Read more here
Crime-buddy comedy The Nice Guys, directed by Shane Black and starring Russell Crowe, Ryan Gosling and Angourie Rice, doesn’t scream out for Academy consideration but does well with its random lunacy dished out by experts, says Rolling Stone. Nothing really adds up but the fun is in the actors. There are even times when Black seems to be letting Crowe and Gosling make the whole thing up as they go along which is not a bad thing. Read more here
Variety magazine calls it a crackerjack ’70s comedy of aggression, singularly clever about its own triviality, and offering the scruffy pleasure of seeing two great actors dial down their gravitas with style. What’s fun about it is that its casually remorseless hostility, reflected in everything from the drop-dead wisecracks to the slapstick cruelty of its violence, expresses nothing so much as the spirit of today. Read more here
Romantic drama Me Before You, directed by Thea Sharrock and starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin and Jenna Coleman, is marked by technically-sound yet workmanlike direction that never sells the emotional peaks and troughs, exaggerated characters, and a final resolution that pushes the film into morally provocative territory, says Variety magazine. There are deep, complicated issues that the film wades into, and quickly winds up out of its depth. Aside from its inelegant way of addressing the politics of euthanasia, its admirable presentation of a disabled person as a swoon-worthy romantic lead collides awkwardly with its implicit suggestion that perhaps such a life isn’t even worth living. Read more here
Cinemablend agrees the film is predictable, though still affecting. While there are cheesy, eye-rolling moments, an over-reliance on montage, superfluous and glaring sub-plots, the romance is mixed with a pulverizing reality that will undoubtedly provoke tears. Read more here
In the south, Telugu romantic comedy A Aa, directed by Trivikram Srinivas and starring Nithin, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Anupama Parameswaran, is a simple tale, effectively told, says The Hindu. Srinivas is the film’s trump card and has at his disposal two well-known actors. The film doesn’t aim to break new grounds, it is content being a simple romance that also addresses family ties. Mickey J. Meyer’s music is refreshing and Natarajan’s cinematography is a delight. Read more here
Raam Reddy’s Kannada film Thithi, starring Thammegowda S., Channegowda and Abhishek H. N., is a witty comedy that plays out in a small town where nothing goes according to plan, says Scroll.in. The remarkably assured and often very funny movie relies heavily on the unschooled and spontaneous reactions of the mostly non-professional cast. Reddy does a fine job of getting the townspeople to play versions of themselves and expertly steers the main cast past their endless obstacles. Read more here
The Mint review adds that the film is engaging on a minute-by-minute basis, and it’s a while before one notices the absence of the usual markers of movie-dom-songs, dances or fights. Reddy has managed, in his first full-length film as director, something extremely controlled yet freewheeling—the willingness to put two and two in front of the audience and let them say four themselves.
Marathi film Lalbaugchi Rani, starring Veena Jamkar and Prathamesh Parab and directed by Laxman Utekar, is not consistent in its entirety but manages a reasonably strong feel-good experience, without shying away from the darker aspects of the theme, says Pune Mirror. The pre-intermission portion is largely episodic, and has limited impact, but the film recovers in the second half with a logically conceived storyline. Read more here
Several films this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Om Puri-starrer Project Marathwada, Tamil movie Velainnu Vanthutta Vellakaran, Kannada drama Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, Malayalam movie Poyi Maranju Parayathe, Punjabi drama Vaapsi and Gujarati film Thai Jashe.