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one of the great character studies in horror. essentially an arthouse film under genre "trappings", as it uses common horror home invasion tropes like a masked killer barging in on a unsuspecting old woman, but instead of just being a thrilling sequence, it utilizes the genre conventions to create one of the most layered & brilliant characters in recent memory, whose brilliance is in no small part to hupert's all time great performance. a staggeringly brilliant rumination on sexual abuse, autonomy and control, absolutely moved to tears.
absolutely does everything it wants to and leaves in under 100 minutes. i love movies that know what they are and stay in that line. alone follows a very basic template of urban survival that all of us are familiar with, but it's made engaging & exciting by hyams' one of a kind filmmaking. the score is gorgeous, entire soundscape is filled with eerie echoes & guttural instrumentals, and the loose, chaotic movement of his camera makes every hit more impactful, good shit.
no amount of good filmmaking and good acting will change the fact that this film spends nearly three hours trying to convince you that Gangubai was an amazing feminist icon that helped women and children, but the hidden and ignored truth is that Gangubai, in reality, was an awful person that took part in human trafficking, murders, drug warfare. If you can look at this film as an entirely fictitious story then good for you but i just couldn't see it that way
if i think about it critically, then yes, it's a film with a number of flaws ranging from editing to pacing but i have always been someone that judges films emotionally and this was one of the most emotionally enthralling films of the year.
jawan is essentially the Angry Young Man film of the 70s and the socialist film of shankar smashed together to form a strange yet ridiculously entertaining concoction. Atlee (validly) gets alot of flack for his politics…