Despite horrible reviews I decided to watch this one, only because of one reason. It was partially a heist film. My love for heist genre has been immense since the popular 2003 Hollywood film, The Italian Job.
It was completely right on the producer’s part where he (Karan Johar) decided to launch it only as a Netflix original rather than a big scale “Dharma Production” flick. He saved a lot of money and time.
Tarun Mansukhani had an epic start as a story writer, editor and director as he was the man behind Dostana (2008). Or was it under the complete supervision of Johar? Herein, not only is the story naive, even the direction takes a toll. Throwing light on Sushant Singh Rajput (as Samar), his graph of films has been a roller coaster, really. This one’s surely the one which is going down the hill. Nevertheless, the confidence in his performance never seems to go low. He is the only actor in the film who is well versed.
Sapna Pabbi (as Naina) and Vikramjit Virk (as Bikky) did their best. Boman Irani (as Irfan) is phenomenal, as usual. I don’t want to comment about Jacqueline Fernandez (as Tara). Drive is the kind of films she usually chooses. Spineless. She is just the eye-candy of it.
You must have heard about the song Makhna being the only good thing about the film. You’ve heard right. Tanishq Bagchi probably did this one thing right in this film. Rest all of the tracks sounded like composers in the Bollywood film industry are running out of lyrics and decent tunes.
It’s really shocking that we are still into Maruti Suzuki Swifts, Honda Civics and Maruti Suzuki Altos for racing when the world has moved so far and up ahead. Come on man, it’s the beginning of a new century. Humans who are acting in, writing, promoting and even giving a chance to these garbage films should really get a life or evolve at least.
The interesting cast was the green signal for me to watch this film alone. Let alone the fact that it was of the animated with a spy genre. But are the stars of Will Smith in his favor, especially after his big failure Gemini Man? Let’s find out.
As you all are aware how much I still love animated films in this day and age. Still, not every film succeeds on the basis of a happy ending or by giving an inspirational message. Unfortunately, this is one of them. Critically speaking, there are better stories out there which have won hearts. One main feature of a cartoon film is that it consists of each aspect equally, action, comedy and drama. More often, it’s the comedy quotient which is comparatively higher. Stories are always predictable in any animated film. It’s how you direct (Troy Quane & Nick Bruno), the background score (Theodore Shapiro) and the smallest of details which matter.
Fortunately, the flick is inclusive of comedic scenes, but not enough. There are action scenes, but not enough. The chemistry between Will Smith (Lance Sterling) and Tom Holland (Walter Beckett) is great. The background score is superbly thought of and composed. The direction is okay. Ben Mendelsohn (as Killian) voices a brilliant antagonist. Rashida Jones (as Marcy Kappel), Karen Gillan (as Eyes) and DJ Khaled (as Ears), Masi Oka (as Katsu Kimura) and Reba McEntire (as Joy Jenkins) aid the lead actors really well.
In fact, even the rest of the supporting cast did really well. However, there was the X factor missing, which decides the film’s critical success, according to me. I feel there was a lot lacking as I mentioned above. It is based on a short film Pigeon: Impossible by Lucas Martell, wherein, he shows a unique concept of how pigeons are really considered insignificant. Screenplay writers Brad Copeland and Lloyd Taylor tried to incorporate this into a 102 minute big scale film. Appealing yet not convincing.
While I write my views about Spies In Disguise right now, I checked the film’s worldwide earnings simultaneously, and found out that they haven’t even reached the original budget amount of the film after 17 days of it’s release to break even. I think this alone proves that people who have seen the film “worldwide” aren’t recommending it to their friends and family. As I wouldn’t do to you.
When you tend to over-promote or market a film a bit too much, moviegoers usually get a hint as to what kind of film it might be. The best films normally don’t need awareness. They automatically become popular by word of mouth. The best way.
It is hard to believe that lead actor Will Smith and director Ang Lee actually believed in a story which might have taken 20 years to finalize but STILL proves to be the most common and gray concept, CLONING. The only reason I decided to go for this film was Will Smith because of my recently born love for him after I completed the TV series, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
There are no complaints when the performances of Smith or even the supporting cast, Mary Elizabeth Winstead (as Danny Zakarweski), Clive Owen (as Clayton “Clay” Varris) and Benedict Wong (as Baron) are concerned. It is, yet again, the idea of the plot (originally by Lemke) and the screenplay which is completely outdated. Smith is going about everywhere, boasting the kind of technology which has been used in this film for it’s own benefit. Yet, the purpose it is serving or the reason it is being used for is literally of the golden era.
The approach of the film and constant change of locations really reminded me of the last week’s Bollywood release, War. There certainly were editing blunders, which were very much crystal for the naked eye. Especially in the last scene. It is quite shocking that Gemini Man hails from a director who has created marvelous films like Life Of Pi and Brokeback Mountain. However, the trio responsible for the bizarre tale are David Benioff (writer of Game Of Thrones and Troy), Billy Ray (co-writer of Hunger Games) and Darren Lemke (co-writer of Shazam! and Shrek Forever After). Mistakes do happen. And this is one of them for the these three, assuredly.