Mersal Movie Review: What Actually Stood Out In The Film?

It definitely is a Mersal Deepavali!

The first phrase every review used was that it is a ‘Mersal Deepavali’ and much agreeing to it, the movie has surely won the hearts. It all boils down to acting, screenplay and most of all, direction. Atlee has done justice with his directorial skills and one can reminisce the directorial touch of Shankar in many of Atlee’s frames. ‘Mersal’ is a full-on commercial entertainer and the only way one can enjoy a commercial film is by not digging deep into logic and exclusivity.

Beginning with the acting, Vijay’s performance is commendable with great emotions and aggressive action, overall making it a power-packed performance from his side. Nithya Menen excels in her role with her brilliant performance, making their pair a treat to watch. Kajal Aggarwal does justice to the couple of scenes and the customary song sequence that she appears in.

However, the most disappointing part is Samantha’s role and performance. She has no part in the storyline and her presence made no sense at all. How many times have there been debates about actresses signing up for stronger, meatier roles? There is no thumb rule that actors must necessarily have a lady love to just add extra glamour and name to the film.

Vadivelu managed to crack the audience with some small jokes here and there. However, his role could have been used much better. SJ Suryah as the Villain was truly magnificent and is now on the path of mastering a good negative character.

As already predicted there is nothing new in the storyline. The tale of a father being murdered and the sons avenging his death is all too familiar for the audience. (think Aboorva Sagodharargal and Kudyirundha Koil). Atlee has taken a tried and tested storyline and added touches of Vijayakanth’s Ramana and traces from a couple of Shankar’s film and there you have – a no fail formula.

The film has taken on the medical fraternity to deliver its core social message – eradicating malpractices at hospitals and the poor state of politics in our country. Though most of the scenes are a rehash from the movies mentioned above, these kinds of stories usually keep the audience engaged and never fail to impress.

The placement of songs is the biggest minus in the film and all other than ‘Alaporaan Thamizhan’ failed to impress. AR Rahman’s background score, which was the most expected, was also a big disappointment.

Finally, the points that stands out in the film is the acting, the screenplay and the cinematography which has made it completely entertaining and worth a watch.

Verdict: The movie is definitely worth watching and is a great form of entertainment.

Rating: 3/5

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