Friday Film Wrap: ‘De De Pyaar De’ major release of the week

Friday Film Wrap: ‘De De Pyaar De’ major release of the week

Friday Film Wrap: ‘De De Pyaar De’ major release of the week

  • Romantic comedy De De Pyaar De barely works as an age-gap saga but is more effective as a comedy
  • Comedy drama, A Dog’s Journey, directed by Gail Mancuso is a corny canine caper

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New Delhi: The storm unleashed by Avengers: Endgame has settled and Bollywood is slowly upping its game this summer.

Romantic comedy De De Pyaar De directed by Akiv Ali starring Ajay Devgn, Tabu and Rakul Preet Singh barely works as an age-gap saga but is more effective as a comedy about moving on and finding new soulmates, says Scroll. The writers heavily pad up material that is just about enough for an extended sitcom episode with songs (too many and all of them distractions), uneven comedy and needless melodrama. However, De De Pyaar De’s biggest achievement is that it might actually compel filmmakers to ask whether their leads are appropriately matched wrinkle for wrinkle rather than forcing chronological acrobatics on viewers.

The Indian Express calls the film a mixed bag. Starting off as a breezy older man-younger woman sex comedy, tipping over into an emotional family drama, and trying to sustain a progressive stance while keeping up the randy quotient: it’s both hit and miss.

For the Hollywood fans, American neo-noir action thriller John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum starring Keanu Reeves directed by Chad Stahelski comes to India this week. Variety magazine calls it an action spectacular as dazzling as it is deadening. As masterfully executed as the action is, watching two-plus hours of mayhem without any palpable dramatic stakes, or nuance, or any emotion at all save bloodlust offers undeniably diminishing returns. There are only so many times you can see a bullet pass through a skull before it gets deadening, and then almost dull.

Comedy drama, A Dog’s Journey, directed by Gail Mancuso starring Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Marg Helgenberger, Betty Gilpin, Kathryn Prescott, and Henry Lau is a corny canine caper, says The Guardian. A sequel to A Dog’s Purpose (2017), on a second runout, that USP seems less eccentric, but equally some of the oddball novelty has worn off. Four credited screenwriters merely use that astral projection to usher another conveyor belt of pooches through much the same cornily conservative scenarios the studios churned out in Rin Tin Tin’s heyday.

The Hustle, a comedy directed by Chris Addison starring Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, and Dean Norris flutters and sputters and all too quickly goes splat, says Rolling Stone. The setups are flat, the jokes don’t land and the actors don’t — or won’t — connect.

Telugu film ABCD – American Born Confused Desi starring Allu Sirish and Rukshar Dhillon directed by Sanjeev Reddy fails to entertain, says telugu360.com. While there is little to engage with in the first half, the second half is more story-oriented.

Several releases this week haven’t inspired any reviews yet. These include Tamil films Mr. Local, Monster, Jaikka Povadhu Yaaru and Natpuna Ennanu Theriyuma, Telugu romantic crime dramaRomantic Criminals and horror film Swayamvadha, Kannada thriller Ratnamanjarii, Kannada suspense thriller Kaarmoda Saridu, Malayalam comedy drama Kuttimama and Marathi dramaRampaat.

Source By :- Livemint