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Solo  ( U ) (2017)  (Malayalam)
Solo surprises and shocks, with varying degrees of success. 2.3 out of 5 (Average) Solo NOWRUNNING REVIEW | Vighnesh Menon (NOWRUNNING)
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 2.6 out of 5 (Fairly Good) 2.6 out of 5 (Fairly Good)  
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Solo, the bi-lingual anthology film from Bollywood filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar, is not an experiment gone wrong per se, but is littered with bizarre moments which are either embarrassing or enlightening, depending on the sensibility of the viewer.

Starring Dulquer Salmaan in four different roles, 'Solo' sounds like a misleading title for Nambiar's film. But, it is essentially about different avatars of one supreme entity, clearly revealed as Lord Shiva. Shiva's status as a demigod in Indian mythology, is translated on screen through the committed all-round performance from Dulquer. He totally nails this four-fold interpretation of Shiva, with the basic constants of extreme rage and extreme love transcending the character, story and its all-encompassing hero. Granted, he is again asked to show swagger, aggression and passion- traits right up his alley- but his own little improvisations make the star a treat to watch.

Nambiar's eye for visual splendour and ear for gorgeous music are what Solo majorly thrives from. The story, on the contrary, plots an inconsistent graph. The first-half is a below-par attempt at crowdpleasing entertainment and style. The second-half, on the other hand, produces the best and worst of the pack one after the other, and the audience can only wonder why they are placed so. The segments in question are of heroes Shiva and Rudra. The story of Shiva- hands-down the peak point of Solo- owns an aesthetic quality and storytelling ingenuity that far surpass the other creations from the director. It is where the viewers are most engrossed, thanks to the emotional subtlety and intensity firmly rooting said short narrative.

Its effect doesn't last long, courtesy of the unintentional comedy that follows in Rudra's story. It is freakishly sentimental, strangely written and inappropriately unraveled, resulting in a portion that will be enjoyed for all the wrong reasons.

Solo is unapologetically melodramatic. Understandable, since Malayali and Tamil moviegoers are generally immune to such a cinematic tone. Yet, its quest for a profound exchange of ideas is bogged down by a script that is more concerned about fan service and preposterous plot twists.

You can see a superb film lurking somewhere underneath Solo. Nambiar fails to bring that film out into the spotlight, content with the inconsistency of his concept instead. It is this complacency which makes Solo- for all the Gods it alludes to- excruciatingly powerless and impersonal.
Critic: Vighnesh Menon
 2.3 out of 5 (Average) 2.3 out of 5 (Average)  

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

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Rajoy Alfes
The four elements of human organism- water, wind, fire and earth-forming the theme of the four stories respectively is not weaved well into the stories. It has only superficial and insignificant reference in the stories, and I feel it would have been better had no mention of it been made anywhere in the publicity stunt by the director. Though DQ is the backbone of all the stories and also the only attraction of the movie, he could have improved his performance as a stammerer in the first story   Solo User Rating



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