Puli Movie Review - A Visual Treat for Vijay Fans and Kids

Puli Movie Review and Rating

Amidst high expectations and crossing plenty of hurdles, Puli released in most regions today. Vijay and director Chimbu Deven has a lot riding on their shoulders. The movie is a fantasy action drama as expected with lots of visual effects.

Release date: 1 October 2015Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Cast: Vijay, Sridevi Kapoor, Sudeep, Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani, Nandita Swetha, Prabhu, Vijayakumar, Thambi Ramaiah, Aadukalam Naren, Imman Annachi, Robo Shankar, Sathyan, Vidyullekha Raman, Jasper, Gayathri Raman and many othersWritten and Director by Chimbu Deven
Music by Devi Sri PrasadCinematography Natarajan Subramaniam
Edited by A. Sreekar PrasadProduction company SKT Studios
Distributed by Sri Thenandal films (Tamil Nadu), Ayngaran International (UK), Thameens (Kerala), S. Narayan (Karnataka), Pahlaj Nihalani (North)Running time 154 Minutes
Language Tamil CBFC Rating: 'U'

As the director request, Puli definitely should not be compared with Baahubali as it was a marvel in Indian cinema that cater to everyone than specific fans. The movie has a couple of good things to discuss about while there are flaws which raise the question about its overall box office success.

Quick Glance

What's great?

  • • Amazing set pieces with gorgeous castles and interiors

  • • Good costume design

  • • Vijay performs good in his similar style and has a great screen presence

  • • Shruti Haasan and Hansika's glamor part is sure to appeal to the youngsters

  • • Stellar cast including Sri Devi and Sudeep

  • • Near perfect graphics for animals, one eyed monster and tortoise among others

  • • Chithira Kullan song is well choreographed and is fun to watch on screen

What's not?
  • • Weakest and annoying dialogs that is too predictable.

  • • The plot line and the flashbacks hardly leave a mark in our minds.

  • • Not the best screenplay due to lack of story and characterization

  • • Stunts in Tamil cinema has to really change to look more action packed

  • • Dedicated to Vijay fans than general audience

The storyline of Puli is not about time travelling but rather Vijay is born in the same era and fights against the evil princess Sri Devi as well as her commander Sudeep. They are all vampires who rule the world against whom Vijay fights using a special potion that gives them immense power. But, there's more to him than the potion.

The Cast

Vijay is graceful on screen and has great star performance as he had in many other movies. A historical film needs powerful king like characters but to make general audience happy, Vijay continues his usual mannerisms which is acceptable. Shruthi and Hansika has no room to act but be glamor dolls in the songs. Sri Devi is mediocre while Sudeep is near perfect. Supporting cast for comedy including Imman Annachi, Robo Shankar, Thambi Ramaiah among others are a major plus. There's Prabhu too!

The Team

Director Chimbu Deven deserves an applause for managing such visual splendor on screen in terms of costumes, graphics and overall presentation. The team has worked well to ensure that graphics aren't shoddy. However, the director fails big time in trying to appease Vijay fans, young kids and adults at once. Lack of storyline with predictable scenes and comedy hardly saves the day. Puli could have been much better with a stronger script like 'Kochaidaiyaan'.

Music by Devi Sri Prasad is good in parts but the songs are too many. At least one song could have been avoided and background score is again average with plenty of familiar tunes from different movies. Cinematography by Nutty is good and he has done whatever is possible with it.

Despite these flaws, the movie will appeal a lot to Vijay fans and kids because of the graphical representation of various animals. For the general audience, it's not a must watch kind but a good choice if you plan to go with your entire family.

Bottom line – A family fantasy flick that may appeal to some but not for the movie buffs who seek perfection and engaging narration.

Certified Fresh – Yes!

Stars – 3.5/5