Film: Jagga Jasoos
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Katrina Kaif, Saswata Chatterjee
Directed by: Anurag Basu
Duration: 2 hr 48 mins
Rating: * *
Jagga Jasoos is an ambitious film all right but because of the inconsistency and the length, it ends up being a disappointment. Kids might love it in bits and pieces, if they can stay awake through the whole length of the film that is.
The film is gorgeously shot by Ravi Varman and the film makers have attempted to do something different in the form of a musical – while the effort can be applauded, it also becomes a frustrating watch because of the over indulgence.
Ranbir Kapoor plays Jagga, a fan of Feluda and Sherlock Holmes, who has an eye for detail. He stutters while speaking hence he has to sing his lines. In his childhood, he is taken care of by a kind man (Saswata Chatterjee) whom he considers to be father figure In his early days in school (yes, thanks to his boyish charm, Ranbir plays a school boy), he cracks the case of a school teacher’s death very cleverly. The problem is that the whole episode takes eternity to play out before we move ahead to the main course which revolves around the arms dropping incident that took place in Purulia in the 90’s. Shruti (Katrina Kaif) a journalist investigating the matter bumps across Jagga and the two try to dig deep into the matter.
An intelligence officer (Saurabh Shukla) is involved in the disappearance of Jagga’s foster father and the matter leads to Africa where our hero and heroine land, leading to a rather messy climax that becomes comical.
Jagga Jaoos works in parts – as a musical it works, thanks to Pritam’s music score, while couple of songs are unnecessarily thrown in, by and large the music works. The visuals are remarkable and every frame is like a post card – alas, a whole film cannot survive only on that and the writing and editing leaves a lot to be desired.
Ranbir Kapoor plays the lead role with a certain charm – he makes the character even more likable. Saswata Chatterjee and Saurabh Shukla are bankable while Katrina purely fulfils the glamour quotient.
Jagga Jasoos is likable at times but it is too long for its own good.
Film: War for the Planet of the Apes
Cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn
Directed by: Matt Reeves
Duration: 2 hrs 19 mins
Rating: * * * 1 / 2
The Planet of the Apes reboot which started in 2011 with Rise of Planet of the Apes delivered a worthy sequel with Dawn of Planet of the Apes (2014) and this third instalment, War for the Planet of the Apes is in the same mould. No contemporary franchise has been so consistent when it comes to delivering good quality cinema.
The previous films are effectively summarised in one line during the opening credits – the world is on the brink of war as humans are trying to hunt down the apes lead by a rather ruthless army colonel (Woody Harrelson).
The plot focuses on the simians telling their story which gives an interesting perspective – humans are the villains here trying to destroy them. Even though it may be a war between the army and the apes, the parallels are there to see. ‘Ape-pocalypse Now’ is scrawled on a wall, not that you need a reminder as to what this is all about.
Caesar (played brilliantly by Andy Serkis in motion capture) is thirsty for the blood of the colonel who is responsible for the death of his family members. He is out there seeking vengeance, which is not easy to come. Apart from guns and other armoury, the army guys also have apes working for them, who are referred to as ‘donkeys’.
Director Matt Reeves has kept equal focus on both the elements – the technical and the emotional angle of the story not to mention the other points that it makes. The film can also be considered as a war movie in the traditional fashion of the films of yore.
While the action and CGI is impressive, some of the close ups of Caesar’s face speak volumes. Andy Serkis, the main stay of motion capture has come a long way since he started the trend as Gollum in Lord of the Rings.
War for the Planet of the Apes is a commendable film that gives you something to write home about.