Koode Malayalam Movie ReviewFeature Film | Drama
Director Anjali Menon analyses the theme of "Koode" by exploring the mental conflict of the protagonist, neglecting the possibility of creating a hammy drama. Even then, her usual subtlety and signature charm in the treatment of emotions are terribly missing in the vital phases of the tale. An astute and smart filmmaker, this time Anjali's script appears to be soulless in her creation's totality albeit it explores in depth the relation between a brother and a sister. The slow pace in the treatment is apt for the toned down sentimental premise.
Joshua, played by Prithviraj, bears the burden of looking after the family and also keeping the emotional aspect of the plot intact. Surprisingly, Anjali seems to be floundered and constraint in the resources that might take forward the plot to a refreshingly creative terrain. The director's key focus is on Joshua and Jennifer Mary Thomas aka Jenny, portrayed by Nazriya Nazim Fahadh. But the people surrounding them are devoid of clear identity.
The struggling childhood friend of the hero, Sophie (Parvathy), is an absolute trite character created for some predictable scenes. Atul Kulkarni as coach Aharaf is another example for the lackadaisical characterisation. They have been portrayed as the individuals, who made an impact on Joshua's life. But the visual explanation is hardly enough to satisfy the viewers.
The premise of Ootty and Joshua's return from abroad after the death of his sister Jenny mark the beginning of unveiling a unique relationship between siblings. His parents, Aloshy (Ranjith) and Lilly (Maala Parvathy), find him as the major breadwinner of the family. A mechanic by profession, Aloshy is shattered by financial burdens and emotional pain.
Joshua is in the midst of a dilemma as he finds himself losing his prime years in the Gulf, starting from the age of 15. He is also haunted by the memories of his sister. Now he can see and talk to his sister by sitting in her favourite vehicle. Jenny shares her affection for him and her college life. He wakes up to the changes in the world around him through Jenny's description. This fantasy is the crux of the plot, which stands precariously regarding its acceptance by the viewers.
Nazriya is energetic in "Koode," which marks her return to the limelight after a hiatus. She admiringly lends new momentum to the tale. Prithviraj keeps the same expressions throughout as a hapless youngster, who realises the affection of his sister after her death. The robe of a disappointed youth is not a challenging role for him.
Littil Swayamp beautifully conceives the visuals to enhance the milieu of the story. To sum up, "Koode" is a family drama with an inappropriate blend of fantasy and reality. The fantasy element dominates the narration of the heart-warming relation between a brother and a sister while the impact of real incidents conveys only skin-deep experience.