Mersal Review – Vijay at his Charismatic Best!!
Spoiler free FDFS review
Mersal’s expectations have sky-rocketed due to successful teaming of Vijay and Atlee coming together again. Mersal’s rich looks and production value have been evident in every promos, music, posters, teasers and trailers. Will the movie live up to the pre-release image it has successfully built?
It is difficult to say what works for Mersal – is it Vijay’s charisma, screen presence and acting? Is it Atlee’s excellent direction and screenplay? Is it AR Rahman’s music? SJ Suryah’s cold-blooded villainy? GK Vishnu’s exceptional camerawork and so on… When all these come together, the magic happens. Mersal Magic!
Vijay all the way!
Mersal is undoubtedly Vijay’s best performance till date. Vijay scores big in almost every scene with his charisma, acting, deftness, physique, dance, stunts, comical timing and intense delivery. Vijay is comfortable throughout the movie. There is not a single frame he doesn’t look great, evident in ultra-high speed shots. Vijay oozes style and looks younger than ever. Ironically, Vijay loses his ilaya (young) to become Thalapathy. In that regard, Mersal may be a transformational movie for Vijay from multiple perspective.
Atlee's Direction and Script
Atlee should be credited for his exceptional confidence in the way he unfolds the story. Atlee brings the blend of very best of Shankar’s rich production value and AR Murugadoss social theme from Ramana. Atlee’s brings his flamboyance in the form of rich visuals and technical values. Atlee’s maturity in screenplay is in full display as he builds up the suspense elements around Vijay’s characters. Atlee has co-scripted with Baahubali fame KV Vijayendra Prasad. No wonder, Mersal’s similarities with Baahubali delving on the most primal instincts of revenge is unmistakable.
In an industry with dearth of good villains, SJ Suryah stands tall after successive phenomenal performance in Spyder and now Mersal. SJ Suryah prediction of medical business are high points of his acting and writing. Hope SJ Suryah continues to play to his strengths. Kajal, Samantha and Nithya have their own space despite their understandably limited screen time. Among the three, Nithya Menen has the meatiest role. Welcome come back for Vadivelu despite some of his spontaneity may be a tad off.
Mersal boasts of A-team of technicians and crew members. AR Rahman’s songs pep up the proceeding and helps with lighter moments, especially in the first half. AR Rahman’s background track provides a classy touch and serves as a relief. In many scenes, AR Rahman’s unexpected score gives a different dimension to the scene. Case in point, the scene where Nithya is operated while intercut with Vijay narrating how he met her.
GK Vishnu’s cinematography is one of the strongest pillars for Mersal. He does a great job in showing Vijay the best in recent times. GK Vishnu has poetically visualized even the gory accident scenes. GK Vishnu is the name to watch out for. Ruben’s editing is silky smooth and at the same time fast and intense. The color coordination and set design by Muthuraj add to the classy production value. The stunt scenes with magician has been creatively done. Costume design is noteworthy as in other Atlee films.
There are not too many minuses. If you have to be picky, one may have some issues with the length, violent action and heavy dose of social theme.
Vijay is at his charismatic best. Mersal is arguably Vijay’s best commercial all-round performance till date. Atlee as the captain has extracted the best out of every cast and technicians.
Don’t miss Mersal’s magic and message!
Rating: 3.75 out of 5