Thursday, 14 February 2013

pizza movie review

Cast: Vijay Sethupathy, Ramya Nambeesan, Naren, Jayakumar, Karunakaran

Direction: Karthik Subbaraj

Genre: Thriller

Duration: 2 hours 8 minutes


Synopsis: Michael (Vijay Sethupathy) lives with girlfriend Anu ( Ramya Nambeesan) and works as a deliveryman at a pizzeria. One day, Anu announces that she is pregnant and he is faced with a dilemma. They decide to marry and save up for a big bash later. But during a routine delivery one day, the pizza crumbles...

Movie Review: At a time when lavishly mounted movies are biting the dust, Karthik Subbaraj serves up a sumptuous delight with his very first feature film, made on a budget possibly less than four times that of a big star's movie. If he maintains the quality of his menu and future offerings, Karthik, who gained much praise for his short films, is sure to become one of Kollywood's top directors.

Karthik, who has written the story and screenplay too, displays a strong control of the medium and gives abundant display of his narrative skills. He keeps the red herrings coming at regular intervals, never allowing the audience to guess what he has in store for them. Just when you think "Ah, I know what is coming", he springs a surprise on you.

Karthik gets able support from cinematographer Gopi Amarnath, who provides the necessary toppings to the pizza. It would not be wrong to say that the movie would not have been half as enjoyable if not for him. He does a brilliant job in the scenes shot in the haunted house, where sometimes the only source of lighting is a torch held by the actor. His camera angles and lighting provide the necessary eeriness to keep the audience on the edge of its seats, and with the songMogathirai..., he proves that he can also shoot bright and beautiful romantic sequences.

More seasoning is provided by music composer Santosh Narayanan, who earlier scored a winner with Attakathi, and editor Leo John Paul. The good background score by Santosh and the tight editing of Leo John ensure that the pizza remains crispy.

Vijay Sethupathy, whose first film in a lead role was the natonal award winner Thenmerku Paruvakatru and was later seen in Sundarapandiyan, gets an author-backed role and does full justice to it. For a huge chunk of the movie, he is the only character on the screen but it is thanks to his performance that there is not one dull moment. Whether it is nervousness, fear or anger, he gets all the emotions bang on. Other actors like Ramya and Naren, who plays the owner of the pizza parlour, are adequate.

The characters and dialogues are well-etched and as real as possible. While most directors would have refrained, Karthik shows the lead pair in a live-in relationship and openly discussing sex and pregnancy. And when the man throws a fit over his uniform not being washed, she slaps him back. It is welcome to see directors show a mirror to society in their movies, rather than resort to cliched themes and styles of presentation.


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