Monster Movie Review
S. J. Surya,Priya Bhavani Shankar,Karunakaran,
Directer – Nelson Venkatesan,Music – Justin Prabhakaran,Cinematography – Gokul Benoy,Editer – V. J. Sabu Joseph ,PRO – Johnson ,
Hunting of a RAT – a day to day common struggle, frame on big screen.“Vaadiya Payiraik Kandapodhellaam Vaadinen” – a great poem of Vallalar, which has been taken as a baseline for the script. Certainly that much effectiveness couldn’t feel in any sequence. Even a small ant can destroy an elephant, in that case, a Rat has the capacity of destroying the living area.In this world, if a human being suffers, no one cares for them, S. J. Surya doesn’t worry for his costly sofa which is spoiled by a RAT and protect the Rat. Normally, pet animals always keep affection to their owners. Might be Rat is the only animal which gives a headache to the people. Really speaking Rat even is a pet animal and Rats have been practiced as working animals. The Tasks for working rats include the sniffing of gunpowder residue.
In the film “Monster” Rat has been focusing its negative sides. Cinema is the greatest weapon to mold the human mindset, as the director’s perception on Rat would be destroying the things in a house. The film contains only the negative aspects of a Rat.The title is “Monster” means a powerful creature which is cruel in the behaviors, the Monster Rat was not shown his giant behavior towards the human being. It had proven about the original abili ties in a house.S. J. Surya holds the film in his own style, Karunakaran is the only hope that he satisfied with his comical dialogues. The song is not catchy by praising the saint.Monster – toy drama
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The concept of the Nelson Venkatesh-directed Monster is interesting, featuring a convincing performance by SJ Suryah and a pesky rat. Both the hero and the villain here have equal footing. A few years back, SS Rajamouli ga ve a rat almost the same importance in his Naan Ee in a very entertaining manner, but Monster becomes mushy a nd preachy towards the climax. Monster too is a comedy but the two films couldn’t be more different. Both are m eant to be family movies with a love story at its centre yet Monster comes from a place of wholesomeness Mr.Lo calcan’t even aspire for. For one, the jokes that land don’t come at the expense of someone. Even the rat in Mons ter gets more respect that the women in Mr.Local. Naturally, the same maturity has gone into the writing of the love story that holds Monster together. Anjanam Azhagiya Pillai (a role tailor-made for SJ Suryah) isn’t too lucky in love yet when the girl that stood him up calls him to apologise, it becomes the beginning of something wonde rful. For love isn’t a competition, unlike it is in Mr.Local, and when it strikes, both parties end up as winners.
Not only is the female character, Mekala (played charmingly by Priya Bhavani Shankar), strong but her strength is not being questioned. In contrast, Anjanam might seem the weaker of the two but that’s never used against hi m; he’s just as loveab Our hero Anjanam Azhagiya Pillai (SJ Suryah) is a god-fearing, benevolent assistant engin eer working in government service at the state electricity board. Early in his life, he gets influenced by the Tam il saint Vallalar, who taught the philosophy of compassion towards all living creatures. He believes in ahimsa whi ch is established in his characterisation and outlook towards life. Mekala (Priya Bhavani Shankar) initially refu ses to meet him when he visits her house seeking an arranged alliance. But later seeing his nature she not only apologises to him, but also falls in love with him. Which is why we’re fully invested when a rat enters his house. In SJ Suryah’s words, Anjanam’s 1BHK apartment in Velachery is his Taj Mahal for Mekala. And when he lovingly buys her an expensive sofa (we could have avoided the product placement though) for the drawing room, we’re just as nervous as he is about the rat nibbling at it.
In a bad film, nothing seems to matter even when a man’s life (or job as in Mr.Local) is at stake. What’s a sofa in comparison, but it’s the success of this film that we feel terrible when it gets damaged. What we aspire for isn’t what we would have ideally wanted had the situation been real. We don’t want the rat to be killed because Anja nam wouldn’t want that to happen. This makes for not just an interesting “cat-and-mouse” game but also some wild cartoonish fun.Soon, the villain makes his entry in the form of an irritating rat; the ‘monster’ wreaks havoc in the hero’s life. Pillai moves in to a new house prior to his engagement, where a smuggler used to live and had hidden some diamonds in a particular brand of rusk (a type of savoury biscuit). Surprisingly, Pillai himself likes to snack on this popular brand of rusk which attracts the rodent. Life becomes a living hell as war breaks out bet we en the hero and the rat who runs amok causing great damage.
Finally, when Pillai captures the rat, he does not kill it but leaves it alive in a garbage can which leads to more tr ouble. Due to the rodent issue, his engagement with Mekala faces uncertainty. To add to his woes, the old ho use owner returns to get back his diamonds.Like the silent stretch where Anjanam builds a makeshift mouse trap out of a plastic bottle. The scene has tension, it has fun and it has the laughs yet it doesn’t seem over the top. Like in the Home Alone movies, the cast (especially SJ Suryah) and crew seems to have gotten the “Jim Carrey-than am” (his words, not mine) to pull off such a film. You should see him in the scene where the holds in vomit as he sits before his boss; Mr.Bean would be proud. And that’s why the film works even better as a children’s movie. It has the warmth of a Pixar film where you don’t want even the evil diamond smuggler to get hurt. Monster as a short film would have been fine, but director Nelson stretches it to 140 minutes.
The story and treatment becomes monotonous beyond a point with the hero’s mumbo jumbo about ahimsa. One cannot understand why the hero after undergoing so much stress, including seeing a Rs 5 lakh sofa he had lovi ng ly purchased on EMI for his fiancée shredded to pieces, doesn’t get rid of the creature for once and for all. The lo ng drawn out climax too turns out to be preachy and melodramatic.Yet one wishes the film had been a tad less pr edictable. It’s not a densely packed film so scenes like the one where Anjanam’s boss gives him an important pie ce of paper shouldn’t have played out so expectedly. It’s much the same when Mekala gifts Anjanam some clo th es to try on. After a point, the rat damaging one thing after another cannot be the only line of comedy in such a film. Certain gags feel a bit too long and even the quality of supporting actors, at least in a couple of cases, are a bother.
But these are forgivable in a film where a rat gets a better character arc than most villains in our films. It has its issues but a film that brings out the child in you can’t be all bad.The film works largely on SJ Suryah’s perfor ma nce and his goofy encounters with the rat. Priya Bhavani Shankar as the heroine has lesser screen time than the rat, while Karunakaran’s one-liners as the hero‘s friend are enjoyable. The VFX team has done a decent job, tho ugh in some scenes the director has used a real rat. The screenplay could have been tighter with less melodrama as the film drags in the second half. On the whole, Monster offers something new and a fairly engaging film, but could have been more fast-paced with better writing and believable twists. As the old saying goes: don’t burn yo ur house to smoke out a rat.
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Written By- T.H.PRASAD -B4U-Ratting-4 /5