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I laughed while watching Welcome Back. At interval, a tentative girl apologized to the boy accompanying her to the movie and asked if he wanted to leave. That was the only thing that made me laugh while watching Welcome Back.Read more
Why? All I can think of is “WHY?” Yes, in all caps.
There is absolutely nothing in the trailer to make me want to make a trip to the theaters for this one. Not to mention, the foggy, unpleasant memories from the first episode in the series.
Things get only worse with a look at the cast – while I have barely overcome Paresh Rawal and Nana Patekar's inclusion in the list, we now also have Naseeruddin Shah and Dimple Kapadia! Please tell me I misread.
Maybe, I will call in sick after all. Or just copy-paste milliblog's music review from below.
- meeta, a part of the audience
I think, I've seen it all now. Dimple Kapadia goes all slapstick-y. A fine actor turns to over-the-top acting to play an ill-defined character. Nothing else can be as repulsive. By now, we have gotten used to some of the other actors – Paresh Rawal, Nana Patekar and even Naseeruddin Shah once in a while - showing up in a film that considers even scratching the surface of their acting capabilities a crime. Getting a dignified actress like Dimple Kapadia to do so feels like a hit under the audience's belt.
It doesn't come as a surprise that she is the most restrained of them all. The other two main women in the film, Shruti Haasan and Ankita Srivastava are miraculously both central to the plot and completely irrelevant. If you can call a reformed goons, Uday (Nana Patekar) and Majnu (Anil Kapoor) finding himself a new sister to be married off a plot at all.
In the first hour of the film or so, there seemed to be some coherence because everything that happened somehow revolved around getting the sister or themselves married. After a couple of rounds of sexual objectification and standing up against it, it all boils down to one thing – getting married.
Even the bigger goon, Wanted, yeah, that's his name (Naseeruddin Shah) is also focussed on getting his son married off. The son, is played by no less than Shiney Ahuja, wh o goes over board in being over board about anything he does in the film.
As the movie moves into its last half hour or so though, everything becomes more and more bizarre. By now, the writers have even stopped trying to make sense. Sure, that was only a matter of time.
I really don't know what to say. Why anyone thinks any of this is even remotely funny, I don't understand. Even the one-liners are WhatsApp forwards. A couple rare lines bring a smile. Sure, there were a few laughters in the theater. But, if I had to guess it would be more because they were laughing at the film rather than with it.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by IST, Bollywood Hungama : ...On the whole, if you enjoy slapstick comedy that defies logic and have enjoyed WELCOME, then WELCOME BACK is surely a paisa vasool entertainer for you. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Gayatri Gauri, FirstPost : ...Welcome Back kicks up a storm of utter nonsense thanks to terrific comic timing by Patekar and Kapoor. And it happens to be a welcome break from 24/7 coverage of murder, financial crashes and other serious news — purely because of the two talented actors who hop, skip, dance and fool around with complete conviction. ... full review
Thumbs up, by Jyothi Venkatesh, Star Blockbuster : ...Last Word: The film, which is nothing but old wine in new bottle, is worth watching if you ready to enjoy it after keeping aside your brain.... full review
Thumbs up, by Dhriti Sharma, ZEENEWS.COM : ...One thing which no one can let go! Akshay Kumar is immensely missed, however, Anil-Nana have sprinted the movie with their superb performances. Audiences will surely welcome 'Welcome Back' warmly. You will come back with a laughter fit!... full review
So-So, by Suparna Sharma, Deccan Chronicle : ...The film is at its best when Nana, Anil and Paresh partake in what looks like spontaneous banter. They jam, almost. Their timing is impeccable. And they keep us distracted from the fact that Welcome Back is actually quite a bad film. John Abraham is the quintessential burly goofball and that’s what he plays here rather well. He’s so cute and vacant that we both could, you know, move bag and baggage into his head and order takeout. ... full review
So-So, by Johnson Thomas, Free Press Journal : ...The music is lively but forgettable and does little other than punctuate the tempo. Kabir Lal’s cinematography though, adds to the validity of the visuals. Bazmee is an absurdist filmmaker who throws in every imaginable absurdity( including John Abraham running across camel humps in his effort to rescue Wanted Bhai) and milks them for a barrel full of laughs. And he scores big time with ‘Welcome Back.’ While the sequences are overstretched they never outlive their Welcome. This is by far his most fluid and zaniest laugh riot- thanks to those four stalwarts lending it their all!... full review
