Movie Review by PS Arjun (*****)
The title card -From the makers of `Ee Adutha Kaalathu` is enough a reason for watching this film. Scripted by Murali Gopi and directed by Arun Kumar Aravind, the movie is totally engaging. It`s a superb film with a nice balance of heavy hitting violence and intense drama. Politics and destruction has never been so captivating and moving.
Plot: Political revenge. Story of three different people born to different situations born in different era of the growing communism in Kerala.
Disclaimer: The characters in this film are fictitious and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental.
Murali Gopi proved his metal through `Ee Adutha Kaalthu` and he fixed it hard as one of the better script writer available in Malayalam Industry now. The script was very good with the dialogue always keeping you engrossed. The story goes through the life of few people around the major three characters and through them, the film shows something which we had seen, heard or experienced, through paper, news or our own life. `Left Right Left` has many sweeping scenes. It is hard, gritty, touching and reaches the point, conveys what the makers want to, but not in the way you expect.
What is impressive?
* The narration pattern, which is similar to their own `Ee
* Songs and Background music.
* Each and everybody in the cast had done an impressive work, but it is Hareesh Peradi who took the movie by storm.
* Short but memorable role by Anu Sree.
* Cinematography and Editing. Crystal clear and no unnecessary editing gimmicks.
What is un-impressive?
* Could have avoided too much similarities with real life incidents,
* It works more like a propaganda movie than a political-thriller.
There have been a lot of political thrillers or dramas in Malayalam cinema, perhaps far more than any other industry in India. But I doubt whether any other film has tried to show something like this openly before this one. It reminds me of Kamal Haasan`s `Hey Ram`, Ram Gopal Varma`s `Rakta Charitra` and Maniratnam`s `Iruvar`, not at all in anyway related to presentation or story but the attempt. Impressive. Almost all the characters reminds viewers of somebody from real-life and it is the very thing which makes it more intense and it is also the very thing which could have been reduced.
A problem with the film I had was that it seems to have a little too much feel of a violent film rather than a thriller. Still I highly recommend this film. The director is guilty of allowing the viewer to fill in much of what is unsaid.
Well written. Well presented. Very engaging. The only issue is `what is presented`. A `Rakta Charitra` with less blood.