Kamlaah’s review published on Letterboxd:
I watched this in the worst theater screen ever and I'm going to go back there one day and watch as it burns because it has ruined a lot of my cinematic memories because I literally don't have anywhere to go. Y'all will see it on the news in a few days.
Anyway, I liked the movie a lot even though I still think this should have been a series. I haven't read the book but this movie has a PLOT. A lot of people around me who were late even five minutes were confused because of all the subplots and characters and motivations. I didn't though, because I'm smart but still, a I would have loved to see this story expanded in long form cause its insanely intriguing. Now, I know people who read the book are mad at this and others have said that this is badly directed because Ratnam's style is so far away fron what we expect a period drama movie to have. And I won't lie, some of the choices did make me frown and the action scenes aren't great but there are plenty of magnificent moments as well. All the performances are great, especially Vikram (that pre-interval scene 🔥😳), Karthi (so funny and fun) both Aishwarya (one is quietly, but persuasively venal and the other is delightfully natural and sharp)and Trisha (steely and graceful) and Rahman's music is great as usual. One quibble though, this doesn't have a great dance sequence, I mean, the ones this has are cute but not Mani Ratnam gorgeous. Anyway, the last shot of this made the audience gasp and I can't wait for the sequel next year.