Kochadaiiyaan is a motion capture 3D computer-animated period film directed by Soundarya R. Ashwin and written by K. S. Ravikumar. The title of the film which means the king with long, curly mane is a story of the legend.Wikipedia
Whatever one makes of it, one must give both Rajinikanth and Soundarya props for effort. If the film doesn't work, it's not for lack of trying. I'm going with two out of five for Kochadaiiyaan. This one's strictly for fans.
Even Rajinikanth, the one and the only, can't pick up a film and run with it, if it has the oldest, creakiest plots cobbled together from many books.
Kochadaiiyaan, alas, is a fundamentally flawed dud, one without anything to applaud besides grand (if self-glorifying) ambition. And little is as heartbreaking to witness as utterly failed ambition.
Watch Kochadaiiyaan for the vivid motion capture technology and Rajini's tandav in the second half. But be warned, an overkill of patriotism, courage and friendship may leave you bored.
Unsurprisingly, the brand name ‘Rajini’ has proved for the umpteenth time that his face value alone could carry a movie on his shoulders. 'Kochadaiiyaan' has embraced technology in the best possible way, not to forget this being the very first attempt. Looks like director Soundarya Rajinikanth Ashwin has the last laugh after all!
Hardcore Rajinikanth fans will enjoy the film once but the film lacks revisit option.
Kochadiiyaan succeeds not because of technology but because of the writing. The film is motion capture 3D computer-animated but the animation is primeval; both the motion capture and the texture of the visuals are closer to The Polar Express than Avatar or Tintin. The long shots aren't problematic but whenever the camera cuts to a close-up, we are drawn to the inanimate nature of the expressions. The characters feel like caricatures of the real-life actors we have known.
Conventional fans might find it a bit hard to worship their hero in this CGI avatar, but Kochadaiiyaan is a big bold step in opening new frontiers to film making, a step that deserves to be supported.
Kochadaiiyaan is not the work of an amateur and I give Soundarya the credit for trying her hand in something so mid boggling as well as dangerous. The mere look at one of the exquisite war sequences convey the magnitude of her imagination, but the translation of the same into celluloid was half baked. Despite the story having a soul to it, the animation discrepancies suck it out from the film. IT doesn’t have the quaff value of Avatar but for the thumping effort alone, I am giving this film a 2.5/5. Probably the sequel Rana will have that unprecedented quality I am looking for.
Soundarya has stated in interviews that Kochadaiiyaan is her way to immortalize her father. Despite having two Rajinis in the film, she doesn't succeed as the revenge action drama the film never quite engrosses you.
The absorbing screenplay and the technology makes KOCHADAIIYAAN an interesting fare. For the legion of Rajinikanth fans, this film is definitely worth a watch. Recommended!
For all the technological risks that Soundarya has taken, the characters have come across as stiff. Moreover, their facial expressions alternate from cold to horrible. There is no life in the eyes either!
Despite the lack of technical finesse, the filmmaker deserves to be applauded for taking a step towards innovation and change, and setting the ground work for 'Rana'.
A disaster of a film with terrible animation...
There is very little balance achieved in the telling and for people unfamiliar with the culture and rituals of the bygone era, everything on view may appear far-out and fanciful. In terms of technology being used, this is a first, no doubt, but it doesn’t come out as exciting or completely entertaining.
...does not have much for the Hindi film-going audience and will, therefore, not fare well at the box-office. However, its Tamil version has the potential to prove a big hit because of the demi-God status enjoyed by Rajinikanth among the Tamil-speaking audience and also due to the novelty factor.
Audience Reviews for Kochadaiiyaan
The rise of Indian animation...
Kochadaiiyaan is the first Indian motion capture film and therefore I was not able to resist myself from watching this superb movie and I found that it was not just a superb animation film,but also a paisa vasool entertainer!
Seeing Rajinikanth in three roles for the very first time for me is very amazing experience. I had never seen him in such a superb movie.The performances, action sequences,animations,music were all the elements that it has utilized very well.I was awestruck how such an animation is possible.
On the whole,Kochadaiiyaan is a solid film that will appeal not only to Rajini fans,but to audiences of all ages.Solid entertainer!