15 mins into this one and boredom starts seeping through your veins. Music is the biggest let down. Though I can see it matches the mood of the film perfectly, this must be ARR’s least impressive composition in some time. I wanted to see this in Hindi as well to compare but don’t think I’ll be able to sit through it considering the jury’s out that Vikram’s out performed Abi.
Pros: Cinematography, Vikram, Prithviraj Cons: Music, direction and editing.
So, is Villain indeed an exploration of the Ram-Ravan face-off (which is one of Indian mythology's least ambiguous conflicts between good and evil)? And is the flick indeed as complex as it has been touted to be? Has Mani Ratnam chosen the wrong side of Gyaneshwari Express and Dantewada to try and draw sympathy towards an increasingly tiresome issue?
Yes, no and maybe.
However, the thing about a Mani Ratnam movie is that whatever else is happening to the story, it is hard to take your eyes off the poetry unravelling on screen. So even if several parts of Villain's concept....