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Smart lines and slick camerawork turns into tiring witticism and regular big-budget technicalities because it is over-written and over-stylized. The few extra seconds taken to establish a scene with elegance give the crux of the scene away. This keeps this action-thriller from being crisp. Multiple, smart twists are pointless if you are going to chicken out in the climax.
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The last scene of Don had made Don 2 a must watch for me. The first shot of the teaser promised that there's no way it will disappoint as far as style is concerned. There is this slight worry about it getting over-stylized, given that it is an out-and-out Shah Rukh Khan the worry only gets stronger.
But, it is easy to keep it in the very back side of my head, because of the involvement of one Mr. Farhan Akhtar. Faith in his writing and directorial capabilities will take me a long way. Whatever doubts I had about his writing capabilities, were put to rest in Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. So strong is my belief in Farhan Akhtar writing and intelligence that I feel they can easily undo any damage done by Shah Rukh Khan's over-acting. Not to mention, if there was a way to put SRK's stuttering laughter to good use, there couldn't be a character better than sinister Don to do it.
The theatrical promo gives enough glimpses of what a promising thriller it is likely to be. The double-crossing, double-double-crossing, use of known faces and characters from the first film - are all adding to the curiosity without giving away too much.
Technically, sure there will be lifts from all over the place, like the lift and fire sequences look like they are straight out of Die Hard or the umpteen action flicks after that. But, they look cool nevertheless.
As a part of the audience then, the only job to be done till December 23rd, is to remind yourself of the pitfalls of high expectations. Fortunately, the music of the film puts the expectations in its place. It is only good for the film because it brings the anticipation down a notch. See how positive I am. This, notwithstanding that miniature SRK dancing on a gun reminded me of this dance by Asha Parekh on an ashtray.
Damn! fingers crossed
Milliblog - "NW1W" which means "not worth one word" which I read as, "ouch!"
Music Aloud - "5.5/10"
Bollyspice - "2.5/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "2.5/5"
Happy Sing - " Don 2 is almost all that was expected, with nothing new, but the old things have been packaged well and look nice, and not just from the outside"
dunkdaft - "Big disappointment"