So-So, by Nupur Barua, fullhyd.com : ...Have fun this weekend, as you welcome back the goons with a heart of gold, who have been struggling to establish themselves as respectable men for years now. ... full review
So-So, by Rohit Vats, Hindustan Times : ...Welcome Back is funny in parts, but that ‘Welcome’ fluidity is missing big time. There are moments but they are very limited in number. Welcome Back’s pace is its biggest asset and that may make you enjoy this 153-minute long film. ... full review
So-So, by RAJEEV MASAND, IBN Live : ...It also doesn't help that the climax is one big bloated mess of underwhelming set-pieces, including sky-diving henchmen, a camel stampede, an attack by mini-helicopter bombs, and a CGI sandstorm. All of it is infantile and tedious, and as the film limps towards the 150-minute mark, you just want it to be over. ... full review
So-So, by Ananya Bhattacharya, india today : ...In a nutshell, Welcome Back is quite the laugh riot that can de-stress you after the atrocities of the week. Leave the brains aside, and you have (at least) two hours of hardcore fun. ... full review
So-So, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...The music is totally forgettable and the second half seems to drag on and on. Over-the-top action sequences and a stretched climax scene prove to be the film’s undoing, though some genuinely funny scenes and dialogues salvage the situation. ... full review
So-So, Sify Movies : ...This constantly hyperbolic film- at all times- is loud, unsubtle and silly. What makes up for this mayhem is the super-cool senior ensemble cast- Nana Patekar, Anil Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Paresh Rawal and Naseeruddin Shah. It is these masterful actors that put the mirth in this mayhem! ... full review
So-So, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...Anil and Nana must be credited for convincingly playing jokers; kudos to Dimple, Paresh and Naseer for letting go. Surely, the stellar cast has done this film either for a handsome payment or in the sincere hope that it will reign at the box office.... full review
So-So, by Rummana, yahoo! India : ...‘Welcome Back’ is not completely insufferable and there is definitely some fun to be had. It helps that John Abraham looks like a million bucks and seems to have enjoyed playing this part. Anees Bazmee also keeps cringe-worthy humour to a bare minimum. If slapstick is your kind of thing, then you will enjoy this one. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Sreeju Sudhakaran, Bollywood Life : ...In Welcome Back, you have inserted the scenes from the first film to build context to why this film exists in the first place. You shouldn’t have done that, ‘cos every viewer in the theatre is there because they enjoyed that film. Those scenes only made me pine to watch that film again, go to IMDB and increase its rating. As for this film of yours, sorry sirs, Welcome Back is NOT welcome at all! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...WELCOME BACK is not a patch on WELCOME (2007). John Abraham [the one referring to the cast as senior citizens] is seen here as the Mumbai bhai. His acting is a cross between Salman Khan and Anil Kapoor. Hum Ko, Tum Ko, Kai Ko, Apun Ko flows freely (is he reinventing himself?) Shruti Haasan needs to have a session with her parents (Sarika and Kamal Haasan) for diction, body language and dialogue delivery. Just putting all her time and energies on her looks is not going to get her anywhere. She looks completely different from what we saw her on screen in her first film, LUCK. [She looked warm, sensuous and had screen presence then]. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Surabhi Redkar, koimoi : ...Welcome Back is no where close to Welcome so I suggest you don’t go watching this film with expectations of the previous one. If your tastes involve logic defying humor filled with crassness, you will love this film. I am going with a 2/5 for this film. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Uday Bhatia, Live Mint : ...The tackiness extends to the special effects: the climactic sequence, which takes place in the desert, has exploding remote-controlled mini-helicopters, two camel stampedes and a dust storm. It also has a blind man regaining his sight, which is ironic, considering Welcome Back is likely to make you want to claw your eyes out.... full review
Thumbs down, by ANUJ KUMAR, The Hindu : ...Naseeruddin Shah surrenders himself to the chaos. As the visually impaired don, Bazmee has given Naseer the “Sparsh” of crass. He calls him Wanted bhai as if to remind the actor that he is sought after in Bazmee’s bizarre universe as well. Naseer returns the favour. After every punch-line he keeps reminding the cynical critics, mazaaq tha bhai, (it was a joke!) Indeed. ... full review
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