In my opinion, one of the best action movies ever made. The chase sequence where Jones goes under the truck is a top notch stunt. The melting faces and exploding head special effects were simply mindblowing. Extremely funny especially the scene where he simply shoots the swordsman and sleeping right before the huge romance. An archaeologist who is also an action hero? That's fucking cool and as nerdy as it gets. A truly genre-defining work.
Really liked how Villeneuve unfolded and controlled the story. It was steady yet disciplined which completely absorbs yourself in this whodunit mystery. That's a really fine craftsmanship. Deakins was as usual brilliant using greys and browns which gave a moody and atmospheric if not destructive feeling. The cast and acting were the strongest aspects of the film. The story on the surface level was engaging if not impressive, albeit a bit convoluted in some places, some scenes felt disconnected and the movie felt dragged. It had the potential to be a masterpiece and I think it doesn't fail but neither does it succeed.
It's a tussle between idealism (Rajkummar Rao) and cynicism (Pankaj Tripathi). Loved the way director uses humor to get his point across touching issues from child marriage & dowry to corruption/bribery than giving a moralistic lecture. To be honest it doesn't give solutions.
Every actor did a commendable job. Rajkummar Rao & Pankaj Tripathi are in top form. And please don't consider it as just a boring artsy film, it's very accessible & thoroughly entertaining. A really good satire on how farcical electoral process can be.
It's about how some people feel trapped in a relationship, have fear of commitment and how they want to control the urges of being unfaithful. The two characters are the two sides of the same coin. To be trustworthy or to be unfaithful.
And how this person is in a cycle of removing the unfaithful person from himself and going back to it again. A cycle. 'The first time it's a tragedy, the second time it's a farce'. This conflict…