wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
Yes, it’s the kind of humor that has a specific target audience. The kind who would love to see Rajnikant spoofed. But I don't see anything that can bring laughter, a few smiles - sure. A 90 minute film actually feels too long because of repetition.Read more
So, there's cool-dude Rajnikantha. And there are people who absolutely love the route his sunglasses or cigarette take to get to their destinations. Among these are people who can't stop going gaga over his invincibility. Sample this. Me? I find the silliness funny. The sunglass-cigarette routine make me smile about 3 times. But then, it gets repetitive and thus predictable and ultimately boring. Exactly what happens in Quickgun Murugun which spoofs Rajni.
Our man, Quickgun Murugun - the cowboy, the protector of the cows - is out to do his job, viz, protect cows from the fanatic non-vegetarian, Rice Plate Reddy. To fulfill his duty he convinces the officers of the other world to send him back to this world. And so on and so forth.
Sounds outrageous and out-of-the-world hilarious. But it ain't that ROFLarious. There isn't much comment you can make about such films, right? There's the usual ricocheting bullets and super-power-like action. Acting is intentionally over-the-top and overtly melodramatic - by one and all - okay except maybe the cameo by Vinay Pathak.
So is the direction, especially in terms of the long pauses to enhance the already outlived-its-stay drama. Or even the emotional drama that punctuates the flow of the film, the exaggeration of everything in every frame. But, it's a spoof, so it's all obviously deliberate and supposedly necessary, what can you say? Certainly you are not allowed to complain.
However, there are some bits and pieces that work. These make you smile and occasionally that smile grows wider. Each character's name is a cackle each. Also a lot of the smiles are hidden in the background, in the art-work, some reference that'll make you sneer at both - the joke and your smartness because you noticed it.
Another bit I completely enjoyed is the background score. It's creative and it's funny. There's one bit where a western-film theme music is playing on a flute. Nice!
There is also this comment on how super-heroes and God-like humans are necessary to get rid of the filth in the society today. A good vs. evil war is more obviously portrayed as a dev vs. daanav (God vs. Satan) war. What's more? Like Lord Krishna our man has more than one love interests. There are lot of tiny comments tucked in too. Like the irony that the anti-vegetarian demons have to use different vegetables as weapons. Celebrities used to advertise commodities, an Indian's love for mother's cooking, a mother's pride on how well she cooks, etc.
But the novelty wears off. With each of the things I liked and found funny, it was so only for the first couple of times. The third repetition onwards it became boring. So much so that one and a half hour seems too long to sit there for this.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Khalid Mohamed, aslibaat.com : ...The plot, or something like that only, has our Muru saar landing in heaven, then begging permission of higher authorities to return to his village... full review
Thumbs up, by Udita Goswami, DNA : ...Writer Rajesh Devraj's screenplay is concise, dialogues well placed and story uncomplicated. The humour does not, however, hit the side-splitting levels.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The fights are great fun with bullets in slow-mo, and Murugun throwing a lit match (spoofing Rajnikant) and saying, "If you are lightening, I am 250 volt current, I say."... full review
Thumbs down, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Quick Gun Murugun will no doubt set a few tempers aflare – but the audience I was with, thankfully, appeared genuinely tickled (a lot more than I was, I admit).... full review
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Quickgun Murugun (Dr. Rajendraprasad) is a vegetarian and needs to protect all vegetarians from the fanatic non-vegetarian, Rice Plate Reddy and his intentions of converting everyone into a non-vegetarian. Have fun! Or maybe not…