Tamil Review: 'Mugamoodi' has a different flavour
The whole story is woven around a youth (Jiiva), who loves kung fu legend, Bruce Lee and call himself as Lee.
We grew up listening to childhood stories, involving superheroes. No different is this 'Mugamoodi'. Director Mysskin has attempted to narrate the tale of a bravado in a different style.
In a nutshell, 'Mugamoodi' is like a 'Batman' or a 'Superman' of the West, meeting the action films of the East. The premise is local, but the flavor is different. The movie begins on a slow note setting up the story. The whole story is woven around an ordinary callous youth, who loves kung fu legend Bruce Lee and loves to call himself as Lee. What happens when he combines the powers of a superhero and his kung fu knowledge against a gang of baddies, forms the rest of the plot.
Jiiva, fits the bill while the surprise element is Narain, playing the baddie. Pooja Hegde plays the heroine while Nasser and Selvaah leave their impressions in a pivotal roles. Lee (Jiiva, is a fun-loving youth who loves kung-fu and adores his master Chandru (Selvaah). He comes across Sakthi (Pooja Hegde), daughter of a top cop Gaurav (Nasser) and her admirable ways and boldness attracts him.
Meanwhile in the strory, enters a gang of baddies led by Dragon Angusamy aka Dragon (Narain). He runs a kung fu school. But during the night goes on a rampage robbing and paints the town in the blood, leaving no clue about them. And then Gaurav gets the responsibility to tackle the crime.
To impress Sakthi, Lee tries to appear before her in a superhero costume. But situation forces him to pin down one of the criminals of Angusamy's gang. He is hailed by the media as Mugamoodi. But the true identity of Lee is not revealed. Sequence of events leads Lee, to fight against Angusamy. And all these happenings boil down to a brutal battle between Lee and Angusamy and then follows lots of action scenes.
Well, Jiiva is the backbone of the movie. He isn't just impressive in the role of a fun-loving youth but also as a superhero too. He is sure to win the hearts of children. His expertise in martial arts deserves a special mention. Narain is not far behind. He is cool as a villain. His menacing eyes come to his aid. While Pooja Hegde appears and disappears in the film. No big opportunity for her on screen.
Nasser as usual impresses, even with little scope available for him. Selvaah, back after a gap, makes his presence felt. He fits into the role of T Girish Karnad as Jiiva's grandfather.
The cinematography by Sathya and background score by K, form the flesh and blood of the movie. Both compliment each other. Especially the BGM in the climax adds pep to the proceedings, while a bar anthem in the first half is impressive. Gaugin as an editor has worked hard but the second half needs more trimming. A song sequence, the only romantic duet between the lead pair, which has been shot in in the scenic locales of Switzerland, is refreshingly different for the whole movie, as the movie is set in the night. Remember, superheroes predominantly work during the nights to put an end to a crime? Sathya has captured the beauty of the Alps, very well.
The climax sequence shot at the Karaikal port is breathtaking. The tall structure where the stunts take place adds to the excitement. This Chennai-centric movie has been captured in shades that is different from the routine.
If Jiiva and Narain are the major plus point of the movie, the first half is breezier while the latter part is a bit draggy. For a superhero film loaded with action, two hours and forty minutes duration makes it a lengthy watch.
'Mugamoodi', produced by UTV Motion Pictures, is a Mysskin's offering in a different plate. He has opted to go out consciously from his style of filmmaking. But the formula is still the same, execution makes all the difference. For those who loves the West and East's action films, 'Mugamoodi' combines both to give some pleasure.