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My Thoughts on: Endhiran

So today I got to watch Endhiran on the first day :D. It was hard to contain my excitement (as some of you might have seen on twitter) considering I’m a hardcore Rajini fan. I just got back home from the theatres, and here’s what I think about it.

As usual, spoilers ahead… so if you want a pure Endhiran experience without knowing what to expect, stop here.

All of you should be familiar with the hype that this movie has been recieving over the past few years now. It’s got a golden recipe for success… A.R. Rahman on the musical side of things, Shankar’s awesome direction, Ash’s beauty on screen, and of course, Rajini. So it’s only normal that people would expect wild things from this movie. I came out of the theatre with so many different thoughts flying around in my head, so I’ll break them down into sections to avoid confusing you, and myself (mainly myself).

Music

In the music department, Rahman does his job. I can’t say that I felt overwhelmed by the music or anything, but it wasn’t shit. When I first heard the songs a month or so ago, I wasn’t very happy with them, especially after what Rahman had done with Vinnathandi Varuvaaya. But like all Rahman songs, the music started to grow on me, and as the month progressed, I was okay with almost all songs (and i really liked a few too). I was pinning all my hopes on the songs fitting into the movie really well to make them seem like a good album. Unfortunately, it didn’t. Some of the the songs sat really well in the movie, like Irumbile oru idhayam, and other songs sat in the movie like songs in normal tamil movies (almost all the other songs fall in this category), but the last songs, Arima Arima, was probably the worst placed song EVER. Totally random, and out of context, and it just makes you wonder what they were smoking. Sound effects were, again, nothing to write home about.

Visuals

Okay, I’ve got to say it. the CG in this movie were AMAZING!. Endhiran had some of the most awesome animation and CG characters I have ever seen, and that carries on throughout the movie, until the very end (bear in mind that I’m only talking about the visuals, and the animation here). Kudos to Shankar for trying something so bold, and carrying it off beautifully.

On to the main character here, Rajini does an amazing job (as usual) as Vasi, and as Chitti, and in Kadhal Anukkal, he truly does look like he’s in his late 20s. It was brilliant, and those costumes really worked. Ash, again, looked stunning and she carried off her role pretty well, even though at times you feel like she’s over acting a bit. But we’re talking about the visuals here, and say what you may, Ash is HOT!

Special mention has to be made to Danny Denzongpa, who played his part really well, and pulled off being the bad scientist almost flawlessly. Loved his acting.

Locations were brilliant as well, with Kilimanjaro taking first place in my heart, and Kadhal Anukkal taking a close second. Kilimanjaro because the pyramids at Machu Picchu provide a stunning backdrop, and Kadhal Anukkal just because Rajini looked so awesome in the plain sandy desert.

Story Elements

And here is where things go south. The story starts off really well, and I thoroughly enjoyed the first half. Chitti’s animation really REALLY helps the story as well, with things looking probably as real as they get. There was no place for half assed animation, and Shankar really gave it his all this time (or Kalanithi Maran, rather), to get the best possible animation in there. Chitti’s introduction, where he shows off his dancing and fighting skills is… I honestly have no words for it. It made me literally jump up in my seat. The story progresses really well, and the first fight scene on the train was great! Everything was perfect in there, and things, again, looked great. Sure, like all tamil movies, the laws of physics were bent, but they were bent so well that it looked real. Absolutely no complaints there. Things go really really great till a little beyond the intermission, when we get to the wedding. Chitti returns as bad chitti. He looks really really cool, but at this point, I think what happened was that Shankar got so many ideas that he wanted to put them all in there, which ultimately led to one of the worst climaxes that anyone could have hoped for. I mean, come on!! giant ball made of humans? then a giant snake? then a giant human? really?

At the point of the car chase/fight sequence, I was thinking to my self, “this isn’t working. this could be a really big mistake.” In a sense I was right, but that was not by far the worst mistake of the movie. the next, slightly bigger mistake was the song in between there. Arima Arima was the worst placed song in a movie EVER! (yeah, I said it again, because once just wasn’t enough). I would have walked away a happy rajini fan after that too. But then came the climax. All I could think was “holy crap. What the f*** is wrong with these guys.” It was like they had so many ideas (all of them pretty bad), and they wanted to use them all in what little time they had. But again, even though the ideas were really shit (like fresh out of the bull), the animation of those crap ideas were really impressive.

Comedy was practically non existent, with what little comic relief was provided by the superstar himself, and both the (really good) comedians didn’t do squat. they were just “there” (at times, I even doubted that).

By the time I got to the end of the movie, I was too tired from wondering what the hell was going on, to even bother paying attention to the ending. The basic story was pretty predictable though, and as soon as I saw a second rajini on screen, I knew one of them would go bad, and quite obviously, it had to be the robot.

