Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Weekend Watch

Akale (Far Away) by director Shyamaprasad is based on Tennessee William's semi-autobiographical play 'The Glass Menagerie'. It is a pretty good adaptation, as adaptations go - except for a highly irritating performance by veteran Sheela (of Chemmeen fame), and a surprisingly tame ending. However, Geethu Mohandas is a walloping success as the main protagonist Rose (named so after Tennessee William's own sister - the character in the play was called Laura); she successfully underplays the physical deformity as well as the character's timidity. Worth your time.

Old Boy came highly recommended, and with good reason. It is a terrific movie by any standards; fans of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill series would appreciate it even more. The movie boasts of a unique plot: the hero of the movie is abruptly abducted, locked up for 15 years and then released. The rest of the movie is all about how the hero finds out the reasons for his imprisonment. All I can say is that the climax is wholly unexpected, and mindblowing. Min-sik Choi is truly a great actor. IMHO, its a must-watch, despite somewhat poor sub-titling.

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