‘Jailer’ movie review: Rajinikanth and Nelson make a captivating comeback that majorly works – The Hindu

A line from our evaluation of Rajinikanth’s first movie, Apoorva Raagangal (1975), goes, “Newcomer Rajinikanth is dignified and spectacular.” Even after virtually 50 years, the actor has managed to take care of if not multifold that dignity and impressiveness; one thing that has been etched in his followers’ minds within the type of the “Vayasanalum un style-um, azhagum…” dialogue from Padayappa. It’s this seasoned charisma, together with filmmaker Nelson’s quirky touches, that make their newest collaboration Jailer an fulfilling entertainer.

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Within the movie, the veteran actor performs Muthuvel Pandian, a retired jailer who spends his time serving to shoot movies for his grandson’s YouTube channel. When his son Arjun (Vasanth Ravi), a conscientious cop, digs deep into an idol smuggling racket, bother knocks on Muthu’s door. Blaming the scenario on his sincere ways in which have apparently rubbed on his son, Muthu steps again right into a world he voluntarily took a break from.

Jailer (Tamil)
Director: Nelson
Forged: Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Shiva Rajkumar, Jackie Shroff, Ramya Krishnan, Sunil, Vinayakan, Vasanth Ravi, Tamannaah, Yogi Babu
Runtime: 169 minutes
Storyline: A retired jailer has to get again into motion when his cop son’s tryst with a mafia gang goes awry

Other than incredible visuals, wacky humour, and lead characters sporting deadpan faces, all of Nelson’s earlier three movies have had relatively easy plots which can be accentuated by the director’s nifty concepts; Jailer is not any completely different. The truth is, Jailer would possibly really feel much like Thangappathakkam (1974) to senior audiences whereas the kids are positive to be reminded of Kamal Haasan’s newest hit Vikram. Each the current movies, other than that includes the legendary stars in age-appropriate characters, are about males who had been as soon as officers in service however at the moment are out for blood, with their trusted connections, to avenge their son’s destiny. However the similarities cease there, as Vikram is a web page from a cinematic universe… whereas Jailer is a cinematic universe compressed into one function. Nelson packs Jailer with a number of characters and regardless of restricted display area for nearly all of them, they virtually slot in completely like items of a giant puzzle.

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Rajinikanth in a still from ‘Jailer’

Rajinikanth in a nonetheless from ‘Jailer’
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The largest pillar of assist for Jailer is its racy screenplay and proper from the get-go, we’re thrown into the thick of it. Inside moments, Muthu is out on a mission and the movie shifts to prime gear till intermission. It’s within the second half the place the movie wavers a little bit into inconsistent territory. Whereas cameos from Mohanlal and Shiva Rajkumar are glorious additions, the identical can’t be stated about different characters which can be launched within the second half.

Other than his first movie Kolamaavu Kokila, Nelson has additionally had bother writing sturdy feminine characters and it hasn’t modified in Jailer as effectively. The much-awaited Padayappa-Neelambari reunion that includes Rajini and Ramya Krishnan (who performs his spouse Vijaya) isn’t as sensational as one may need needed it to be. In the meantime, Vinayakan does a incredible job because the menacing antagonist, however his character Varma doesn’t find yourself being an equal foe to Muthu. Furthermore, for all of the righteousness that Muthu bats for, his flashback glorifies custodial violence.

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What makes the remainder of the movie palatable are Rajinikanth’s sheer presence and Nelson’s distinctive sense of humour and fan service, which, unsurprisingly, transcends the boundaries of mere fandom. Nelson’s love for the Breaking Unhealthy collection has been evident from his earlier three movies and in Jailer too, the inspirations have inconspicuously seeped in. Muthu’s character shares various similarities to Mike Ehrmantraut, one of many hit collection’ fan-favourite characters. Even Varma’s underground den reminds one of many tremendous lab beneath the commercial laundry and the ‘use of acid to get rid of our bodies’ trope is a transparent reference to the collection. Easter eggs to Rajini movies are aplenty; just like the mentions of Baasha, a scene pandering to Rajini’s snake ‘sentiment’, a callback to his iconic ‘Na oru thadava sonna’ line, and even his character identify Muthuvel Pandian being a mix of two of his iconic characters, Muthu and Alex Pandian. Not solely are these gratifying however double as a hat-tip to the nostalgic magical moments of cinema many people grew up watching.

Add to which can be some first rate motion sequences which can be emphasised by Anirudh’s banger rating and scintillatingly shot by Vijay Kartik Kannan; there are a variety of mass sequences too that we missed in Nelson’s earlier movie Beast. Rajini’s final two movies, Annaatthe and Darbar, had been additionally underwhelming, to say the least, which explains why they tread on protected grounds for many of this outing.

Jailer is likely to be removed from excellent, however with the towering presence of Rajinikanth standing tall together with Nelson’s fortified writing, this can be a commendable comeback for each the actor and filmmaker.

Jailer is at present working in theatres

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