Home Movie Review Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars (three stars)
Star cast: Indrans, Sreenath Bhasi, Nalsen K. Gafoor, Manju Pillai, Deepa Thomas and ensemble.
Director: Rojin Thomas
What is good: Finally, a film that recognizes all the characters that the cinema has always used as plot points and turns them into heroes. The beauty is that there is no hero here, just Oliver Twist and his cuteness.
What is bad: The running time as long as a period drama leading up to the movie becomes preacher and dilutes the purpose.
Loo Break: Take your time and check this out. Have an empty bladder so you can enjoy the moments that are small but closely related.
To look or not ?: It’s a feel-good movie that has been released after a long time. I want you to watch and appreciate your daily life on the screen.
Idiom: Malayalam (subtitles)
Available in: Amazon Prime Video
Children grow up, but to their parents they are always the munchkins they brought home one day. Oliver Twist (Indrans), technically challenged, is the father of two of those children who are now adults and navigate their path in their respective lives, but forget to recognize their father, who is a silent donor, but never glorifies your victories. Get on board for this journey that is heartbroken and self-realization; leave it with a smile.
Home Movie Review: Script Analysis
The definition of family over the years has changed dramatically. The dynamics that children and their parents share even more. The home, in its main conflict, recognizes this very argument and what it does to people who still have much to learn about the modern world. Written by Rojin Thomas, the story takes place in a house luxurious enough to house a joint family. The father is a silent doer. He does almost all the housework with his wife without complaint. Once when he does, he regrets it later.
So Rojin makes Oliver Twist, the father, also known as Papa, the hero of his story. The perspective is yours and how you see your ecosystem in a mansion that unfolds around you. Younger son Charles (Nalsen), smart for his own sake, is a lazy guy but still close to his parents. The eldest Antony, a budding filmmaker, is arrogant and a completely toxic man, who only spits out negativity because he has problems in his personal life. Of course, he also has a soft corner, but the arrogant side dominates.
Now, Oliver, whom Antony sees as a good-for-nothing average Joe, has to become friends with his son. He is also an old man eager to learn new technology, precisely the smartphone. Home is the story of a family that we have seen or perhaps one in which we live. The characters are people around us, their problems and struggles are real, as are their solutions. Thomas creates the relatable main plot down to the tee and makes sure his audience connects even to the Fish Tank post that breaks one day, spelling chaos at home and the pressure it has created. You will see.
Home at the center becomes a story of acceptance. By accepting your family with your simplicity, you don’t have to be extraordinary or superhuman to be proud of them. Oliver Twist longs for his son to give him the same recognition that he gives his father-in-law, but he never really gets mad at Antony for not giving it to him. Thomas definitely draws inspiration from the people around him.
Rojin makes sure not to turn Oliver into a saint. At first you see him being a rebel against his disabled father, and later, when the Antony of Sreenath does it at full speed, you observe that the genes have been passed from generation to generation.
But what reduces the energy in this story about love, longing and acceptance is that the writer decides to expand the story as much as possible. We are presented with multiple conflicts that have an interest in the sum, but not enough to invest our time. For example, for a brief moment, Home recognizes mental health and will never be spoken of again. Talk about smartphone addiction, only to be used as a reason. It just gets preachy and doesn’t add much.
Home Movie Review: Star Performance
Rojin Thomas wins a casting gold. Each actor interpreting their roles to perfection and delicacy. Indrans playing Oliver Twist is what experience does to an experienced actor. Differentiating whether it is acting or documentation becomes difficult, and he falls in love with her smile. I was really hurt when Antonio exploded into it.
Sreenath Bhasi becomes the son that parents do not want to become theirs. He gets the tone right and turns into a layered character expected of him. Nalsen K Gafoor manages to prove his versatility in a week. A brainwashed teenager in Kuruthi and an animated guy in Home, he has the charm.
Manju Pillai manages to win hearts even in the midst of all these talented men. Her portrayal of the mother who is trapped between a family on the brink of insanity is worth watching.
Home Movie Review: Direction, Music
Rojin Thomas, in his writing and directing, is stubborn about one thing, and that is not having a hero in his film. It’s a family like yours and mine, and this is the moment when the camera zooms in on the ones it has neglected for years. He brings warmth in his direction, whether it is Indrans’s curiosity to learn the smartphone, or his heart-piercing sad face, he knows what draws the audience.
Rahul Subrahmanian’s music serves the purpose and works well with the script, but I’m not sure of the recall value.
Home Movie Review: The Last Word
It is a real life movie. Home’s family is yours and mine. You will find characters that resemble people in your life. Look at Home and experience the feeling of well-being for a few hours in these test times.
Home launches on August 19, 2021.
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