wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?) - That is if you are a child or are keen for action/VFX
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.Read more
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.
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. "
- meeta, a part of the audience
Ra.One's first-day-first-show was reviewed by wogma's guest reviewer Pradeep Menon here. Thank you so much, Pradeep for doing this for wogma.
I was off for Diwali with family and saw the film a couple of days later. Here's how I liked Ra.One.
I was off for Diwali with family and saw the film a couple of days later. Here's how I liked Ra.One.
Ra.One works as a brilliant film for kids. And I say that with no sarcasm at all. From the time I heard the premise of the film, it gave a very children's film vibe. Of course, for the fear of alienating most of its audience, Ra.One couldn't be marketed as a kids film. But, in this day and age where being nice is not "cool" enough, Ra.One goes on to show what happens when you try to mess with the "good > evil" formula. Or like Pradeep said, "it tries".
It is only an attempt because the moral of the story is very functional, very shallow. When a woman who loves her husband, grieves only perfunctorily, using a two-minute song as a medium AND is ready to look all shiny and hot for the next party number, you can barely care for the character who just died. As an adult, I wonder, whether it was the right lesson in morals at all. But as a child, one could be more forgiving and focus on the job at hand - kill the villain and cheer up.
The movie-lover in me takes this lack of warmth in stride and focuses on how a film made for entertainment allows a dark event like death to happen. That and all the slick action at a swift enough pace that I didn't get bored in a two-and-a-half-hour film with a fifteen-minute ad-filled interval. That is a huge plus for me who wants every minute beyond the 100-105 minute mark to count.
While all the action is executed by a team that is obviously the best in its field, the writing is mediocre - both the dialogue and the overall story. The film tries too hard to be funny, and almost all the "one-liners" fall flat. The non-funny, supposedly emotional/inspirational lines are "bleh". The only line that stayed with me as a powerful statement was said by Ra.One the villain, which can also be heard in the promos.
And I wish I had more of that, and also more of Ra.One, the character. I was supposed to fear him only because my protagonist feared him, not because there was anything menacing about him. And I can't blame actor, Arjun Rampal, the story itself didn't have any sub-plots or events that exposed anything loathsome about him. I need something powerful, if I'm supposed to hate a software program, right?
It could also be because the only thing at threat is a little boy's life. It isn't as if the earth is being destroyed by aliens or world peace is at stake. And there isn't anything extra endearing about the little boy or his gorgeous mother Kareena Kapoor for me to feel the fear on his behalf. Instead, all we get is mumbo-jumbo in the name of how this game really works?
We have a villain that has the power to take control over others' mind, and the writers couldn't think of intense situations for us to see his power. There is the one scene with Kareena Kapoor, but that comes across as a device to give her some more screen time with a different expression, than anything else. The climax is lame, but what it leaves is an interesting premise for a sequel, but of course, it will need some out-of-this-world writing to make good use of it.
The one thing that comes as a pleasant surprise because it didn't happen is that Shah Rukh Khan doesn't fill every frame. Also, he doesn't ham and go all Shah Rukkkkhy on us, though he loses his Tamil accent way too often. There is one scene in which his character Shekhar is scared out of his wits, I forgot he's The SRK, I was taken over by Shekhar's fear and confusion over what's happening - absolutely un-hero like, and certainly non-star like.
There are these little elements that make the film likeable. There isn't much to take home, but the 2.5 hours spent in the theater are not all bad. There are sequences in the film that made me miss my kids. I know where one will laugh out loud, and when the other will clench my hand with fear. Yes there's a lot of juvenile humor which I'm giving my kids two more years to snap out of. I'm surely going to test my hypothesis out, not that I have a choice, for they both want to watch the movie, I've had to make a promise, "Even if you don't like it, mamma" :D I'll surely update this space if there are any interesting observations. Till then, a very Happy Diwali to all of you.
And once again, thank you Pradeep for doing a wogma review on day 1.
- meeta, a part of the audience
So-So, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...Its most remarkable achievement may be that, with one foot tentatively toeing the future and one stuck resolutely in the past, it didn’t end up peeing all over itself.... full review
Thumbs down, by Visitant Tally, Mixed Bag : ...If the movie has anything to boast of apart from the unavoidable and disturbing efforts of Shahrukh Khan to present his dossier as a superhero.... full review
zeisha11: Hi tweeppl!!!! Been reading all tweets....just had few lazy days didn't feel like doing anything!!!! Watched #Ra.One it's good...!!!
