Hey Jude Review: This one is not a usual Shyamaprasad movie
The transformation of an individual is the basic them of Shyamaprasad’s new movie Hey Jude. But the director tries to go to a zone that focuses on the commercial viability of the project and thus invests more on humor and less on the key transformation part. Thus Hey Jude from Shyamaprasad ends up being a movie that has some commendable performances, but not much in terms of content.
Jude is the son of an antique seller named Dominic. He has Asperger syndrome that limits him from socializing and he is this adamant guy who never compromises on his routine and diet. At one point the family had to go to Goa to attend funeral of a close relative. The movie Hey Jude is talking about the changes that happen to Jude during that short trip and how it moulds him eventually.
This film has a stark difference from all the movies Shyamaprasad has made till date. Humor was never the major tool of this film maker and what made his movies special was the way he looked at complex and delicate emotions. Hey Jude on that level is just a surface level exploration of a character. The agenda is clear and the story is largely predictable here. The humor does help the movie in a big way in being engaging. But the abruptness the film shows in showing us the change in Jude wasn’t working and it gets lost in the middle of the humor. And the last portions skips through a lot of time and that also reduces the intended emotional impact.
It was a louder way of presenting the story this time from Shyamaprasad. Compared to his typical minimalistic style of showing us the grey and bright shades of characters, here we saw a slightly caricature like depiction of characters. There is this emphasis to keep it much simpler for the audience to get it easily and that reduces the charm. In the second half, Shyamaprasad tries to steer the movie to his kind of storytelling, but it was a bit too late by that point. Girish Gangadharan’s frames are good and so was the score from Ouseppachan.
Nivin Pauly’s transformation for the character is appreciable. From the body language to the behavior of the character, Nivin has got a clear idea on how to make this character look real on screen. Siddique yet again shines and this time his realistic portrayal of a miser father was hilarious and authentic. Vijay Menon gets a role that gave him a lot of space to perform. Trisha has space to perform, but relatively it is on the lesser side. Neena Kurup also gets a nice character.
What are admirable in this movie are the performances of Nivin Pauly, Siddique and Vijay Menon. It is not the usual Shyamaprasad movie where you get a lot to admire about the making of the ace film maker. Hey Jude is occasionally fun, but not so endearing.
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