Drishyam 2 movie rating: 2.5 / 5 stars (two and a half stars)
Star Cast: Mohanlal, Meena, Ansiba, Esther Anil, Asha Sharath and together.
Director: Jeethu Joseph
What is good: the predecessor, which was so robust that mentions of it are the strongest points of the full sequel.
What is bad: the hope that the public will continue to chew the same gum forever and increase its power to suspend disbelief twice as much as expected.
Loo break: little when it becomes too predictable or unrealistic.
Watch or not ?: I want you to just watch why not make a sequel to a perfect masala thriller, or only do it when you’re sure the storyline has surpassed the first part.
So 6 years have passed since the police officially investigated the controversial Georgekutty case and found nothing. But it turns out the police department has no other big business to deal with, and they’ve decided to jail the suspicious family. A secret investigation leads to where the boy was buried (watch part 1 for where), and George’s cinematic instincts are at work again, but far from realism this time around.
Drishyam 2 movie review: script analysis
The best thing about Drishyam was the fact that none of the characters were just black or white. Everyone was in the gray area and had a subjective purpose for everything they did. A man who is determined to save his family uses knowledge of movies (watching them is his passion) to get rid of a murder charge and even succeeds. A mother in search of her son, mischievously composed but also vulnerable.
Drishyam 2 almost forgets these nuances, at least for its supporting pieces. What we get is a one-tone story about a man who’s been there day and night and only thinks about what if. Written again by Jeethu Joseph, the sequel story takes off 6 years after the point where we last left. The family is still experiencing the trauma and the night continues to haunt them. What follows is a happy montage, an attempt to give Anju a normal life, the ghost of the past returns, and Mohanlal is the silent superhero again.
But what’s missing this time around is the glue of realism to tie that together. The scenario takes too long to set up a universe we already know. These are just the adult avatars and the changing professions that we need to know about. Not that it gets more interesting when it gets out of hand.
While the first part highlighted the fact that Georgekutty is a movie fan and learned life-saving methods from it. But when he used them, there was a dash of disbelief, and the audience was able to digest that because the realism was high. With Drishyam 2 the relationship goes completely upside down and the twists become more of “it’s only possible because it’s a movie”.
Keep in mind that sometimes when the plot points in the first part create a twist, it becomes intriguing and you can guess the strength of the predecessor from that. When the big twist comes right before the climax and you’re intrigued, the castle finally falls. But the end (which will divide the audience) arrives, it does not reward much.
Drishyam 2 Movie Review: Performance Star
Mohanlal continues to play the silent leader in the sequel but with less of a cunning smile this time around. The actor manages to make his balanced demeanor work, but the environment that is about to qualify as OTT does not support him. But the actor is true to his caliber and there is no weak movement.
Meena continues to be the mother she was in Part 1 and gives her the most warmth and vulnerability. The best thing about casting is picking up the original cast and bringing the reality to at least that department.
Ansiba and Esther Anil do what is expected of them, but the former surpasses. Asha Sharath has one tone and it bothered me a lot.
Drishyam 2 movie review: direction, music
Jeethu Joseph seems to have tried to evolve according to the generation with his leadership. It polishes the edges too much, leaving no room for the public to bid on the possible outcomes. The conversation ends up being one-sided, and that defeats the purpose of a thriller drama.
What he succeeds in capturing is the impact of the villagers watching the family and how even their slightest movement is under the watchful eye of those who have nothing to do with them or the matter.
The camera doesn’t do wonders here either. It is as essential as possible. It is the same with music.
Drishyam 2 movie review: the last word
As said, this is a guide to why some things should be left where they are or only touched when you are 200% sure. Mohanlal’s Drishyam 2 isn’t a prequel the franchise deserved.
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Drishyam 2 releases February 19, 2021.
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