Cocktail - If exasperation was a genre then Cocktail would be the film to beat!
Comedy films as such haven't really been great in Tamil cinema in the recent past. In fact, you might have to go back by a few years to even pick a genuinely good comedy film. While the bar is already pretty low, here comes a film like Cocktail that I am assuming is a comedy film only because it has Yogi Babu at the forefront in its posters. With a runtime of just above two hours, there were two instances where I came close to having a laugh.
It is really difficult to try and make sense and write something about a film that doesn't make any sense right through. It is not that a film can't be enjoyable even if it is nonsensical. Madcap humour is a genre by itself but Cocktail is not to be mistaken for that. It is not even about the execution that has gone awry. At no point during the entire runtime you feel that there was atleast some effort put in to deliver a palatable film.
A stolen statue, a corpse to hide and a group of eccentric characters. The premise is juicy for this kind of a film but nothing materialises out of this. It is futile to discuss about where the film went wrong as it plays out like one big mess. There are particularly boring films or films that don't get it right for want of talent or experience. Those films might leave you disappointed but Cocktail could get you angry for the sheer disregard it displays with not a single redeemable aspect. To top it all, it keeps resorting to ageist, sexist and body shaming jokes right through. Just one example for what this film assumes to be funny - a dialogue that uses secretary and coconut tree as rhyming words. Yogi Babu gets a Mersal Vijay like intro and maybe in a theatre this would have got a few cheers from less demanding fans. But watching it on OTT in silence and with no one passing comments when they are bored or frustrated makes it all the more difficult to sit through Cocktail.
Bottomline: If exasperation was a genre then Cocktail would be the film to beat!