Street Lights Review: script fails to windup things convincingly
The new Mammootty movie Street Lights, directed by Shamdat is a film that starts off interesting and fizzles off miserably in the end. Shamdat manages to keep us interested in the film through diverse subplots. But the script fails to hold all these subplots solidly towards the end and this Street Lights becomes a disappointment.
The plot of the movie is a bit difficult to summarize as it has all the spoilers. A diamond necklace owned by a rich guy gets stolen by a group of thieves. On the recommendation of the rich guy, a police officer privately investigates the case. The movie is about this particular investigation that goes behind the thieves and the necklace.
The plot here has many stories getting connected strangely on one particular day. The film kicks off neatly, giving us moments of curiosity. But what happens at the end wasn’t doing justice to the initial build up and the worst part is that it makes the film look really bad. The result becomes almost half of what it promised. The usual way of uneasy levels of coincidences is abundant in Street Lights and those coincidences are the ones that construct this story.
The base plot of this movie is fine. But the conversion of it into film misses a lot of subtle points. From edit patterns to visual treatment, Shamdat isn’t able to bring in a directorial charm to this film. The excessive writing also causes problems. The explanatory dialogues make it more and more unreal. The script lacks the much needed punch. The staging of all the events needed a bit more craftsmanship from the director.
Handsome looking Mammootty looks fine for the role and yet again this is a role that doesn’t challenge him. Stunt Silva has a main character in the film, but doesn’t have the grace to pull it off convincingly. Soubin, Dharmajan and Hareesh were under used and Lijomol was offered a role without substance.
It is the background score by Yakzan Gary Perera- Neha Nair that makes it a little more superior. The music this time wasn’t making any waves. Sadat Sainudheen’s cinematography was also not making any serious impact on the narrative.
Street Lights has the getup of an intriguing thriller set in a short span of time. The unveiling of the mystery happens quite abruptly and the kind of preachy feel the film gets at the end also diminishes its quality.
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