Disclaimer: In this Karnan movie review, I talked about the good and bad aspects of the film. There are no spoilers in here, so you can read this review carefree and please do share your opinions with us down below.
Karnan is a 2021 Tamil language action drama written and directed by Mari Selvaraj, who earlier directed “Pariyerum Perumal”. It got a digital release on Amazon Prime Video on May 14, today. The story of this film revolves around the life of Karnan(played by Dhanush), a hot head youngster who fights for the rights of his villagers with the police and the government. Will he be able to bring justice to his people or not is the end game here!
Just like any other Dhanush starrer, this one also offers you some good action sequences, a couple of self awakening scenes and a lot of emotional moments that will bring tears in your eyes. The cast of Karnan includes Lal, Rajisha Vijayan, Yogi Babu, Gouri Kishan, Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli, G. M. Kumar, Nataraja Subramanian and many, many more. Fun fact, some of the side characters in the film were played by actual villagers who lives there.
The film starts off with a very horrifying graphic and from there on, you will continuously see the injustice been done to the villagers. Director Mari Selvaraj and DOP Theni Eswar together created a visual treat for the viewers. They tried to connect the behaviour of humans with animals to show different arcs of life. The production designers and costume designers helped the director a lot in conveying the story in a complete natural way.
Now let’s talk about the writing. It surely has some flaws and you’ll see it, if you watch the film patiently. Look, Karnan is 2 hours 38 minutes long and at points, it feels a little stretched and over done to be honest. The overall written material brings a lot of exciting moments but due to the introduction of new characters every now and then, you lose focus from the actual agenda. Yes, everyone plays an important role in the long run but without knowing much of their ulterior motives, it makes you feel disconnected somehow!
The action sequences were very well choreographed and executed by everyone. Most of the fighting looks natural and the slow motion surely enhanced the mood of those scenes. The hand to hand combat feels brutal at times and that one scene at the station will definitely make your cry. Karnan is full of different emotions, sometime you laugh with them, sometime you dance with them and sometime you see yourself as one of them.
Dhanush has mastered the art of portraying a villager. In Karnan also, you don’t see him as a hero, you see him as a common man who is struggling and fighting to bring change in his village. His body language all through the film stays in line, determined to reach his goals. Other than him, I really liked the characters of Lal, Rajisha Vijayan and Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli.
The overall experience watching Karnan was very good and the music by Santhosh Narayanan increased it even more. I see it as a storybook being told to me with visuals. If you are looking for a film mixed with mass and class, that you can watch celebrating, this is it. Just make sure you don’t leave it in between, otherwise the magic of cinema won’t reach you properly.
RATING – ⭐⭐⭐⭐