Cast: Dhanush, Erin Moriarty, Berenice Bejo, Barkhad Abdi, Gerard Jugnot
Based on the book The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas
Cinematography: Vincent Mathias AFC
Music: Amit Trivedi, Nicolas Errera
Director: Ken Scott
Dhanush earned name as a dependable performer with his many films in Tamil and he could extend that market in Telugu as well. Even though he doesn’t have huge market, he still has good enough recognition in Telugu states. With Ranjhaana, he could earn some fans in Hindi and he did Shamitabh too. His first International film, The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir released on 21st June after a long delay of an year.
Movie has a very dry humour and sluggish pace. As a novel, some ideas work very well but when they are brought into film form, the director and actors have to make the world believable. Here, the journey seems to extraordinary to believe and too pale to connect with. It feels like an ambitious film said on a very tight budget without real heart or soul.
Most of the movie meanders on the idea that humans shouldn’t encourage borders but doesn’t really sell it convincingly. The tone just keeps shifting from being energetic to low key and then it just dilutes any impact that actors could create with great naivety. Director, Ken Scott tried hard to make the premise palpable but he missed the trick by letting the character grow more on the audiences.
There are moments where we feel like the team is genuinely trying to tell a story but they are all scattered around so much that we just feel like watching those few scenes like they could have been presented as highlight reel of 5-6 minutes. Movie doesn’t hold together after a point and it feels like it is trying to up the game but script just pulls all the efforts of the team down.
Dhanush might have liked the idea and being part of an International film but his caliber is far beyond such a lousy film. In fact all actors deserved a better film and even the subject material deserved a better adaptation. On the whole, movie feels too long and boring at every moment. It doesn’t deserve your attention at a theatre.