Zaker_Ali: watched Ra.1 today ) awesome movie!! kareena is hot <3.... and arjun is the best villian that i have ever seen :D
Yash0890: Great vfx in ra.one feel lyk hollywood movie great wrk by arjun
worldofavneet: Ra.One sure is awesome!
VUrmil: Not any reason evident not to like the Ra-One.Simply superb especially LUCIFER.Nothing fishy,No disappointment for SRK Fans,It worth.
vkp91: saw RA-ONE, nice muvi bt dnt got d concept how RA-ONE got out of the game.....
viswanathkoushi: yesterday i have seen RA.ONE and its great.the graphic work is excellent.
veerchaudhary52: Superhit ra.one
urriya: shah rukh u rock in ra.one best of luck may your film won oscar
timeis_galleons: Watched Ra.One today. Not much of an action fan but I enjoyed it :)
Tantanroshan: Whohh Ra one do very good job............love that movie and also srk is the best
swendh: RA ONE a nice movie, to watch it with family and kids
surendarsingh2: ra-one is a super movie like as a holywood movie. sarukh is only a super star in bolywood
SRKPCFan07: Had an amazing time with fam! Watched Ra.One n everyone loved it! It was even more amazing the 2nd time
Spicy_Hun: Saw Ra.ONE!! Man do I LOVEEE That Comes the Light Theme!! Arjun lookes sooo HAWT !!
Snehakalia: RA.One is an amazing movie! :-]
Simply_Existing: Ra. One Rocks....
sharma0795: wtchd ra.one ystrday nite it was jst fantastic like all shahrukh mvies \
shafs786: Hi folks just watched RA one, excellent movie. So take time out and relax and enjoy this movie.
Shadow_208: My first indian 3d movie #Ra.one nice work...really appreciable... first half other than intro 15mins was good.
seoexp: #Ra.one is way much better than #Ready, #Bodygaurd and #Singham
samrah_basrah: Just watched Ra.One in da theatre it was a good movie @iamsrk did a good job acting but movie was all abt games :|
rushis121: RA ONE is d biggest hit. And superb movie.
Rishav_10: Saw Ra.One today and now its My fav indian 3d movie ! #Ra.one nice work......That's a fact NO.ONE can refuse...SUPERSTAR SUPERHERO POWER!!!
ravisharma100: RA One in 3D, Ultimate, I am loving it, great sound effects, superb visuals, worth money spent. Well done SRK
RajLnly: i'm seen ra.one that's too... awesome.... wel done srk & kareena....
Rafid_Mollik: In all flim ra.one is best.
punarwasu007: hi sir your movie RA-ONE very good
princessrohaaa: Ra.One was AMAZING! @iamsrk you make me #soproudtobedesi <3
PreetNair: OK, here goes, I'll stick my neck out and say this - "I liked Ra.one". .. Sleek Sci-fi fantasy genre with gud vfx :)
pratikshit: Saw Ra.one, nice movie, great performance by #mostfavourite @iamsrk. Having G.one's HART revived at the end, can we expect a sequel??
Physiodeepesh: RA one flim have a good consept but ending is too short , and repeted comeady by this flim , so flim is 60% is good , i except with srk good
nishthagupta373: rA one rOcKS
NishantRanjan4: ra.one rocks
NirajAghera1: saw RA.One pretty gud movie n gud action performed!!!
Neha_Vats: Ra.One was awesome #thatisall
neharastogi6: ra.one i like
mukku1015: ra one ek acchi film hai
mukeshkalwani: Ra.One movie is world's best movie
mskachwala: Cut the corny bits, and tighten the screenplay a little more- than RA.ONE is not that bad a movie as it is made to be!!! Good effort SRK....
Mrunmayee1809: loved ra.one...srk,kareena wr amazin..lovd dt smal kid lucifer!
Mrs_Mars21: Just watched Ra.One was the best film I've seen in a long long time xxx @iamsrk was amazing xxx best actor of all time xxx
mrlubu: Ra.One was good.
MJHT_Sarita: Watched #Ra.One and I thought it was a great film xxx
Meenanavratan: RA.1 is great science fiction movie....arjun u r lukin good in RA.1
meAniRockS: Watched ra.one..what a movie..what acting..jai ho srk and arjun rampal bhai...
