I was wondering if Sreejith Sukumaran's 'Hangover' could be in some way or the other inspired by the Hollywood flick that has generated a spew of booze films. And I was literally petrified at the thought, since Maqbool Salman & Co. looked a bit too strange on the posters to be sloshed out.
Thankfully, the Malayalam 'Hangover' has nothing in common with the American film. Except that the drinks are definitely there. But then, you cannot call it inspiration, and even if you did, the American guys would be offended.
Abey (Maqbool Salman), a well-off youngster who possibly has everything that a guy his age could ask for, has three bosom friends for company - Noor (Shine Tom Chacko), Kiran (Govind Krishna) and Appu (Bhagath Manuel). And what could they be upto in a film that has been titled 'Hangover' is everyone's guess that turns out to be true.
Apparently, the rich fellow has just had a break up, and a vacation is what the doctor prescribed. Do not look with a 'Nee Ko Nja Cha' expression on your face, since I am certainly not alluding any similarities between the two films here. Just telling what 'Hangover' has in store, is the only idea that I have in mind.
Not that I have much to tell, since the story is well, what a story should never be. After a series of non-happenings, a dhamakedaar twist awaits you just around the climax, and you need to brace yourself for it, lest it hits you right on your face.
So someone tells me I should be on the lookout for some comedy in a film as this, and I desperately try to do just that. Where are the jokes? Come on, someone point out the jokes to me. Oh yeah, they are there in abundance, but if it's up to your sensisibilties is something that has to be seen.
I should agree that the film 'Hangover' does live up to its tagline, 'It Never Ends'. It does seem impossibly stretched out into eons, though the running time of the film is about one and a half hours. Not surprising either, given the non-events that makeup the entirety of the film.
Songs in a film as this crawl steadily up one's nerves, and the ones in 'Hangover' are no exception. They are quite a pain to sit through, and with no logical reason for their being around, they bust your patience levels in no time.
These young actors do their jobs quite well, and I should say I do not have any reason to complain, when it comes to the live performances of all the four lead actors. As for the actresses, all I would say is that they are definitely there. Period.
'Hangover' feels not much like the heady giddiness that remains long after you have downed your excessive drink or two. It feels more like the nausea and the splitting headache that follows a drink gone all wrong.
Stay off this drink. Stay safe.