“Monster”… An entertaining live-action cartoon about a man who battles a rat

Posted on May 31, 2019


Spoilers ahead…

Read the full review on Film Companion, here: https://www.filmcompanion.in/monster-movie-review-monster-with-sj-surya-is-an-entertaining-live-cction-cartoon-about-a-man-who-battles-a-rat-baradwaj-rangan/

After Oru Naal Koothu, Nelson Venkatesan makes a hell of a U-turn with Monster. I mean, it’s like watching a right-handed batsman suddenly switch to his left, or a dog person suddenly swearing allegiance to cats. If I appear to be making a big deal about something one should take for granted from filmmakers — that they make all kinds of films — it’s because, they so seldom do. We may get someone making a light drama after a heavy one, but Nelson Venkatesan has followed up a sobering look at modern-day marriage with the kind of film where Sivaji Ganesan’s hammy acting in Miruthanga Chakravarthy is used as a hilarious reaction shot. Monster is like nothing we’ve seen in Tamil cinema. It’s a live-action cartoon — the closest example I can think of is Home Alone. Instead of a boy trying to save his home from thieves, we have a man trying to rid his home of a rat.

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