Marauder_Dawn: Ra.One is Super-awesome ! ♥ Support That Movie.. Because Someone DARED. :)
manithakkar: ra one is vera good
laks28: Back from Ra one 3d in london,movie is fantastic loved it,grt effort by @iamsrk sir u r awesome
kingofpatiala09: Just watched Ra One gr8 movie with good caste
KaushalDabak: Ra.one super hit !! Milestone in Bollywood .... The visual effects r amazing !! Gr8 movie!!
JDB_Toronto: watched the movie RA ONE . :)) it was a good movie some memorable qoutes, :))
JBlovesMe_xoxo: Ra.One was awesome in 3D! @iamsrk looks so good in blue contacts!
jazz2k: I liked Dabangg and I like Ra.One!The story was fine,screenplay I dont understand,the entertainment wrkd!I'm more than Happy with Ra.One!
jannatrai: ra one is such a gud movie u were awesome in ra one srk<3 <3 <3
Jamppa: Just saw the movie Ra.One in the theatre. If you get a chance, go see it.
ishqrani: I love #Ra.One! So proud of SRK. Haters to the left; BO figures lookg good!
ImGengmei: Must watch Ra.one...father and son movie....
iampunit: #ra.one was amazing..decision done..
Hydrargyrum80: OH. MY. GOD. RA-ONE WAS AMAZING. <33333333333333333333
hanisharora: Outstanding effort by srk in ra-one, grt movie for kids and decent special effects. Definitely a first for bollywood
Gakhalboy: awsum movie ra.one
GagganSabhITV: Watched RA.ONE and I must say I loved it.....I am not into action movies or science fiction stuff but SRK rocked.....a must watch
eviljonny: RA-One was really good, epically long but great. Strange not getting cultural references, I definitely didn't get some of the jokes.
EonTwi: Ra.One loved SRK! fun entertaining n a great effort. It isn't perfect but then again who and what is?? So shut up all you critics!
Dimple_rockstar: Saw Ra.one yesterday! Terrific experience..... @iamsrk U rock!!! Loved u in the film.......Fantastic movie!!!
dhindsa82: #ra.one is must watch movie...do't miss it
DEEJAYJAVED: RA.One in 3D ROCKS:-)) ShahRukh Khan is undoubtedly the BADSHAH of BOLLYWOOD:-))
DebantaDas: I watchd Ra.one. it have bst technology used.... and 3d qulity is amazing............
costumeharpy: RA.one rocked my socks off! Such a good movie. However, I was the only white chick in theatre. I LOVE #Bollywood!!
CaribbeanAccent: #RaOne or #Ra.One with #ShahRukhKhan was fantastic!! I don't care if u like #Bollywood or not, see this movie - action, comedy, drama! :D
bohemianchick31: Just watched Ra.One and I must say.. I am pleasantly surprised!! I quite liked the movie!! Very well made...
Blo0ondi: "Ra One" was awsome!.. @iamsrk unfortunately we couldn't watch it on 3D cause there weren't any subtitles!
BipashaPriyanka: OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! saw RA.ONE 3D AND IT WAS VERY VERY COOL!!!! @iamsrk is tooo great and cute with blue eyes!! LOVE his expressions!(:
BilzMusic: So I just watched #Ra.One pretty impressed with it! Really stepped the Bollywood game up! I would give it thumbs up go watch it!!
bhavikharia: Ra-One - cool movie, interesting.. Little confusing in parts! @iamsrk - good job on throwing cars around London! #bollywood
bchuganee: Ra.One - I enjoyed it.
bayonet_sachin: Ra.one was good! I somehow liked it with my son. Slightly bent story telling though.
azqabubbles: Watched Ra.One today and actually really liked it. It's almost Halloween! #HappyHalloween
Asifahshan: Ra.One will be a biggest superhero movie in bollywood.NO.ONE can refute it
AsadullahRana: guys ra-1 is a nice movie
asadm4: just watched ra one awesome movie srk rocks
Anuthevanadict: sharukh RA ONE is so super.Awesome film yar
ANMOLSRK: i luved ra.1....bt i don know why people r jealous of me...
ammarbzu: i saw RA.OnE movie tonight for second time and i enjoy it more than first time so srk you rocks and movie is awesome #ra1 #raone #iamsrk
Amlanray: RA one is G.one i.e. good one!
amandeep3139: Ra.one was a awesome movie
Ali_Davis: Ra.One was amazing. I am definitely overstimulated.
