The comedy of Vikadakavi rests on its characters' idiosyncrasies. Adding idiosyncrasies to characters always makes them real but here, there's explicit characterization. Each character has one attribute- an imperfection that's capitalized on for laughs. The narrative is the film's weakest link. There's too much soliloquy from the characters and there's an unnecessary sharp turn taken; just out of need for an ending. Pandiraj's Pasanga distinguished itself only because the film abstained from such mediocrity and chose to stick to the subject.
In a time where Tamil Cinema repeatedly uses sexual objectification as an excuse for humour, Vikadakavi conjures up a few laughs without using double entendre (Singam Puli) or bringing up the whore potential of female characters (Ko). In spite of every joke being asinine, some of them still tickle you. The frustrating thing about the film is that it could've been funnier. The film has good, honest intentions but it doesn't get things right.
What I liked about Vikadakavi was even when the tone of the film turns serious; it managed to joke about its characters in bursts while preserving the film's gravity. It doesn't have a good hit ratio but it does hit. In the acting category, the actors are like opposite poles. Amala Paul acts like she's portraying a remote controlled mannequin. Every muscle on her face has mobility but she's glassy eyed throughout. Whereas, Sathish does enough to certify that he can act. The film is above average for the major part but then that sharp turn took the film off-road and brought it to a halt.
Critic: Rohit Ramachandran
(2 / 5) : Average