May 30, 2016

Wazir | The corny movie review by Navin

Wazir
Farhan Akhtar and the Big B have come together to create a movie about vengeance  - served fresh and masterly cooked.

The movie is about the grief and retribution, first of Farhan's character (Danish) when his young daughter is killed in a shoot-out and then about Big B's character (Omkar) who has been stewing in the grief of having lost his beloved daughter in a mysterious way.
If you have a critical eye, you'll notice that there are countless silly mistakes, glaring continuity and technical errors peppered in the movie. For instance, for anyone who has been drenched in torrential rain can vouch, a wallet won't stand a chance and you will have to dry-clean the contents before you are even capable of folding it, but Omkar's wallet appears to fall to the ground still folded and even when Danish finds it, the wallet is perfectly dry and limber. Ditto for the John Abraham's bit role, where he provides a sniper backup to Farhan in the climax. A professional sniper will never scope from a window opening. How a movie as meticulous as this misses a finer detail (which is also the point where the plot thickens) is what will make this movie just another try at being the best.

However, if you are willing to oversee these mistakes, the movie is a gripping tale and easily one of those movies you can watch to whittle-away 2 hours. 
Farhan appears to have a perpetual angry frown and looks every bit the cop who is out to get vengeance. That said, I doubt if our police and intel agencies have protocols that are as fluid as was portrayed in the movie. 
Big B looks devious and plays the treacherous villain disguised as the hapless pawn in the movie. 
No one else gives a performance worth a mention. 

In case the title/poster hasn't given it away already, Wazir is an amateur chess-lover's movie. 
Like any other movie of this genre, many loose ends are tied by the time the movie ends and Farhan's character gives a very tepid smile and an equally lackluster hug that Aditi Rao Hydari's character (who plays Ruhana, Danish's wife) gives him.

Would I recommend it?
This isn't a Jason Bourne movie. It isn't even close to that.
It doesn't have the technical and story-telling finesse of a Hollywood thriller. 
Songs! It has 27 minutes of songs in a 107 minute movie! Songs have been used as a movie tool to fast-forward through the movie. 
Wazir definitely is an above-average movie. It doesn't get the 'Just Pass' grade, but makes it through to 'First Class', but this movie doesn't deserve the acclaim and pomp it got. For audiences who have been fed on scripts that are a lot tighter and gripping, Wazir is like a balloon that deflates even before you get to the car.

My rating: 4

What does the rating mean? 
0-4  : Not worth your presence in the same zip code as the TV/Theater.
5-7  : Err... the movie is pretty, but it's definitely missing something. A storyline, that is.

8-10: 'Drop-the-dishes, stop-the-sex, jaw-dropping, that-is-incredible' 2 hours of movie experience.
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