Sethupathi Movie ReviewPublished: February 19, 2016
Movie : Sethupathi
Directed by : S. U. Arun Kumar
Produced by : Shan Sutharsan
Written by : S. U. Arunkumar
Starring : Vijay Sethupathi, Remya Nambeesan
Music by : Nivas K. Prasanna
Cinematography : Dinesh Krishnan
Edited by : A. Sreekar Prasad
Production company : Vansan Movies
Release dates : 19 February 2016
Country : India
Language : Tamil
Vijay Sethupathi has it all written throughout ‘Sethupathi’ and it completely travels on his strong performance. There is a sort of excitement and sluggishness on pars when we watch this film. Right in the first frame, we are introduced what we are about to witness in the next couple of hours. Sethupathi is a honest cop, who has a stubbornness and softness towards the profession and when it comes to family, he is a kiddo of innocence. He doesn’t miss to show his emotional attachment to wife (Ramya Nambeesan) and children. He never shows up his anger towards his fellow juniors at work, though he would hilariously attack them with witty lines. But his focus and anger is all towards finding the right justice against the ones who mercilessly killed a honest police officer.
The first half naturally has its impact of engrossing moments, where you don’t feel the stress anywhere. There are racy moments and you’re sure to enjoy them up, though a sense of Déjà vu strikes up now and then. Arun Kumar has convincingly imprinted the family quotients in a soft tone and in the very next sequences; we would find the seriousness with investigation prevailing up. But what turns out to be a slight disappointment is that Arun continually keeps repeating the pattern in second half as well. He could have completely avoided more family elements during the second hour, which could have kept the narration intact.
Vijay Sethupathi is a method actor, who could easily manage to take a cakewalk with any roles, he essays. This film is no exception as it gains him best laurels as a mass hero. He does what the usual mass heroes have done, but with discipline and perfection. You don’t see him flying across the airs, bashing down the baddies and shout out the punch dialogues, but he literally plays according to the situation. Ramya Nambeesan is a perfect cast for this role, but the disappointment comes in the form of baddies and his group. They don’t fit in well for the characterisation and someone like Prakash Raj could have added up more intensity.
Musical score by Nivas K Prasanna is pleasingly good, where he offers a mix of genres. The mass number by Anirudh fits well to the impact and couple of melodies are commendable indeed. Editing by Sreekar Prasad is simply best on transition that proceeds up the narration in style.
If director Arun Kumar had avoided too many family portions in the second half and replaced the baddies with more powerful actors, Sethupathi would have been more impactful.
For now, it holds a mass appeal from Sethupathi and although the story looks time worn, it proves to be a worth watchable show.
Verdict: Vijay Sethupathi strongly appeals with mass heroisms.