What a nice film!!! And, most importantly, it is dubbed in English plus all major Indian languages on Netflix. So you can watch it with your kids! Finally, someone is smart enough to see the value in that.
This is a classic Tovino Thomas movie. Kind of amazing that a minor Malayalam actor already has such a distinctive onscreen persona. He’s young, sweet, a little self-centered, a little naive, quick to fall in love, but not actually a bad person. I guess the biggest thing is that he is sensitive. He is quick to feel hurt himself, but also quick to feel it when others are hurt and try to help them.
As a superhero, he is a throwback to the original Peter Parker/Spider-Man. An average person who is given powers not through any personal virtues, but just by accident. But those powers and what he does with them, that is what defines him as a character.
Where this film gets really interesting is that it takes this average person and puts him in an average place. Is a hero with great powers needed any less in a small village than in a big city? And why should a hero with great powers necessarily leave home? Why not stay back and deal with village matters in a village way?
I’m making the whole film sound deep and maybe kind of boring. It’s not! It’s fun, it’s clever, and it has some great special effects sequence that are more about being smart than spending money. It’s one of those Malayalam films where 2/3rds is a blast, and 1/3rd is suddenly tragic and heartbreaking. The 2/3rds is super SUPER fun, and light, and silly. And the 1/3rd is light-for-Malayalam.
It’s a great movie if you like superhero films, it’s a great movie if you like soft sweet heroes, it’s a great movie if you like to think, and it’s a great movie if you like village films. It’s also a great movie to watch dubbed with your kids. Enjoy it! And then come back and check out my other SPOILERS review.