AliZaheer: Ra-One is a different taste but good film... Jealosy with Shahrukh seems to be looming the critics impression
adityavnathan: I watched Ra.One and I'm proud of it. Great effort by SRK and Anubhav Sinha.
aarzoofatimaa: Ra.one was brilliant! Well done @iamsrk !!:)
aamirkhankhan1: real king shahrukh khan i love ra.one god bless you,
8347511531: Ra.one is great movie of bollywood.
24585462: ra one is great epic love u srk
vinodbazigar: Watched RA.ONE last night....the film is OK...
vakis5: i think ra-one is little bit good
SunitaKellay: RA.ONE was good but I know DON 2 will be mindblowing!!
shwetakhalkho: Ra.One Okie Okie Movie....
Satyen17: Stop spreadin hate to ra.one people - its an honest attempt at a new level - its not exceptional but is not bad as well - go c and decide
Sameeralovely: Ra.one most stupid movie ever..Piece of shit. #Raone #Ra1 #Shahrukhkhan .Rajnikant's 'Robot' 100 times better in everything! #Rajnikant
roysourjyo: Ra one wuz average. Expected a lot better to b honest
roxchya: ra.one was not so good not so bad movie liked the kids acting,liked the comedy,liked the concept,but hated srk his overacting.
nvenkatr: Ra One is a fantastic visually. Story is adequate but kudos to SRK and co. for producing this. Would b gr8 if krrish made a cameo in da end.
meThebarbarian: Now that's the first +ve review i heard so far "@AswinShobhan: Ra.One ain't that bad. It's just not good enough."
manjoy32: Ra-one is not that bad a movie as is made out to be
mancheema1: Ra . One was an ok film not the expectation that I had in mind :'(
Mahi_x: Ra. One was a bit too hyped up tbh, but yeah its an okay film. I'll give it a 6/10.
karannrjay: Just seen RA.One on Sunday Afternoon it waZZ a new idea,innovative and good sense of humour scenes in movie too..so all and all:3 on 5frm me
HennaNenna: Ra.one is good, okay. A good attempt.
EshaSidhu: Ra One ok...
dhanaji9021: ra.one is fantastic movie but direction is not so good as shahrukh,kareena,arjun performance.
chaitu341: "Drama"tic entrance , mediocre first half , decent interval bang and dragging second half make Ra.one a flat movie.
Bhagatkhatana: Watched Ra-One yesterday. It is kid's movie with lots of specail effcets. Script is not very good. But do not write- off SRK yet.
azaxacavabanama: Ra.One was better than Kkrishh
asamahmed1: Finally saw RA one was good for affects action and 3D but script wise no real story it was ok
ankurgambhire: In UK, RA.ONE is better than all Shahrukh khan movies, but lower than My name is khan....!
_abhisek: The most comic movie of the year: Ra.One.
YatharthPatni: Ra.ONE movie in word- SUICIDABLE
WinnieIKW: Ra.One was disappointed. Special effects was good but i dont like t story line.
VocareAdRegnum_: Ra One was total disater
vibhassen: Ra.One flops (is a disaster really), now pls SRK, dont go making a Ram.One ..... Yr ideas just don't work anymore !!!!
VeertaS: apparently ra one was a total letdown #bummer
tanseerjabbar: Watched Ra One last night..... I want those 2 hours of my life back!!
TAIS33N_BCAK: Ra.one, its down.....
SIVARAMANJ: Watched Ra-One!! I can only say RA-One is Raw-One, Anubhav Sinha needs some Anubhav!!
saswati24: BORING RA.ONE
sagaravinash: Ra.One is more a megamall selling brands and less of a movie.
rgr_dso: There some Shahrukh fans who are very honest who says That Ra.one is so pathetic that he still has an headache read midday
Ravirajjugnu: flop movie Ra-one
ravik6278: Faltu movie in a world ra-one
raman_kamble: ra.one very bad
rajatgupta07: Aiyyo!..Ra.One Disappoints Big-Big Time..The concept had immense scope.. but script was totally flawed.
rahulakulkarni: Ra. One was the big disappointment of an otherwise relaxing weekend!
