Poova thalaiya is a morbidly grotesque gangster film with exaggerated cartoon characters planning and executing the art of murder.
| Rohit Ramachandran
Poova thalaiya? Neither, if the outcome would determine sitting through the entire film.
A two-timing (a girl and a cab) taxi driver named Kombu falls prey to a gangster mob that only has conversation on killing people.
Films such as Pudhupettai have clearly influenced the director, Raja Mahesh, but he doesn't understand why those films work. He's interpreted those films from the surface and he's trying to make a derivative. It isn't even a worthy tribute. The films characters just keep doing things and you don't make head or tail out of it. The film has flaws all over. It's as smooth as the skin of a leper. There's nice sounding music being played when the man's father appreciates him for killing the Don. There's a music number when a girl's been asked to marry a man who's serving lifetime imprisonment. Does our director even understand how people work? The only visible yet unsuccessful effort is in making the gangsters intimidating. Their entrance is marked by a thunderous noise, shaky camera and side profile shots, not to mention, the constipated expressions and evil laughter. Unfortunately, they aren't the least bit intimidating. Rather hilarious, especially when they bond over dead bodies. The film's a bad joke.
Critic: Rohit Ramachandran
0.5 out of 5 (Poor)
WHAT THE RATINGS MEAN:
0.0 - 1.4 : Poor
1.5 - 1.7: Poor, A Few Good Parts
1.8 - 2.3: Okay
2.4 - 2.9: Fairly Good
3.0 - 3.4: Good
3.5 - 5.0: Very Good