Masterpiece Review: A typical mass entertainer!
Megastar Mammootty’s highly anticipated film Masterpiece has hit screens today, officially kick-starting the Christmas season. Ajai Vasudev of Rajadhiraja fame has directed the movie and is scripted by Udhayakrishna, who is fresh from the historic success of Pulimurugan. Masterpiece has released with tremendous hype and lets see if it was actually lived up to all that.
As the promos indicated, Masterpiece is a campus based mass entertainer. The plot is set in Travancore Maharaja college where two group of students, Royal Warriors and Real Fighters, are at loggerheads. Amidst their issues, there occurs a murder at the college. English professor Edward Livingston aka Eddy lands at this crucial juncture and from there the movie is mostly centered around him with some twists and turns towards the climax.
Udhayakrishna has scripted a whodunit thriller with a campus backdrop. However, the plot lacks the novelty factor as it follows a more or less predictable pattern. He has infused all the necessary ingredients that one would expect from a mass masala entertainer. Director Ajai Vasudev’s love for stunts continue from where it ended in Rajadhiraja. But thankfully, the fight sequences are choreographed much better this time.
As Eddy, the 66-year-old Mammootty is handsome as ever while also giving an effortless performance. The character posed no serious challenge to an actor par excellence like him. He enters the proceedings nearly an hour after the movie’s start and straightway takes it on his shoulders with his incredibly stylish looks and screen presence. Mammootty was ably supported by Unni Mukundan, who, as always, has rocked it in the action blocks.
The supporting cast includes a host of youngsters led by Gokul Suresh, Maqbool Salman and Arjun Nandakumar. They have all done their parts decently well. Among the ladies, Poonam Bajwa appears as a faculty member and Varalakshmi Sarathkumar as a tough superior police officer. Mahima Nambiar is also there in a less prominent role. Santhosh Pandit and Pashanam Shaji take care of the humour department, but unfortunately their numbers have failed to click.
Technically, there is nothing exceptional about Masterpiece. Vinod Ilampallay’s camera work captures the colourful and vibrant college atmosphere. Deepak Dev’s music was not up to the mark with a loud background score and a couple of passable songs.
Overall, Masterpiece is a typical mass masala entertainer where logic takes the backseat. It is sure to work with the fans and action flick lovers. The families will also have a good time this Christmas season for the sheer entertainer the movie offers