Very Routine But Passable
What Is the Film Maari 2 About?
What happens when the past catches up on the lovable goon Maari (Dhanush) in the form of Beeja (Tovino Thomas)? How an innocent girl Anandhi (Sai Pallavi) gets caught in between and what happens afterwards is what the movie is all about?
How Is Dhanush’s Performance?
Dhanush is superb as one expects from him. He is enjoying playing the role of Maari and shows on screen. There is nothing unusual or fresh here; he has done it all before. Still, Dhanush makes it all work.
Direction by Balaji Mohan?
Balaji Mohan, a talented upcoming director who burst onto the scene with Love Failure a few years ago, made Maari (dubbed as Mass in Telugu) with Dhanush. The movie did decently at the box office, but its soundtrack and the don character of Dhanush continued to gain popularity among audience even after the theatrical run. With that in mind, a sequel was announced that left many baffled as trade wise it wasn’t a big thing.
So here we have Maari 2 where Dhanush is enjoying his role as before. The plot, however, is a stale and out-dated one, the kind we saw many in the late eighties and early nineties. Only, the making has been upgraded keeping the sensibilities of current times.
The two halves of the movie feel like two different films with one common track involving the hero and the villain running through. They are also the one who make the proceedings engaging with their parts. What also helps the cause is the supporting actors who do their bits well and keep the fun and emotions going on until the end, even if the path is a predictable one.
Overall, Maari 2 is a routine, predictable mass entertainer. It is engaging due to the cast and some well-executed mass heroism sequences. There is nothing new apart from the pairing of Dhanush and Sai Pallavi, and that should be kept in mind.
Sai Pallavi and Others?
Sai Pallavi has so far not done a film where she is a mere prop. Maari 2 build on that reputation. Whatever the length of her role, she has an integral part in the narrative, and Sai Pallavi delivers. Those who love dances from her get a treat in two songs. Varalakshmi Sarathkumar feels wasted. Tovino Thomas has done his part clinically. There is nothing exceptional, but he manages to act as a strong folly to the hero. Krishna Kulasekaran is decent in supporting the lead. Robo Shankar was decent in providing laughs. The rest of the cast which boasts of many other known faces has nothing much to offer to them.
Music and Other Departments?
Music and the background score, overall, is a level down compared to Maari. Yuvan Shankar Raja has done a decent job, but that doesn’t watch up to the massive blockbuster work of the original. The cinematography and editing are neat. The writing is okay.
Instead of taking a usual approach the second half could have been better with a little twist in the flashback or removing it entirely.
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
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