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Maari 2 Movie Review

 

 

Production: Wunderbar Films Cast: Dhanush, Krishna, Robo Shankar, Sai Pallavi, Tovino Thomas, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Direction: Balaji Mohan Screenplay: Balaji Mohan Story: Balaji Mohan Music: Yuvan Shankar Raja Background score: Yuvan Shankar Raja Cinematography: Om Prakash
Dhanush’s Maari was perhaps a fine example of getting everything right. Its sequel, Maari 2, fails to reach the same heights but is a rollicking ride nonetheless.

 

Adithaangi and Sanikazhamai’s running commentary about Maari’s love life, whistle-a-minute dialogues such as “If you are bad, then I am your dad” and comic timings of the actors keep this film moving along.

With Maari, director Balaji had established the kind of person Maari is, how he is treated by the people around him, how he values other relationships and so on. Therefore, in this film, we don’t have a particular character arc for the lead. Instead, we’re left to deal with a few new characters like Kalai (Krishna), Anandhi (Sai Pallavi), and Beeja: The God of Death (Tovino Thomas). The film is made on the typical commercial template with scenes shifting from action to comedy to romance to emotion, and repeat.
We get to sense that Balaji Mohan has tried hard to establish an almost-invincible villain to battle someone like Maari. But the problem arises when this is staged in a very artificial manner. Intimidating tattoos, making him read books of a certain kind and just making him repeat dialgoues in which he claims that he is the god of death makes it seem pretentious to an extent. Though it allows Maari to fall and rise and spices up the story, it is not thoroughly entertaining to watch. A more gripping revenge plot could have made this hero-villain drama a little more exciting.
With Maari, director Balaji had established the kind of person Maari is, how he is treated by the people around him, how he values other relationships and so on. Therefore, in this film, we don’t have a particular character arc for the lead. Instead, we’re left to deal with a few new characters like Kalai (Krishna), Anandhi (Sai Pallavi), and Beeja: The God of Death (Tovino Thomas). The film is made on the typical commercial template with scenes shifting from action to comedy to romance to emotion, and repeat.
We get to sense that Balaji Mohan has tried hard to establish an almost-invincible villain to battle someone like Maari. But the problem arises when this is staged in a very artificial manner. Intimidating tattoos, making him read books of a certain kind and just making him repeat dialgoues in which he claims that he is the god of death makes it seem pretentious to an extent. Though it allows Maari to fall and rise and spices up the story, it is not thoroughly entertaining to watch. A more gripping revenge plot could have made this hero-villain drama a little more exciting.

Finally, Dhanush as Maari is not what all this film is about. With the inclusion of many new characters, the weightage and pressure over Maari’s characterization are reduced. Similar to its predecessor, Maari 2 has comedy scenes, mass moments, patterned stunts and some extra emotional spice. In all these, Dhanush owns the screen when he’s at it.

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