August: Osage County | Movie Review


With a brilliant, star-studded cast, I was expecting quite a bit from August: Osage County. Though I was a little perturbed by the end, I wasn’t disappointed.

Based on the award-winning play by Tracie Letts (playwriter and screenplay), August: Osage County is a drama about dysfunctional family trying to find solace by abusing and shattering each other. Honestly, the movie is quite disturbing, for it depicts each member of the family tearing apart the other irrespective of their relations. It’s a movie portraying how ugly things could be if you aren’t up to face your demons within the walls of your home. Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts play out of their skins to bring life to this drama., while Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberback comes up with another fine performance. The rest of the cast is equally brilliant. Direction by John Wells is neat, while the screenplay by Letts is pacy.

Is it worth your time and money??: While it features some spectacular performances, August: Osage County is not a film for everyone. As mentioned, it is very disturbing and makes you think how lucky one is for not having such a screwed up family. Watch it at your own discretion.

Acting: 9.5/10
Story-Screenplay-Direction: 6/10
Technical Aspects: 8/10

Verdict: 7/10

1: Nenokkadine | Movie Review


Though I’ve watched some really good movies in the recent past (American Hustle and Wolf of Wall Street to name a couple), I haven’t felt inclined to write a review, mostly because enough has already been said about these movies. But after watching 1: Nenokkadine, I feel compelled to write one.

Having read some mixed reviews about the movie, I was eagerly waiting to watch it to judge it myself. It finally released in Singapore a week later after it did in India, and spending as much as I would for an IMAX movie ($20), here I was in a packed auditorium on a Sunday evening.

Scripted and directed by Sukumar, 1: Nenokkadine is a sigh of relief from the regular commercial Telugu movies coming out lately (where Brahmanandam gets slapped for no reason). The unique concept was very well conceived by Sukumar, and Mahesh Babu did a tremendous job to pull it off. The first half of the movie is really gripping (especially the first fight, and few of the Goa episodes). However, the lack of effective screenplay pulls down the movie in the second half. Though the direction is neat, the screenplay which is great in parts, could have been way better. The length (close to 3 hours) also doesn’t help viewers sustain interest for this genre. Nevertheless, the twists were good, and Sukumar did a good job to explain most without leaving any loose end (But for the hero getting away with multiple murders in a foreign land).

On the acting front, it’s more or less a cakewalk for Mahesh. He looked great, and was amazingly good in the imaginative episodes. His dances definitely need a mention. It was good to see the heroine get a full length role. Newcomer Kriti Sanon looked gorgeous and did a decent job. Posani was a little irritating with his fake Punjabi accent and “Dudu”. The rest of the cast was alright.

Music by DSP is more or less mediocre, but the background score is pretty good (and haunting). Cinematography by Rathnavelu is of top-notch quality. However, just like the screenplay, editing work by Karthika Srinivas is another negative. As already mentioned, films of such genre need to be short and crisp, and this is where 1: Nenokkadine loses out.

Is it worth your time and money??: As you must have already read, this is not a film for everyone. It’s a thriller with pretty good twists and turns, and some great acting from Mahesh. On the flip side, the ineffective screenplay and the run time make the film lose steam. Nevertheless, 1: Nenokkadine is a good watch. If you appreciate different genres, I’d suggest you watch this one.

Acting: 8.5/10
Story-Screenplay-Direction: 7/10
Technical Aspects: 8/10

Verdict: 8/10