23 March 2013 | nairtejas
Natholi Oru Vellathe Meenannu! (Anchovy Is A Weird Fish!)
I loved the music and the movie starts with a melodious background score which serves as its main theme. From mythological slapstick to further urban lifestyle, Natholi Oru Cheriya Meenalla focuses on nomad Fahadh Faasil who lands up as a caretaker in a high-rise. He is on a quest to write a novel.
The first half is kinda kinky with ennui-ridden story-line, but as the movie hits interval, bingo! The screenplay works perfectly and everything goes right. Psychological drama with romance & ounces of comedy is what this dramatic flick is all about and it advances with a wonderful note. No cheap humor and frivolous unattended characters or sequences saves this film from being a tragedy instead. Although, some scenes were related to hyperbole and not credible enough to believe, understand or perceive, V K Prakash's magic on-screen stays rigid with an unconventional narration & wonderful performance by the cast.
With the happenings around him, he coughs up a story consisting of fear, love & death and the climax stays imminent. A sense of weird pleasure will be received after watching his antics towards the end and thus, this Anchovy is a weird fish!
BOTTOM LINE: A very different film with oodles of ennui, magnetic performances, unconventional story & pure film-making, this is a good try! And, at a time when Malayalam cinema is bouncing forward, this genre is surely firepower. Could have been better!
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES
Language: Mediocre | Violence: Mild | Gore: No | Nudity: Mild | Sex or Foreplay: No | Smoking: Strong | Alcohol: Strong | Drugs: No | Vulgarity: Mediocre