Bonsai has many positives to it although I'd hoped for a positive climax...it ends on a sad note.
The cinematography is lovely and we get to see beautiful, dense forest areas. Santhosh Peringeth makes a good debut direction. It's also a debut movie for the young Haritha Hareesh(already an accomplished singer) as an actor. For her first movie, she's confident and does well. I think it's also a debut for the other child actors Ajin and Sudev, and also for the very pretty Anagha Janaki(as Manoj K Jayan's love). Ajin is a natural on screen as this tribal boy with big dreams and Sudev is also very good as his close friend. Lena as Haritha's mother is ok, she seemed to be conscious in few scenes which is a surprise. Manoj K Jayan also makes an impact as a cycle aashan. His scenes with Ajin is the highlight of Bonsai, wish there were more scenes of them together. Rajesh Sharma as Ajin's father Chemban is brilliant and is my favorite performance from the movie.
Where does the movie slip? I felt few scenes that involved Haritha in her apartment tend to be repetitive(her character is shown to do the same thing over & over..). Also, I personally don't like how the movie ends. The story of Bonsai revolves around the two children Ajin & Haritha and what they value a lot therefore, I wished the climax would not have been as sad as it turns out to be.
Verdict - the end disappoints however it depends on how you view it. Bonsai is still a clean, family movie that also showcases nature so beautifully it touches your soul.