Richie review:Delivers a welcome kick!
Nivin Pauly's Tamil is pretty decent and his screen presence and swag is brilliant
Friday 8 December 2017
Nivin Pauly,Natarajan Subramaniam,Shraddha Srinath
Richie, the neo-noir crime drama begins with a brief ancient story on friendship, betrayal and greed (in graphics). The film's basic plot deals with these three factors and since the story line is quite plain and the director opts for a non-linear screenplay to engage the audience.
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To give credit where it’s due director Gautham Ramachandran delivers on both style and content. A remake of 2014 Kannada film Ulidavaru Kandanthethe, Richie works due to riveting performances and thrilling plot dynamics.
A journalist (Shraddha Srinath) is writing an article on a popular murder in Manapad. Different people say different stories about the murder and the unpredictable evil nature of the protagonist Richie (Nivin Pauly). But slowly, we come to know about him- his friendship, loyalty and fearless nature.The backdrop of Richie is set in Manapad with characters full of life and nativity. The people in Manapad are sketched with many shades and a lot of conflicts.
It's a gutsy move by the makers to have Nivin Pauly only for fifteen minutes in the first half. However, the second half of the film connects all the dots and end up with unexpected series of events.
Nivin Pauly's Tamil is pretty decent and his screen presence and swag is brilliant. Natty Natraj is good. The rest of the cast are just okay. Gorgeously shot, crisply edited, and handsomely mounted, Richie is tinged with humor and heightened by music. Technically, Richie is exceptional with an exemplary cinematography by Pandikumar and stunning score by Ajaneesh.
Richie is definitely a unique and fresh attempt in Tamil cinema, kudos to the director and actor for pushing the boundaries. On the downside, the film is tad indulgent; no wonder it feels stretched in parts, dragging where it should have moved briskly.
On the whole, Like heady wine, it delivers a welcome kick.
Richie review:Verdict : A gutsy unique attempt
Reactions from Social Media:
Sreedhar Pillai @sri50
#Richie @NivinOfficial has dared to take the road less traveled by doing a neo-noir film which is realistic from run of mill commercial. It is a daring venture and something different for @prgautham83 and @NivinOfficial
Fully Cinema @CinemaFully
#Richie Runtime 1hr 51 mins only. The original kannada version have 2 hrs 34 mins. So there are many changes in the remake version. So thats why many -ve reviews pouring. Review in evening ...
Tamil Cinema Hub @tamilcinemahub
#Richie not full fill the expectations, BGM ok, #NivinPauly Look Mass but dialogue delivery confuse, it's direct Tamil Movie.
#RichieReview average one.
Movie Addict! @Seechu22
#richie ... bad execution !!! spoiled good story .... Sorry @NivinOfficial !! I am not satisfied
VINOD KUMAR @s_vinodkumar
#Richie watched the movie - just an ok stuff. Families will not prefer. Screenplay lags and Nivin is ok but doesn't completely suit a gangster role. Have not seen the Kannada version but this film surely lags
Amar Aldrin @AmarAldrin1
Not everyone's cup of tea
Those who like unconventional and realistic cinema should not miss this one. Dont expect a mass entertainer.
@NivinOfficial performance was up to the expectations and was stylish
Well edited and BGM was classy
AKSHAY 2.0 @akshay14793
#Richie Not a feature film material. Would've been better as a short film.
Christopher Kanagaraj @Chrissuccess
#Richie - Dir has made few changes in the 2nd half, unfortunately it didnt work in favour. Film ends up hvg a plain linear narration. Nivin has tried his best to justify the title role, but felt it didnt suit him. He comes for only 10 mins in 1st hlf. Superb music. Gud perf. Avg!