Mersal Review : ‘Atlee’ has become a dependable brand with just 2 films ‘Raja Rani’ and ‘Theri’,both which were efficiently packed masala entertainers that managed to gain humongous success at the Kollywood box-office.Naturally,the expectations were sky-high from the combo of Vijay and Atlee who were expected to repeat the success of Theri,which I felt was to some extent a slightly better movie altogether on comparison with this much more predictable mass masala entertainer.
An elaborate affair running around 170 minutes,Mersal has all the ingredients that one conjoins with a festival entertainer,heavily relying upon the charisma of Vijay who ensures that the loopholes in the screenplay is overshadowed by his massive screen presence upto a good extent.K.Vijayendra Prasad who’s known for his epic mass entertainers like ‘Baahubali’,’Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ and ‘Samarasimha Reddy’ has stick on to the basic formulas of a typical masala flick,the result being an average to above average cinematic experience in a nutshell.
Atlee’s pattern of narrative reminded me of his mentor Shankar’s 2006 blockbuster ‘Shivaji’,revamped with plot elements similar to A.R Murugadoss’s Vijayakanth starrer ‘Ramana' and a conclusion upon the lines of yet another Murugadoss flick Katthi .The introductory portions of the movie was impressive followed by a slightly weaker 45-50 minutes which luckily ended with a thrilling interval block.The second half holds the flashback portion of ‘Thalapathy’ which is highly emotional and has moments to connect with the native audience in particular.
The fact that the easily predictable narrative could have been trimmed by atleast 15-20 minutes cannot be blanked out and hadn’t there been a solid performance by Thalapathy Vijay as the saving grace,the movie could have been rather a mediocre experience altogether.The plethora of hard-hitting punch dialogues added with a good social message towards the end was effective in increasing the emotional connect of the movie.
As mentioned before Vijay was at his awesome best throughout the movie and succeeded in portraying the roles entrusted on him with required perfection.The pick among the female cast was Nithya Menon who shined with an energetic performance.Samantha and Kajal Agarwal didn’t have much role to play except for being part in two songs that didn’t make any impact in the narrative whatsoever.’Vaigai Puyal’ Vadivelu gave an impressive supporting performance .S J Surya’s vllain role was too stereotypical and lacked necessary detailing.
Songs by maestro A.R.R ranged from mediocre to good with the pick among the songs being ‘Aalaporaan Tamizhan’ and ‘Nee Thaane’ that were picturized well by Atlee.The background score of the movie wasn’t exceptional but nonetheless decent.Frames by debutant G K Vishnu were catchy and edits by Ruben was fine in general.
Overall,Mersal is a satisfactory festive flick that ensures a paisa vasool one time watch for those who have a taste for masala entertainers.