YA is a biographical type movie which focuses on a specif part of the life of Sathyadev(Ajith)
Performance - Ajith has lived the role of Sathyadev,he has given a top class performance and a memorable one.His expressions in
emotional scenes could have better.Trisha is tailor made for Hemanika and she was awesome.Trisha comes for a short time but
her role lingers around throughout the film.Arun Vijay has given his best performance till date as victor,be it his action sequences or dialogue delivery he was at his best.His physique also helped him portray victor as well as he did.Anushka(Thenmozhi) was not characterised well with many questions arising about her role.
Vivek plays Richard(colleague of Ajith) who brings laughs at few places.
Techinal Department - Editor Anthony has done a commendable job as he has made 2nd half very engaging though he could have done better in 1st half.Dan Macarthur cinematography is splendid work.The way he has shot action sequences is awesome.Music by Harris songs were decent and his BGM was very apt.Unnakena venam and mazhai vara pogudhe was picturised well.Yaen Ennai was not upto the mark.Stunt Silva's action sequences was one of the best in recent times being natural and impactful.Costume and make up department has done a very good job to make the looks as natural as possible.
Movie - The story was narrated smoothly. The first had 5 songs which were good but a couple of them were a hindrance to the narration.The way GVM builds up Sathyadev's character was very good.Coming to the 1st half, the story was moving at a sluggish pace.After half an hour the director was stuck at a part of Sathyadev's life and refused to move forward till the interval. Anushka's character was a negative as some of her actions are questionable.But the director built up a massive plot in 1st half which he exploited to full potential in 2nd half.Post interval GVM went full throttle, there was not a single boring sequence.Arun Vijay takes full control in 2nd half and his rivalry with Ajith makes the movie very
engaging.Be it the climax,split scene sequence both the actors were awesome.Anika who plays Isha filled the emotional quotient of the film through her expressions.
Her sequences with Ajith especially Unnakena Venum song will be a big hit among family audience.The movie had few twists here and there of which most of them were predicable.
The dialogues was good most of the time but for some scenes it could have better to create more impact,but GVM had clarified that Ajith did not want mass dialogues for the sake of it.
The number of foul words was too much but it is justifiable if you see it as a part of Sathyadev's character,after all YA is about Sathyadev.
The emotional sequences could have been better as it was not very impactful.The romance portions between Sathyadev and Hemanika was subtle and romantic
but not as romantic as GVM's previous ones.On the whole YA is a class film which narrates the life of Sathyadev to near perfection.The 1st half could have been more engaing and fast paced.
The screenplay could have been better.Victor's character could have been exploited more may be by showing why he came into this mafia group like how Ilamaran/Amuthan had in VV.
The climax portions was very impactful and gives a perfect finish to the film.Kudos to Ajith for portraying this role which has no element for a mass hero and maintains a natural tone throughout.
GVM should be praised for making a movie that will cater to all audience rather than playing it to the masses