This is a film you go to with battalions of friends or family on a weekend, and come back without giving it a second thought. And for Vijay, it is a ready-made hit. Such was the expectation the teaser, the trailer and the songs created. Also the star cast and the crew looked very powerful when it was announced. Lets see whether the expectation was proved or not.
The film opens up with Joseph Kuruvila (Vijay), and his daughter Nivi (Nainika) who lives somewhere in Kerala. Annie (Amy Jackson) is teacher at school. All is well till a small accident leads to a series of events thereby we get to know about Joseph’s past. He is Vijaykumar IPS an upright police officer who locks horn with a local politician (Mahendran) whose son commits a heinous crime. This leads to enmity between Mahendran and Vijay where he loses his family, his wife (Samantha) and his mom (Radhika). What happens to Vijay when the past comes back chasing him forms the rest.
Atlee scores on all levels through the first, but falls out through the second by too much of the predictability factor. The central problem is that it doesn’t go beyond the normalcy that has already been made a standard guide. Atlee has a knack for handling sentiments in a rather unusual way, light-hearted humor and right mixture of dialogues. Atlee charms with his dialogues he comes up as a very good writer.
Vijay’s scorching screen-presence and his infectious energy is the highlight. Nainika is super cute. Samantha in a clichéd role as Vijay’s lover and wife who gets killed gets her fair share of screen time (but a very horrible makeup). But same cannot be said about Amy who not only looks uncomfortable in that funny wig but has nothing much to do. Mahendran is classy while Radhika as the super cool mom is impressive.
Cinematography by George C Williams is top-notch, while GV Prakash’s background score and songs have the audience dancing on its feet. Editor Anthony L Ruben has done a fair job in keeping the film as tight as possible. But there is only so much you can do as an editor while dealing with a movie that has a sombre screenplay. He could have shortened the overall length of the film though.
On the downside, Theri is exaggerated and formulaic, but relies squarely on the charm of its leading man to pull off its over-the-top tone. With some predictable scenes, un-lively songs and few sentiment barriers, the screenplay in the second half makes the movie look longer than it actually is. On the whole, Theri is strictly a satisfying Vijay masala entertainer. Go for it, a wholesome movie with few clichés.