Ra.One - Preview

wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) - That is if you are a child or are keen for action/VFX
quick review:

Ra.One has some really "Whoa! Cool" action sequences. Yeah, yeah even if you are exposed to "Hollywood" action. Now if only, the story had a nail-biting edge to it - the razor-sharp punch in the story that makes a hallmark thriller more than a string of snazzy "dhish-dhish-dhisum" fist-punches; the sweets and the warmth that a family shares along with the fireworks to make Diwali complete.



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Update: I really liked this trailer and the idea of a stronger villain! Only issue is now I know a little too much of the story. :) Thanks for the link @Shantanu! -

But the rest of the stuff, I said earlier still holds -

Ra.One's first-look/teaser was uninspiring. It didn't make me curious about the film, for it looked like a copy of a generic action-flick from Hollywood. It tells you loud and clear, "we are all about style, don't expect content from us." And that is a turn-off.

When another half minute or so was added to the said 30 seconds you can see above, it was a bit more of the same. And it leaves a huge Robot-usque feel, no? A machine plays one of the main characters, has some sort-of a connection with the lead lady, grows a brain for itself and is performed by THE "star". I hope I'm getting ahead of myself and am proven totally wrong with some fantastically different story and special effects that bowls me over and some more.

Anyway, then came one of those things that usually saves all, as far as promise of entertainment is concerned - a song with a sizzling dance performance. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting a song that was heard way too many times a month before the release of the film, "chammak challo" -

There's this other trailer that I saw on TV but can't find the official video on YouTube (anyone?), where we are shown a little bit of the story, and a peek into the dialogue we shall be exposed to. And boy, does it look like a disaster? The jokes are bleh. Arguably the biggest film of the year makes me shudder as I can't avoid the feeling that it will be the lamest of the year too.

The thing with Shah Rukh films is detractors look forward to them as much as fans do, I suspect, even more. So, let's all just wait for Diwali, for reasons more than one.

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "An exuberantly massy soundtrack from Vishal Shekhar!"
Music Aloud - "8/10"
Bollyspice - "4/5"
Apun Ka Choice - "3.5/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "4.5/5"
Happy Sing - "It’s more of an experiment with at least some amount of English in every song, even the very Indian bhare naina. And as an experiment, I think it’s quite successful..."
dunkdaft - " On personal note, I loved the album. Though Jiya mora ghabraaye could have been better. Loved Dildara. And both tracks by Akon - are extremely addictive. Can't wait for the movie. "