Atlee rocked Kollywood with his fresh romantic story Raja Rani in 2013, and when news spread that he’s the one helming Vijay’s Theri, the hype bubble surrounding the film grew larger. It’s really unfortunate that Theri neither offers the freshness nor the level of entertainment as Atlee’s debut film did, but rather sources most of its best scenes from some well-known Tamil movies. As far as Vijay is concerned, this has to be one of his most sincerest efforts in recent times.
I enjoyed Vijay’s signature theatrics, and he’s the only saving grace of the film. His camaraderie with baby actor Nainika is cuteness overload. The leading actresses Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Amy Jackson do a wonderful job. The cake was taken by director-actor Mahendran, who delivered an exceptional performance.
The film suffers from bad execution. Atlee follows a definitive predictable pattern that many filmmakers have attempted earlier and many will continue to do so in the foreseeable future – Hero’s entry, a necessary prompt, hero’s flashback, hero comes back to the present, hero fights back, hero wins and makes everything right. Midway the film haphazardly jumps between a few subplots, and in the process a few key scenes that may have lead to a awe-inspiring climax are simply given away. It kind of feels that the product was rushed through the editors, as there are lots of elements which add no value to the story at all. And it’s so much ‘inspired’ from other films that everything feels overly repetitive. Atlee may be trying to pay homage to his mentors, but it definitely backfires.
Leaving the editing and the writing section, the film is otherwise is technically very sound. Cinematographer George C Williams’ camerawork is brilliant, and so is the action choreography. The music in Theri is not GV Prakash’s best of work, and at times the BGM felt very forced.
Honestly speaking I’m a bit disappointed in Theri. Maybe Raja Rani made me expect a little too much from Atlee, and for me that particular film shall still remain the benchmark expectation from the director. Until his next film then.
Overall Rating: 2.5/5