Children's Park Malayalam Movie Review
Filmmaker Shafi brings in a tired script to screen sans any real panache and its conventional slapstick format gives you enough hints to the destination. Once the initial scenes are unveiled, the settings for the upcoming incidents become easily predictable. The premise has every perfunctory material for a typical Shafi film and 'Children's Park' rightly claims it easily. The tale unfolds about a three-member group that tries to trick the authorities of an orphanage for extracting money.
The screenplay, written by Raffi, frustrates and bewilders in equal measure simply due to its familiar format. The film opens with the death of Rishi's (Dhruvan) father and on the same day the three children in the house argue for their father's property. When the will is read out, Rishi realises that his father has divided his property between his two daughters. Being a black sheep in the family Rishi is denied of any of his assets. About six-and-a-half crore rupees has been mentioned in the will for donating it to an orphanage located on a hilltop.
After following the idea of his friend Jerry (Vishnu Unnikrishnan), Rishi decides to set out to the orphanage to snatch the money by playing a trick. They find an apt company in Lenin Adimali (Sharafudheen), an aide of politician Kora (Sivaji Guruvayoor). The orphanage is run by Govindan (Joy Mathew), who is bedridden now, and he is being looked after by Prarthana (Manasa Radhakrishnan). Since there are no children, the three youths save a number of children from a child trafficking mafia and put up them in the orphanage. But their aim is to grab the money when it is transferred to the account of the orphanage owner.
What follows are the usual trivial antics and dialogues to fulfill the purpose of comedy. The slapstick comedy format is disappointingly drab, making the movie peters out forgettably. Hareesh Kanaran enters as a cook in the orphanage but he serves too much absurd comments to tickle the funny bones. The 164-minute length adds the burden of witnessing some fight scenes that has exclusively tailor-made for Dhruvan.
Characters have been ineptly compressed into the tepid comic format so that there is no natural flow in the tale narrated in 'Children's Park.' Vishnu Unnikrishnan once again appears in a stereotypic role for merely airing lacklustre comedy. Meanwhile, Sharafudheen's character has an emotional texture albeit he is a dependant of Kora. Soumya Menon as Kora's daughter has a regular appearance without any significance like her female peers.
In a script that has a mixture of fleeting fun and cliched plot, the filmmaker could blend a relevant social issue. But it hardly comes to the centre stage for grave debate since the major focus is on how to con an old man.