Home Entertainment ‘Jailer’ movie review: Rajinikanth, Nelson make a captivating comeback that majorly works

‘Jailer’ movie review: Rajinikanth, Nelson make a captivating comeback that majorly works

0
‘Jailer’ movie review: Rajinikanth, Nelson make a captivating comeback that majorly works

From our review of Rajinikanth’s debut film, “Apoorva Raagangal” (1975), we had said, “Newcomer Rajinikanth looks dignified and leaves a strong impression.” Even after almost 50 years, the actor has managed to keep that dignity and impressiveness intact, if not increased, something that is stuck in his fans’ minds through the famous “Vayasanalum un style-um, azhagum…” dialogue from “Padayappa.” It’s this experienced charm, along with filmmaker Nelson’s unique touches, that makes their latest collaboration “Jailer” an enjoyable entertainer.

In the movie, the veteran actor plays Muthuvel Pandian, a retired prison warden who spends his time helping his grandson’s YouTube channel by making videos. When his son Arjun (Vasanth Ravi), an honest police officer, starts investigating an idol smuggling operation, trouble comes to Muthu’s doorstep. Muthu blames his son’s troubles on his own honesty, which seems to have rubbed off on him. So, Muthu steps back into a world he had taken a break from.

Besides great visuals, funny humor, and lead characters with serious expressions, all of Nelson’s previous three films have had simple stories that are made better by the director’s clever ideas. “Jailer” is no different. In fact, “Jailer” might feel similar to “Thangappathakkam” (1974) for older audiences, while younger viewers might be reminded of Kamal Haasan’s recent hit “Vikram.” Both these recent movies, apart from having the legendary stars play roles suitable for their age, are about men who were once officials but are now out for revenge for their son’s fate, using their connections. But the similarities end there, as “Vikram” is a part of a cinematic universe, whereas “Jailer” is like a whole cinematic universe packed into one movie.

Nelson fills “Jailer” with many characters, and even though there’s not much screen time for most of them, they all fit together well, like pieces of a puzzle. The strongest part of “Jailer” is its fast-paced story, and right from the start, we’re thrown into the action. In no time, Muthu is on a mission, and the movie keeps up the excitement until the break. However, the second half of the film loses a bit of its consistency. While cameos by Mohanlal and Shiva Rajkumar are good additions, the same can’t be said for other characters introduced in the second half.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here