Well, now we have a hint of plot. And it’s not….great. You know what is missing? A sense of humor. You have to have a sense of humor in these kinds of things or it just doesn’t work. You need that classic Marvel acknowledgement meta joke of “this is super weird, right?”
Well, when this movie was first announced, eons ago, I thought “Ayan Mukherjee? Doing a superhero movie?” And now I have seen the trailer and that is still my thought. When you are doing Epic, you either need to commit 100% (Bahubali) or have that little bit of a sense of humor about it mixed in (A Flying Jatt, Minnal Murali, Mr. India, Ra. One, Koi Mil Gaya). Ayan is a great writer and a great director, but he doesn’t do funny. And he also doesn’t do Epic. So how was this going to work?
Watching the trailer, this feels like the kind of movie that could make a lot of money on initial release, that people could love for the epic visuals and so on, but which I don’t think anyone will want to re-watch once it is out of theaters. We have the classic Ranbir over-acted love at first sight, some complicated mythology, and some pretty cool spell effects, but I’m not getting “fun”, you know? Even Bahubali was just FUN in a lot of parts, and RRR had a freakin’ DANCE OFF in the middle of it!
Biggest mistake, they cheaped out on the villain. This is just filmmaking 101, you gotta have a really strong actor/character for the hero, and an equally strong actor/character for the villain. Mouni Roy is fine, but you need a Jackie Shroff. Or Kay Kay Menon, or Shabana Azmi, or Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Oh, and Ranbir doesn’t seem to have anything bad happen to him. ALSO vitally important for an Epic Hero! He’s just a doof who falls in love with Alia, and has Magic Fire Powers.
This could still be a great movie that addresses all my questions, but I will say for sure it is a baaaaaaaaaaaaad trailer. It needs one line of pure humor in there somewhere, it needs a quick flash of something scary/bad happening to our hero so we care about him, and it needs a way better intro for the villain.
What do you think?