Kadal Kadannoru Mathukkutty malayalam movie review

Expectations have been running high on director Ranjith, especially after he had paired up with a multifaceted actor like Mammootty. Social satire, strong script and unexpected characters are the hallmark of a Ranjith film – many of which have been blockbusters. Sadly, that special Ranjith magic was missing from Kadal kadannoru Mathukutty whose chief weakness was a script that is both underpowered and underwritten.

The story started promisingly enough. Matthew George or Mathukutty is a Keralite who stays in Germany and he is not much respected by his family. He is sent by a Kerala cultural Association to Kerala to fix up a show with Mohanlal and others. He accepts happily and begins his journey with his wife Jansamma (played by Muthumani). The rest of the plot deals with how he is gradually disillusioned with his home country.

The film contains Ranjith’s trademark cracks against alcoholism and corruption, but the strong social satire that the audience has come to expect from his earlier movies like Pranchiyettan, kayyoppu and Indian Rupee. The scenes appear clumsy and artificial. One example is the scene where Anandan serves Scotch whiskey to Kochunni. The fact is that the film is not a sentimental rediscovery, a romantic comedy or a social satire. It appears rather contrived.

Mammootty has worked well but the role did not present him with any challenges. The cameos by Mohanlal, Jayaram and Dileep are diverting while good work has been done by Tini Tom as the venomous reporter. Shahabaz Aman’s music and Madhu Neelakantan’s cinematography are two brightest spots in the film.

Verdict : The movie lacked the customary flair that the audience has come to expect from a typical Ranjith flick. The script is a major weakness. Unnecessary subplots were dragged out ,while interesting plots were left unfinished. Overall, it has been a huge letdown.

Rating : 2.25 /5

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