The new “Vikram” is a letdown for those who like the 1986 original, and it really should have stood on its own, with Fahadh Faasil continuing the agent’s legacy in the vein of the James Bond films.
Vikram is the first step in Lokesh Kanagaraj’s new Cinematic Universe
Tamil cinema’s era has changed. Vikram is the first step in Lokesh Kanagaraj’s new Cinematic Universe, which promises great things. Lokesh is the first filmmaker to truly give a cinematic experience. Before Lokesh, movies meant lofty concepts and unnecessary embellishments to soothe a star’s male crowd. This filmmaker is committed to quality.
He writes and directs with taste, visual flair, and elegance. Kaithi, a pure-genre picture with a Hollywood thriller vibe, was a perfect example. Synthetic Speed. Master teased his new Cinematic Universe. About the Vijay picture, I wrote, “This tempting prospect to tie two films from opposite eras is interesting – in principle.” If Master is what Lokesh can do to a Vijay film, one smiles at what he can do to Vikram’s vaathi.” This tantalizing theory remains just that. Vikram lacks Kaithi’s organic and exhilarating charm.
The movie Vikram plays it safe and follows market demands
Some say Goodfellas and Avengers are cinematic experiences. Lokesh, a Scorsese fan, followed their path. Vikram plays it safe and follows market demands. Vikram picks up three months after Kaithi’s occurrences. Franchising isn’t the issue. Whys dominate the question.
False. Except for Kamal Haasan, Vikram is great. Why is he in this movie? Why cast Kamal if you can’t feel his presence? Vikram (1986) It was any movie. We understand why Vikram was chosen. Does Kamal’s first film relate to the new one? Never. The film would have worked even if Kamal was an Agent. The new Vikram might have been a solo film where Fahadh Faasil’s Amar continues on Vikram’s heritage, like in James Bond flicks. Open-ended climax suggests this. As Kamal Haasan and original film lovers, you’re disappointed. Lokesh is disappointed since he hasn’t realised his idol’s full acting and action star potential. There’s plenty to eat.
RAW agent movies are a subgenre
A well-oiled action-thriller must click. It’s Vikram. It’s a thrill-a-minute rollercoaster with an army of personalities. Kamal’s idea of a protagonist inspired the film’s storyline. In the slow-paced, densely-layered first half, a protagonist is sought. Writing-directing Lokesh’s world-building maintains curiosity. Given the surprising and bold opening act, the film certainly leave you bewildered.
Vikram’s opening is uncommon. Unusual for Kamal Haasan. It starts with ‘Pathala Pathala,’ which feels like an afterthought. Except for this oddly-placed tune, the film’s first half isn’t squandered. Lokesh likes Nolan and Scorsese. Many moments recall Nolan’s movie. This has a Tenet-like sequence with Bane-like voiceover. Masks and unmasking identities are frequently mentioned. Amar, who leads uncounted Black Squads, is in charge of unmasking. They’re assigned to investigate a series of high-profile deaths that led to Santhanam (Vijay Sethupathi, who is, of course, terrific). Santhanam’s narcotics enterprise. His recent drug bust recalls Kaithi. More would be boring.
Vikram needed a deeper motive than personal tragedy to go all-out
RAW agent movies are a subgenre. It’s overused. We’re still interested in it. Kamal reprises his Bond-like role Vikram. Like Kaithi, Vikram is uptight. There are many times when minor characters do things that make you want to whistle. We were all surprised by the show in the second half. There are nods to the past in Tamil. In “Kalviya Selvama Veerama” from Saraswati Sabatham, Vijay Sethupathi raises his hand in a funny way.
After the break, Vikram comes to life. Lokesh is best at action, and the second half has great stunts (performed by experts from Anbariv) and great camera work by Girish Gangadharan of Jallikattu. Something isn’t there. This is how we get to Kamal. The fight between Lokesh and Kamal’s Vikram was clear. The lion needs more than just three great actors. To find Santhanam, Amar must find the Ghost. Vikram needed a bigger reason to go all-out than his own personal tragedy. In the old movie, Vikram wasn’t sad. Lokesh goes through sad situations.
Santhanam is played by Vijay Sethupathi
No Indian actor can cry like Kamal Haasan. Period. That can’t be argued. Kamal’s acting makes up for the thinness of the script. When you see a man looking at a baby with tears in his eyes, you want to cry. We refer to this actor. You wish that it was 60% Lokesh and 40% Kamal.
Santhanam is played by Vijay Sethupathi. We may now see the effort he’s made to play a character without being Sethupathi. Santhanam is wooden in Master, unlike Bhavani. His actions define him, but he’s not powerful.
The film’s ending suggests expanding Suriya and Fahadh’s universe
Fahadh Faasil and Anirudh are Vikram’s heroes. Anirudh’s score speaks when there are no firearms or explosions. Fahadh owns the film. He’s a scene-stealer as Amar. The film’s ending suggests expanding Suriya and Fahadh’s universe. The film’s potential excites me.
Basics: Kamal’s accomplished everything. Vikram is like chewing betel and spitting up the stem. Kamal’s decision to step back and relinquish his rock star persona is instructive. Kamal seems to have decided his destiny and direction. He wants to do what Sivaji Ganesan did in his final years: help young people grow. The vacant chair Sivaji and Kamal sat on is a reminder.