Hero review: An engaging entertainer for families!

Hero review: An engaging entertainer for families!

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Critic's Rating: 3.5/5

Friday 20 December 2019

Movie Title

Hero review: An engaging entertainer for families!


PS Mithran

Star Cast

Sivakarthikeyan, Arjun, Kalyani, Ivana

KJR Studios, vigilante superhero film Hero is a tribute to Shankar's Gentleman. 

In fact, there is a dialogue in the film saying  that a Gentleman is not enough to change the educational system but we need a Hero. While Shankar's Gentleman dealt with the capitation fee and reservation issues, Hero talks about intellectual theft and how corporates oppress the inventions of young minds. Sixteen years has passed by, but the educational system remains the same in both Gentleman and Hero, which is the sad state of our country! But it helped the director for a reboot!

Despite being a rank holder, Sakthi (Sivakarthikeyan) was forced to sell his certificate at his young age and eventually becomes a fake certificate maker in North Chennai. Sakthi also gets college seats to students from affluent families by paying an exorbitant capitation fee. But when Mathi(Ivana) a young girl who he considers like his sister, loses her future and life due to the corrupt education system, our hero decides to  become a SuperHero.

A revolutionary modern educationalist Murthy (Arjun) along with his students help Sakthi with their innovations and advanced technical equipment. Now our Hero should fight against the corporate criminal Mahadev (Abhay Deol) who is destroying the lives of the young inventors...

To be honest, Arjun overshadows Sivakarthikeyan in many scenes, especially in the elevation scenes and action episodes. But we have to appreciate Sivakarthikeyan for allowing the Arjun character to score above him. Siva is good as a carefree youngster and he has performed well in the emotional scenes with Ivana. But the superhero action episodes are a bit unbelievable. 

The film would have worked well as a vigilante film but the Superhero angle enhances the commercial packaging! Kalyani Priyadarshan makes a neat debut in Tamil, she looks simple and is impressive while Ivana steals our heart! Abhay Deol's characterization and performance start off with a promising note but ends with the usual cliched climax. There are no distractions like forced songs or unwanted comedy. 

Technically, Yuvan Shankar Raja elevates the emotional and action scenes with his background score. George C William has provided the rich and grandeur flavor to the film but the duration could've been shorter by at least fifteen minutes.

PS Mithran's basic idea is very innovative, he has sketched a fact-based screenplay with solid research on the modern-day inventions of youngsters. The film becomes preachy towards the end with some unbelievable facts and self-indulgence. The idea of projecting one villain for all the educational crimes is silly.

Overall, Hero is a must watch for families this holiday season, which has a relevant message on the modern-day educational system. 

Hero review: An engaging entertainer

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