“Watchman”… GV Prakash gets help from a golden retriever in an unsatisfying thriller

Posted on April 12, 2019

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Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/watchman-movie-review-baradwaj-rangan-gv-prakash-kumar-vijay/

Watchman is a thriller, and it runs a mere 90-something minutes. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but a clever script and clever direction can work wonders in this running time, paring away the fat (say, character-building) and concentrating on the more bone-chilling aspects. Steven Spielberg’s Duel is a classic example. You don’t know why things are happening, or whom they are happening to. The only thing that matters is what is happening. (Not knowing adds to our disorientation.) But will Tamil audiences accept that kind of spareness, that level of “pure cinema”? That seems to have been the question on writer-director AL Vijay’s mind, for he fills the entire first half with flab. Bala (GV Prakash Kumar) is being harassed by a loan shark, and meanwhile, he has to get engaged to Anita (Samyuktha Hegde), and meanwhile, someone has to crack a joke about Yogi Babu’s looks…

Continued at the link above.

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