Raghni2010: Saw Ra.one the first 15-20mins are really good n funny. After that it got really suck...if ur a scifi fan than u will love it otherwise no.
puruswottam: RA ONE film is not so intresting. that is boring.
punit0708: yesterday i watched Ra.one, is not so amazing ..............
prbhGurDaspuria: Dear frnd plz don't watch ra-one movie. beco-z waisting of time and money .so enjoy to sleeping
pranavjoshi7: Ra.one is a disastor movie.couldnt expect frm shahrukh as he did such a bad film. Story is freaking out.
npravin88: I saw the movie RA-One on 26th OCt, that was bored movie forever
nitishmathurr: NO.one likes RA.one, so its definitely a G.one
nirav_sanghvi: #ra one a piece of crap and an example of some weird and senseless cinema .
neerajsingh104: ra 1 dosent rocks
nankutiwari: ra one is bakwaas movie of the year
mtno0005: ra one shahrukh khan ki sabse kharab movie hai kya soch ke ye movie banaye gaye hai its a bad bad bad movie
mssandu: Ra one disappoints
MrYugandhar: Yesterday went to ra.one movie.. film is not up to expectations :( But Anyone can go for @iamsrk action....
mohammedsayeed4: Ra.one is flop movie. Mr. Shahrukh, it is better you take retirement from this film industry, so that we can get better movies to watch.
mickygupta84: Rs 150 crore...and such bullshit...Ra One a total disaster...horrible and unbearable
Lovisharish: Ra-one is just a bullshit super floop
krishna_panduga: whats ra-one....? Dissapointng one.
kamal1990tomar: Ra one is floop movie. It'n good
Ghost_riderrr: #Redchillies seem to be sharing false statistics about #Ra.one . #FlopMovie #srk
freeking3: Ye kya hogaya :D @sairmir @Biorahul: RA.ONE might be breaking records but that does not take away the fact that it's a BAD film"
Farha_F: Saw RA.One. And can't honestly say I hated it... :|
dushyantmonty: ra one is one of the worst movies of srk
drmunir82: Ra one is a disaster I wonder wht was SRK thinking ...
donpiyushvijay: ra one is bore one
diyempi: Saw ra.one .. Trying to forget the horrible experience.. Wonder for which kind of audience director made this film.. Story is for kids but
deepaoad: Ra one is bore one stay away from this crap one.
deeepxplorer: Just got out of d theatre......seriously..No.One shud watch Ra.One
danshula: Argh! Have this in my head for too long now! :S Being honest, I didnt like Ra.One, sure it was ok but I came out of theatre & thought What?
conordjpc: If you only see one movie this year for all that is good and decent do not see ra-one. Maybe if you see two so you can realise the awfulness
Biorahul: RA.ONE might be breaking records but that does not take away the fact that it's a BAD film
Badmashaniket: Ra.One suxxxx dnt waste ur money watchoing this movie... SRK failed to impress his big Fans
AswinShobhan: The parts that are not good enough are absolutely crap. #Ra.One
anurag_shrivas: pls don't watch RA-1 and save time & money...
AMIT_SB: saw ra.one,didn't like it
amitgupte73: 30 mins into RA ONE.... Its a torture....
aksh_jaj245: Too many jokes circulating around on Ra.one. And most of them are in really bad taste. Agreed it's a flop, but a man's allowed to have one
adityanigam1983: Super bakwas movie of the year goes to srk's RA ONE ....TOTAL KACHRA MOVIE
AbhiTheHunkMan: boring ra one...
aashish_khakha: Trust me.. 'RA.ONE' is the most pathetic film ever made in the history of cinema..Plagiarism at its peak..!!:(
888riki: Ra one. Gets no one crap movie srk spare us ur bullshit creativity
Not Interested in Watching, by ramuailum : dont waste your money
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Colossatron : Best Bollywood film of 2011.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Dimple
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Gohar Ayub : 99
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Jessica : Great movie! Amazing action! Shahrukh is the best! Chammak Challo :)
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rachit Gupta : Brilliant execution of an idea! But that's what it remains a single line idea! Raises the bar!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Rocky
So-So, by guddu : we are hopeful :(
So-So, by Online Entertainment
So-So, by Paresh
So-So, by Sankha
So-So, by subhorup
So-So, by YEPME Fashion
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Amit : No amount of marketing can save a movie or a product that fundamentally SUCKS. Skip RA.one.
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Anuj
Nay! Thumbs Down, by A.One
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Suman
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Sunny Kanwar : Bodyguard is a better watch
Nay! Thumbs Down, by true movie lover
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Vishal
This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
To impress his son, Shekhar (Shah Rukh Khan) a gaming programmer makes a video game that has an invincible villain. And oopsey-doopsey-poopsey, the AI in the villain is strong enough to make him come out of the game and of course all hell breaks loose.