Iblis Review: an enjoyable film if you understand the genre
If the audience can understand the genre of a film and adapt their sensibility to accept it, some movies can work easily. Iblis starring Asif Ali which is directed by Adventures of Omanakkuttan fame Rohith VS is one such movie that manages grab your attention with its uniqueness. It is a fantasy that has a musical feel to its credit and it wonderfully mixes the preach and fantasy to provide a good entertainer.
Vaishakan who provides music in his village whenever a funeral happens is our hero. His close friend is his grandfather. The other important person in his life was Fida whom he loved the most. Iblis shows us the love story of Fida and Vaishakan from a fantasy perspective that explores the concept of death in a unique way.
There is this Amen like Magical Realism in the narrative which makes the presentation look so appealing. Michael Pena’s famous Ant-Man monologue gets its Vaishakan version and all these inspired inclusions fit a movie like Iblis. The nature of the screenplay here is quirky but as the film falls in the fantasy genre, we can easily understand that style. The detailing in the presentation is pretty impressive and the way the story derives perspectives about existing concepts in a humorous way can seriously cheer you up.
The character of Vaishakan is way too naïve and innocent and the challenge of portraying him was not making him a caricature. Asif Ali has managed to deliver a performance that can convince you. Madonna Sebastian looks stunning and she complements the naivety of Vaishakan nicely. Lal as the grandfather looks elegant and graceful. Siddique is hilarious as Jabbar. Adish Praveen delivers a mature performance. Saiju Kurup, Sreenath Bhasi, and many others are there in the elaborate star cast.
Adventures of Omanakkuttan was a film that found its audience over a period of time. While that film was criticized for its excessive length, Iblis is a very tidy work from Rohith. There are no compromises in the making to suit the typical viewer. The targeted audience here is kids, but there are emotional and metaphorical elements that can work for adults too. Those fourth wall breaking statements have a certain impact. Where the film needed an improvement was in the last quarter of its runtime where it is trying to show us the transformation of Fida. A better set of events leading to that climax would have made it a bit more appealing. The cinematography maintains the script’s quirkiness and so was the edits. The music nicely blends with the texture of the film.
Iblis is a commendable effort that explores the concept of death through fairy tale like fantasy with an intellectual mix of statements. It is not your typical feel-good comedy and if you can make peace with that idea, this fantasy will give you a peculiar experience.
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