I’ve been fairly content with 2015 as far as film viewing goes. I got to watch 4 movies that I thoroughly enjoyed on the big screen- starting with OK Kanmani, Premam, Baahubali and then finally Ennu Ninte Moideen. Each film has a special place in my heart for their own reasons, some hogging a little more space than others. 2016 for me starts with a film that I hope will set the mood for the rest of the year. 2016 starts with Charlie; advocating feel-goodness and the beauty of life and happiness for all. And honestly, after a disproportionately upsetting and tiring week I needed a little happiness.
As a film, Charlie is everything it promises to be; a simple love story that makes you smile and urges you to make others do the same.
Released in 2015, the year that churned out 2 of the biggest romantic blockbusters the industry has ever seen, comparison is somewhat inevitable. But you shouldn’t go in expecting a ‘mass-y’ editing extravaganza or an epic masterpiece love story.
Expect beautiful visuals, stunning performances, lovely music. Expect the sudden urge to drop everything you’re doing, pick up a backpack, and travel the world in hope of meeting your own Charlie/s or becoming Charlie yourself.
Charlie is the kind of movie that ends leaving you like ‘wait…what? It’s finished??! No…but, but, but…why.’ I didn’t want it to be over. I wanted to see so much more. I wanted to see all the adventures Charlie and Tessa have together. I wanted to see Tessa making him do laps behind her jeep as punishment for the cat and mouse game he played. I wanted to see Charlie meeting Tessa’s NRI suitor with the dialogue ‘Ayyai! Evanano parishkari?!’
Needless to say, I left the theatre with a smile on my face. And despite it’s flaws, Charlie is a film with a lot of heart (and a lot of hugs).
Enthiyalum, sambhavam colour ayye!
I’m not sure if I’m even allowed to have an opinion on Dulquer related things anymore because you might need more than fog lights to see through the bias, but you know what, screw it. Here’s what I thought (as spoiler free as I could make it):