In the absence of any Hindi releases, it is up to Hollywood to draw audiences to theatres this week.
Animation comedy The Angry Birds Movie 2 directed by Thurop Van Orman and John Rice featuring the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Peter Dinklage comes to India this week. The New York Times says this new movie, which uses the bright, color-rich palette of the smartphone phenomenon for which it’s named, as well as its hook of non-aeronautic feathered creatures getting around via catapult, is not much beyond a superficially amiable ball of fluff.
As far as sequels go, The Angry Birds Movie 2 is about what you’d expect in terms of expanding out the world and introducing new faces while retaining old favourites, says entertainment.in. Where the follow-up really gets it right though is in its charming characters and infectious sense of humour. However, while often silly and childish, it throws in a surprising number of more adult themed jokes.
Action thriller Angel Has Fallen directed by Ric Roman Waugh starring Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman offers up a few potentially memorable set pieces but they all fall victim to having too much repetitive editing and not enough kinetic energy, a problem that no amount of onscreen firepower, twisted wreckage, or offbeat overhead camera angles can solve, says A.V Film Club. However, given the awfulness of its predecessor, a sequel that’s merely pedestrian represents a dramatic improvement.
Disaster horror film Crawl directed by Alexandre Aja starring Kaya Scodelario and Barry Pepper takes its time setting its trap before letting things rip, says Rolling Stone. Once it does get everything in place, the movie settles into an efficient mousetrap mode, cutting off some avenues of escape while opening others and dangling the notion of salvation before snatching it away. A few others briefly enter the fray, but these characters might as well be listed in the credits as Meal No. 1 and Meal No. 2. It’s really up to Scodelario and Pepper to keep things moving, especially the former, and luckily for us, she proves to be a great scream-queen-in-training.
Action crime film The Kitchen directed by Andrea Berloff starring Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss is a humorless, sadistically violent wreck that has not one single satisfying second, says The New York Post. The comic books are stylized with deep colors and dangerous noir energy, but Berloff’s film is one of the most pallid and bland screen depictions of 1970s New York in recent memory.
Tamil sports film Kennedy Club directed by Suseenthiran starring Sasikumar, Bharathiraja, Samuthirakani and Meenakshi Govindarajan feels like a culmination of sports cliches put together by a ‘socially-conscious’ filmmaker who probably realised the lack of representation of female sports films, says The Hindu. Kennedy Club is the kind of movie that bats for empowering women, and at the same time expects them to wear saris. It’s the kind that asks girls to grow wings, but also says, “Do not cut your hair." It’s also the kind that stereotypes other states.
Tamil drama Bakrid starring directed by Jagadeesan Subu starring Vikranth Santhosh and Vasundhara Kashyap conveys its message without being preachy, though there are some scenes which get melodramatic, says The Times Of India. Subu succeeds in trying to say through his story that humans, wherever they hail from, irrespective of their language and culture, are the same insensitive and cruel species while animals have a contrasting nature.
Marathi drama Palsichi PT starring Kiran Dhane and Rahul Belapurkar directed by Dhondiba Karande is hard to appreciate even though it has its heart in the right place, says Pune Mirror. The film is riddled with clichés and is predictable almost throughout. The screenplay has little to do with logic and the direction seems fit for television than for the big screen.
Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Tamil crime thriller MEI, Telugu films Nene Kedi No. 1, Kousalya Krishnamurthy, Nivaasi, Boy, Hawaa and Edaina Jaragocchu, Kannada movies Kalpana Vilaasi, Randhawa, Nanna Prakara, Udumba, Vijayaratha and Fan, Malayalam thriller drama Kumbarees, Malayalam comedy drama Pattabhiraman, Malayalam romantic drama Porinju Mariyam Jose, Marathi drama Laal Batti, Punjabi action drama Mitti, Punjabi comedy drama Naukar Vahuti Da and Gujarati romantic comedy Montu Ni Bittu.