Best of First Quarter: 2017

People will say that it is just too early to choose the best of movies. But it is never really early or late to choose your favourites, as I am choosing the best six Malayalam movies of this year from those which I have watched – I did go for almost all of them, except for some movies which instantly give that impression that we shouldn’t watch them; there are still moments when I had decided to go for them too. The last year had movies like Pulimurugan, which became the first ever 100 and 150 crore grosser in Malayalam movie industry, doubling the collections of the previous gross topper, Drishyam and its quick followers Premam and Oppam. So, what can this year bring for the industry? Lets begin with the big six movies, and the names can already be guessed by my friends on Facebook who should have seen my writings and preferences already.

1. Take Off :: I am pretty sure that most people will agree to this choice, as long as they are not the extreme case of fans. This one is Malayalam movie industry’s answer to Airlift, but takes the time to get more out of the emotional side with a first half which establishes the main characters and the situation of the protagonist really well. Taking a page out of a real incident and adding the needed creativity, Take Off becomes the movie that is not easy to find fault with. There is Parvathy as the protagonist doing an excellent job, and there is Fahadh Faasil who gets things to be more intense in the second half. Kunchacko Boban remains serene with his act. The positive opinions received are all deserving.
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/03/26/take-off/

2. C/O Saira Banu :: This one is an interesting movie which moves from family drama to its twists after the half time. It deals with some interesting incidents which have happened in our society, and also leaves with a message along with an ending which comes as a pleasant surprise with a nice turn of events. It questions not only a past, but also the present and the future in a prejudiced society that we live in. Manju Warrier and Amala Akkineni are the ones who shine in this movie which will work for not just one category of viewers. Along with Rani Padmini and How Old Are You?, this one will be on the list of the best works of Manju Warrier after her grand return. She is indeed the lady star who can hold a whole movie on her shoulders in the absence of any big male star.
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/03/18/co-saira-banu/

3. Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol :: Following Jomonte Suvisheshangal, and becoming only the second movie to release after that long lasting theatre strike, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol is a very well made family movie which is sure to appeal to the audience, and along with Mohanlal being at his best, there is also a strong supporting cast which includes Alencier Ley, Anoop Menon and Kalabhavan Shajohn who bring the fun element into the movie. Aima Rosmy Sebastian of Jacobinte Swargarajyam fame has a charming presence, and gets to do more this time. The movie’s message is strong, and cent percent applicable to the present world. Yes, family means everything, and with a superior second half, this movie successfully reiterate the same without melodrama. The family audience will love the grapes.
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/01/22/munthirivallikal-thalirkkumbol/

4. Aby :: Aby is an interesting new addition to that list of movies which proves to be inspirational for an upcoming generation with big dreams. Look out for Vineeth Sreenivasan, Aju Varghese, Mareena Michael Kurisingal and the supporting cast who make a simple story work really well in a way that it touches your dreams to make them wish to fly higher. How the story ends makes sure that we leave with a smile in the end. We do realise that we will not fly high as the protagonist does, but we can appreciate the fact that we could have and someone will. What is it with Malayalam movies and inspiration? We are having so many of them, and may this one also leave a nice impression. More and more of inspiration will be interesting thing, that is for sure.
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/02/24/aby/

5. Ezra :: Ezra does limit its scares, which is rather surprising – but while doing the same, it does take a divergent path, and undoubtedly scores with its visuals and sound effects, but one wonders why it hasn’t used all the arms and ammunition in its arsenal to create a huge scary experience that will keep you unsettled for a very long time. Even though it is a nicely done movie with an interesting narrative, I wouldn’t say that it will make you remember any of its scary moments. Ezra is worth watching for being different, and it buys and sells no white sari like the usual Malayalam horror movies have been doing beyond centuries. Prithviraj Sukumaran has chosen the right horror movie for sure.
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/02/12/ezra/

6. Alamara :: Alamara brings some simple, feel-good fun with its usual tale of a married couple having problems due to their families going against their relationship; with a big almirah in the middle of all these as silent witness to this mess of a family life. There are some really funny moments in this flick which also leaves one with a message. Aditi Ravi looks really beautiful here, and makes her presence felt in this one, and it is Manikandan R Achari as the protagonist’s favourite mama who leads the way in the comic department, supported well as usual by Aju Varghese and others making this one a cute watch. Just like Ann Maria Kalippilaanu from the same director, this one also deserved more attention than it receieved.
Read review at: http://moviesofthesoul.com/2017/03/19/alamara/

***The images used in this blog post are from the official Facebook Pages of the movies as well as the leading actors and actresses mentioned here.

