Professor of philosophy. Watcher of films.
Two charismatic leads and Mani Ratnam's camera always knows how to find them at their best. Ratnam has style, but he never lets a signature style overwhelm what a moment needs. His willingness to embrace various animated styles here is only an extreme version of what he's always willing to do.
This is an interesting break from the other Ratnams I've seen. Whereas those have a central story of love (romantic or familial) that reveals rifts in larger society, here…
Second viewing confirms this is among the handful of films I'd consider my all-time favorites. Everything I want in a film is here. (Well, I could use a chase scene with a car explosion, I guess.)
What's the movie about? It's about an hour and forty-five minutes.
An hour and forty-five minutes of dizzying, glorious, beautiful starts and stops, ideas and emotions, reality and fiction, truth and lies, beauty and deceit. AK demands our attention, but doesn't mind if we…