Annabelle Sethupathi, Reviews

Critic’s Score: 2.5/5


A household of thieves is compelled to remain in a palace that’s believed to be haunted. Will they turn out to be the newest victims of the ghosts?

Film Overview:

 At the outset, let’s make it very clear that Annabelle Sethupathi shouldn’t be your typical pei Padam. Regardless that the movie includes ghosts, a palace and a bunch of comedians, it isn’t a horror-comedy, just like the Aranmanai franchise. In reality, the ghosts within the place are literally ones in search of salvation. In reality, they’re ghosts who don’t need to scare away the individuals who enter their place!

At a conceptual stage, that is a fascinating take to have for a movie with ghosts, and the remainder of Annabelle Sethupathi, too, has many concepts which are good on paper. A rare palace that has been constructed by consultants from totally different continents. A ghost who prepares a feast. A protagonist who has past-life regressions, however, isn’t too bothered by them. An antagonist who’s a clueless ghost.

A romance between two people who’re from totally different cultures and converse totally different languages. The extravagant lifestyle of the kings of the yesteryears. A climax that doesn’t contain the clichéd ghost-getting-its-revenge concept.

Nevertheless, the difficulty is that everyone these stays thrilling solely as concepts. The movie is crammed with flatly directed scenes that lack the rhythm that comedy wants. It depends solely on the actors, who’re sporting sufficient to behave ridiculously, to make the scenes humorous. Take the scene by which Rajendra Prasad, who performs one of many thieves, prances around a room with a sword considering he’s on their lonesome.

Sadly for him, Chetan and Devadarshini, who’re ghosts, occur to be in the exact same room, and seeing him with a sword, Chetan, who was royalty when he was alive, decides to affix him. However, all that Rajendra Prasad can see is a sword preventing him by itself. He runs away in panic, and Chetan, realising that he has scared the man, runs after him, apologising for scaring him.

However, all that the previous can see is a sword that is after him, which solely doubles his worry. That is one thing that ought to have been immediately humorous on display, however going by the way in which it’s directed, it solely comes throughout as infantile.

Sadly, a lot of the humour within the movie is of this type. Maybe, the concept was to make the movie attractive to children, just like the Muni franchise, which, regardless of its faults, additionally has sturdy melodrama to make sure that the adults are engaged as properly.

Right here, in attempting to maintain issues gentle always, the director takes away each trace of drama, so even tragic moments don’t have an effect on us as they need to.

Issues get considerably higher within the second half, with Vijay Sethupathi and Taapsee making a broadly written romance work. Plus, the actors are in good type. Radikaa Sarathkumar will get to channel Yogi Babu in a scene and it’s enjoyable to see the veteran actor in a comic book position.

Whereas he has been funnier in lots of movies, Yogi Babu manages to make us chuckle a couple of instances along with his one-liners and anchors the motley bunch of supporting actors.

The director well makes use of this character to lend a self-aware vibe to the movie, commenting on the horror film tropes that we come throughout in our movies. Ultimately, you are feeling like having watched a movie by which the forged and crew appear to have had enjoyable making it.

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