• Despite the preponderance of sets and costumes spectacular enough to make Baz Luhrmann weep with envy, and a handful of thrillingly choreographed production numbers that sporadically quicken the movie’s pulse and boost its eye-candy quotient, the attractive yet underwhelming lead players are too hampered by the lethargic narrative to sufficiently distract viewers from their awareness of time passing and interest diminishing.

  • The subtleties of How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World sneak up on you and hold you captive. Just go with the film’s irresistible flow. There’s magic in it.

  • That’s an easy quality to underrate, as is the modest but careful craftsmanship and muted but honest performance style that makes “Photograph” — a film itself about the rewards of patiently building on first impressions — a winsome diversion. At the same time, it’s hard not to wish for an occasional hot surge of uncivil emotion in this mellow May-December romance between a hard-up street photographer and an introverted student from opposing social realms.

  • On the flip side, the plot gets a tad repetitive in the second half and seems dragging. Thankfully, Sunil Grover comes to the rescue and pulls up the strings.

  • Manoj Bajpayee adds gravitas to his role and makes an intriguing opponent for John’s character in the film. Debutante Aisha Sharma has a good screen presence, but ends up with a poorly-sketched role. Even Amruta Khanvilkar doesn’t get much scope to perform.

  • Wonder, as effective as it is, is a movie in which everything has a way of working out with tidy benevolence.

  • Julie 2 was described as ‘clean-cut’ by Pahlaj Nihalani, the former chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification. From which angle sir?

    Unsolicited suggestion: stay in bed.

  • ulie 2 was described as ‘clean-cut’ by Pahlaj Nihalani, the former chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification. From which angle sir?

    Unsolicited suggestion: stay in bed.

  • …this film will bore you till you go to sleep and will still be playing when you wake up the next day.

  • …if you were a fan of OMG, be prepared to be majorly disappointed. A sappy melodrama, which even Indian TV reticently produces these days, has emerged as a full-fledged film to scare the living daylights out of you. Also did I mention that the film ends with a voice over that seems more apt for a Class 2 textbook on the subject: how to respect elders and its unlikely benefits?

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