'Mask' is a super 'hero' attempt which lacks Mysskin's signature touches.
| Haricharan Pudipeddi
In grandeur style, Mask opens up in archetypal DC comics' way creating the impression that you're watching a superhero film but you're not. It's the story of a common man with exemplary skills to protect himself from imminent threat, on a mission to fight for justice. The mask and suit is only to protect his identity.
Myssikn's Mask tells us the story of right v/s wrong through Bruce Lee's perspective. Lee aka Anand is a happy-go-lucky guy with no aspirations in life but with a heart that beats for kung fu and his master. Meanwhile, a group of masked bandits led by a malicious villain are terrorizing the city with frequent stick up. Lee is accidentally sucked into this whirlpool of crime and is held responsible for something he didn't do. To save himself, Lee should straighten things up by bringing the criminals to justice which forms the rest of the story.
The first half supersedes the second with the right mix of humor and entertainment. The second half shifts gears and progresses at a great pace however falls short of giving a satisfying final act. In addition to Jiiva's rewarding performance, the film fares well in the stunts by Tony Leung and music by K.
Narain who plays the baddie gives a riveting performance initially however towards the end fails to add vindictiveness in his role. Pooja played her part suitably well but needs special coaching in expressions.
Mysskin's direction retrospective of his earlier films was unique and different. The idea to shoot most of the scenes at night adds a type of novelty never explored before and it works well in the film's favour and credit goes to cinematographer Sathya.
Critic: Haricharan Pudipeddi
2.5 out of 5 (Fairly Good)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Average
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good