Marakkar movie review: Mohanlal’s movie is a visual extravaganza
Movie name: Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham
Mohanlal’s Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is the most expensive Malayalam film ever to be made, and it can be seen on screen. Directed by Priyadarshan, the war film, which has been on the shelves for over a year, finally hits theaters today, December 2. The film deserves a theatrical release, purely because of the captivating visuals.
The period drama features the rise and fall of Kunjali Marakkar (Mohanlal), who is the Commander-in-Chief of the King of Kozhikode’s Navy. Kunjali (Pranav Mohanlal played the younger version) sees the death of his mom and all of his family. He, with his uncle, goes into exile and slowly becomes the messiah of the masses. Later, when fighting for the people, the king of Kozhikode takes his help in defeating the Portuguese.
Along with this, Kunjali’s close collaborator Chinnali (Jay J Jakkrit) falls in love with Archa (Keerthy Suresh), which is a blow to him and his followers. What happens to Kunjali and the people who believe it, forms history.
Director Priyadarshan did a phenomenal job weaving a story about Kunjali Marakkar, who is considered to be India’s first freedom fighter. The film makes it clear that the historical facts about Marakkar’s life are vague. But, Priyadarshan and Ani Sasi did a commendable job of blending historical facts with fictional history.
The film is a visual spectacle! It’s Mollywood’s most expensive movie, and it’s showing up on screen. No wonder the film won the national award for best special effects. The infographics are up to international standards. The combat sequence staged at sea, where the Zamorins clash with the Portuguese, particularly stands out.
Marakkar is not a flawless film. The scenario is disappointing because it seems disjointed, especially in the first half. It lacks consistency and sometimes there is no continuity between one sequence and another. We will have to hang on to the information and wait for decision makers to provide the closure. Because the film is 3 hours and 1 minute long, keeping information for a long time becomes almost impossible.
Additionally, Marakkar does not reveal his identity when fighting the Zamorins. At one point, he is forced to reveal his identity. What was meant to be one of the film’s highlights left no lasting impact.
Mohanlal as Kunjali Marakkar delivered a great performance. In a scene where he collapses, he proves why he is hailed as one of the best actors in the country. Siddique, Prabhu, Arjun Sarja, Harish Peradi, Ashok Selvan, Manju Warrier and Keerthy Suresh lived up to their respective roles.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is technically sound. Tirru’s cinematography is exceptional. The same goes for the editing by MS Aiyyappan Nair. Marakkar’s background music did their best to uplift the mood of the film.
Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham is an interesting war film that features clever handwriting in parts.
3 out of 5 for Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham.
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