This week’s movies are The Great Father and Georgettan’s Pooram. Do they deserve to be somewhere in this list, or maybe in one which is a little bit longer? If you are looking forward to a Hollywood 2017, read this!

TeNy

Looking Forward to 2017

Here are six movies which I am looking forward to watch in the year 2017. Even though it is overrated just because Deepika Padukone is acting in it, xXx: Return of Xander Cage was not a movie that I was looking forward to watch – such hyped movies and overrated actresses don’t make one interested, as far as I am concerned. I have to say the same about The Lego Batman Movie, as this kind of animation is not favoured at all. I have also included only the Hollywood movies in this list.

1. Split :: After coming back to form with the interesting flick which was The Visit, Manoj Night Shyamalan brings another psychological horror movie here. With a gifted actress like Anya Taylor-Joy who has already proved herself with The Witch and Morgan, and also with James McAvoy as the main character, there will be something about this flick, that is for sure. I see that this one has already released in the United States and a number of other territories, but here it was late on February 24th, but I was busy for that weekend. Who doesn’t want a psychological horror thriller at a time when life needs a boost?

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2. Alien: Covenant :: I have always been fascinated with this idea which has been going on since the first movie from Ridley Scott had my attention. The second movie of the Alien prequel series and the sequel to Prometheus is certain to have our attention like the many other movies of the same franchise. Michael Fassbender is still there in this franchise, and it will carry on with the story from where it stopped in the previous movie – well, the predecessor is one of my favourite movies in outer space, and I am sure that this one will get somewhere there too. I am cent percent sure about this movie’s effectiveness.

3. Justice League :: Well, this one was always coming and we only needed to wait for the same, as DC needed to give the reply to Marvel’s Avengers, and we will see all of them together here – Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg – they are all here, and let us see how much of a grand effect they create here compared to the team lead by Captain America and Iron Man – also we can see how much of a destruction they are going to create as the threat from Steppenwolf and the Parademons are what will come upon the world in this flick.

4. Thor: Ragnarok :: There is no ending for the need of more superhero movies from Marvel, especially when it is about someone who is part of the Avengers. Ragnarok is a concept which is very interesting too, and with the god with the hammer having to battle the Incredible Hulk, and with the need to stop this event from happening, there is the certainty of something huge coming on the big screen. So, let’s be ready for this, and have the superhero in us prepared to take the tickets early. We are not really that far from the Norse gods these days, are we?

5. Wonder Woman :: She is the one lady superhero that we all want to watch again and again. The truth is that most of us never really had that much of a life full of DC or Marvel Comics here, and so she didn’t come to the main scene much. It was all Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, He Man – at those times. But with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, things have changed, and we are once again looking forward to seeing her on the big screen, and Gal Gadot is one actress who can certainly make this thing work. It is a world of superheroes, and let this one to the whole big list nicely.

6. Spider-Man: Homecoming :: Well, the Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War was a very much irritating one, and I surely miss The Amazing Spider-Man which was a nice franchise with two very good movies. But as they have decided to come up with a second reboot, a very much unnecessary one, I would surely need to watch this one and see how this one goes. I am sure that a movie about Spider-Man will have something for all of us, as it was how things have been working so far. Lets give a chance to Marvel to work on the upcoming plans for Avengers then. After all, Spidey is a favourite in India compared to everyone else.

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***The images used in this blog post are from the official Facebook Pages of the movies mentioned here.

TeNy