To sum up

Technologically excellent. It had really, REALLY great animation and CG elements, and some minor visual touches through out the movie really helped set it apart. The only problem was there was no standard setting to it. Every movie has to either be on a personal level or a universal level. This kept jumping between both. There was Vasi vs Chitti for the love of Sana, and suddenly there was an army of chittis taking over the city. Its hard for an audience to keep up with what was going on. Also, things that happen have to happen for a reason. Everything that happens has to answer a simple question. “why?”. And while Shankar was able to provide answers to the first level of ‘Whys’, he completely failed on all other levels. It was technologically awesome and in every other aspect, a little less than average.

As an afternote, I think Rajini plays a mad villain’s role brilliantly, and that laugh gave me the chills while making me want to worship him even more.

If you are a hardcore Rajini Fan, like I am, it’s worth the watch. Same goes to all you Ash fans out there.
If you want to see what you probably never thought you’d see in an indian movie (graphics wise), this is a definite must-watch.
If you’re one of those guys who wants to watch the movie for it’s story, please don’t.

I’d score Endhiran a 6/10.

Let me know what you guys think in the comments.

Why I think Inception is awesome.


Me and a couple of friends managed to catch a show of Inception after class on Thursday, and by the time Chris Nolan was done with me, I was half way into believing that nothing is real. Before I start on rambling, I’ll warn you guys that there might be spoilers ahead, sop If you want to go ahead and watch the movie first, do that before reading the rest of this post. Come back after you’re done, because it’d be a waste to read anything about the movie and spoil it for yourselves. You could go on to read, but don’t be surprised if you don’t get what the hell I’m talking about. I saw the movie yesterday and I still don’t know what I’m about to write.

Alright so now that we got that out of the way, I’ll start by saying that the movie is shear genius. Just the thought of seeing dreams the way Nolan has shown them is so amazing, and a wee bit scary. Inceptions isn’t a movie with extraordinary visuals like avatar… that was a movie I enjoyed purely for the visuals. There wasn’t much else to it. But Inception on the other hand had such a grand idea, that ordinary locations like hotels and elevators made for some of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever seen on a movie screen. That one scene in the hotel lobby with zero gravity was one of the best action scenes I’ve ever seen. But the concept aside, there was also the editing to credit. The first few scenes were by far the most confusing in the movie, and they throw your senses off and leave so many questions unanswered. This is one of those movies that makes you work to understand it, and quite frankly, it’s been a good while since I’ve seen a movie which has done that. There are no complaints about the acting of the cast members. Everyone played a convincing enough role on the screen. So what IS inception, you ask? Before I answer that, the next few lines are entirely what I understood out of the movie, so feel free to correct me. Oh, and this is about where the spoilers kick in.

Inception is the process of embedding a thought in someone’s head through their dreams. The story revolves around Dom Cobb (Leo DiCaprio) and his team. Dom is an extractor. He goes into people’s dreams and pulls information out of there, that they won’t give up willingly. The team take up a job for Saito (Ken Watanabe) to plant the thought of breaking up his corporate rival’s empire into his rival’s son, Robert Fischer’s (Cillian Murphy) head. In order to make it convincing enough, Dom comes up with a 3 level dream to make to so that it seems like Fischer thinks up the idea all by himself. The team travels through dream levels like a snow fortress, a hotel, a van chase through a city, what they call ‘the limbo’ and what seems to be reality. the limbo is where you end up when you go so deep into sleep that you, and things seems so real that your mind just stops trying to wake up again. Also, in each dream level, time is exponentially faster than the previous level, and hence the whole 4 levels of dreams take place on a flight journey from Sydney to LA. The story has a couple of unexpecteds, like Cobb’s wife, Mal (Marion Collitard) appearing in the dream levels to sabotage their mission. But all these things aside, there is one major unanswered question. The audience is left hanging when it comes to weather the end of the movie is actually reality or not, ad there are some other things that you keep doubting, like how the van falling caused the gravity change in the second level dream, but did not in the third and fourth. But that’s a part of the movie’s beauty, in that you get to come up with your own understanding of things.

Verdict: This is a must watch for those who love intense movies that keep you on the edge of your seat, while working your brain to a point of exhaustion. If you watch the movie and come out of it with every question in your mind, you probably just didn’t pay enough attention. It’s not a movie for when you’re tired and just want to enjoy something nice. But it’s definitely worth a watch.

Score: 9/10

Madrasapattinam Review… fresh off Neon’s blog

MadrasapattinamHey all,

Check out the link for a small review of Madrasapattinam… from what I hear, it’s pretty good and definitely worth a watch. Check it out at http://mendelismental.blogspot.com/2010/07/thoughts-on-madrasapattinam.html