Monster review: A comedy entertainer
SJ Suryah's Moinster is a well-written comedy entertainer
Critic's Rating: 3/5
Friday 17 May 2019
SJ Suryah, Priya Bhavani Shankar, Karunakaran
The moral values and the feel-good factor of Disney’s animation films are matchless. Due to lack of budget and limited market, Tamil filmmakers and producers are yet to explore the animation arena. But Nelson Venkatesan (who made that interesting Oru Naal Koothu) has delivered Monster, a cute comedy entertainer with a subtle moral message in a convincing manner.
Anjanam Azhagiya Pillai (SJ Suryah) is a devotee of Vallalar and hence, he respects each and every living creature from very young age. Anjanam, an engineer in Electricity board has two major goals in life- to get married and own a house. As soon as he moves to his new flat, Anjanam gets the nod from the bride’s (Priya Bhavanishankar) side. Though the new house turns out to be lucky for Anjanam, he cannot sleep peacefully because of a naughty rat which turns his house and life upside down.
Meanwhile, a diamond smuggler Sarath (Anil Kumar) who lived in Anjanam’s house in the past comes in search for his hidden diamonds. Will Sarath gets his diamond back and how Anjanam escapes from the torture of the rat forms the crux of the story…
Now, this is a comedy entertainer. The writing is innovative and sensible. Nelson Venkatesan and Shankar Doss has not relied on crass comedy one-liners, body shaming, Thala-Thalapathy references, and more such stereotypes. The dialogues are very much within the boundary of the storyline and characterizations, which offers a refreshing movie watching experience.
While SJ Suryah has already proved that he can steal the show as the menacing villain, with Monster, he proves his comic capability. The actor’s facial expressions are on par with veterans like Nagesh and Chandrababu. After a long time, Karunakaran’s comedy one-liners genuinely evoke good laughter. The homely looking Priya Bhavani is refreshing though she doesn’t have big scope to perform.
Justin Prabhakaran’s music is another big strength for the film, the songs are quite catchy and his background score is excellent. Gokul Benoy’s cinematography and the angles he has used to capture the movement of the rat deserves applause. The one major drawback of Monster is its length, an urgent twenty minutes trim required so that the film would look crisper.
To conclude, Monster is a harmless comedy entertainer which is sure to work with the kids and families for its theme and likable presentation.
Monster review: Well written comedy entertainer