|Shahrukh Khan in 'Ra.One'|
I saw the earliest show
possible of this flick. But since I am not under contract to churn out a review
for the rest of the world withing the next few hours, this review is coming a
day late. And its not a review.
There is no point
obsessing over the story because frankly there is none. There is just a
concept, which i must agree has a lot of potential. But then we live in an era
of business not art when it comes to films. If you have done enough to generate
a hit or a superhit then why do more.
I am an ardent Shahrukh
Khan fan. But there has been periods when i have ardently boycotted his cinema
on the pretext of low quality. But unfortunately, I am not sure what will
succeed this era. I was much more comfortable ignoring the romantic dramas. To
avoid watching a sci-fi movie which the actor has been involved in for the past
two years is asking for too much. And possibly that is why i did not even have
the heart to completely thrash the movie after watching it.
The movie has a few good
points. The special effects are good even though the choreography of the action
sequences could have been better. The production value is visible when you
watch the movie. The actors look good. And for a change, the sequences are executed
in India. I can remember the thousands of times i have seen the Golden Gate or
the Statue of Liberty coming apart in a superhero movie. But when it comes to
Indian films the action is limited to abroad (basically unrecognizable places).
The moment that the Mumbai local breaks apart the Central station, while SRK's
G.One tries to stop it (though reminiscent of Spiderman 2) is a
breakthrough scene for me.
Unfortunately, the good points end here. The few scenes that are put together
between the action sequences have dialogues that make my ears bleed. I was
watching Prem Rog (archaic drama starring Rishi Kapoor, Padmini Kolhapure) and
that movie held my attention solely on the basis of the powerful dialogues.
Sometimes the only special effect you need is a team of good writers. More than
the non-existent storyline and the horrendous dialogues, it is the bad
background score that disappoints the most. It sounds like a rehash from the
70s which confuses the mind instead of building up pace or setting our pulse on
fire. The songs are an embarrassment. Sometimes unnecessary and to
tell the truth completely average in their quality, they are just another
irritant on screen.
Anyway, should you watch
it or not is completely your own decision. It is a one of its kind movie made
in Bollywood. A huge leap in a genre that is unexplored in the industry.
Hopefully we will see more movies with better written material which would do
justice to the crores spent on the SFX.
Labels: Drama, Hindi, Sci-fi, Watch with low expectations