Sreenu Vaitla’s Bruce Lee (2015) Movie Review
Opened: 16 October 2015
Star Cast: Ram Charan, Rakul Preet, Arun Vijay, Kriti Kharbanda, Chiranjeevi, Brahmanandam, Sampath Raj, Nadhiya, Sapthagiri, Tisca Chopra, Shayaji Shinde and Sampath.
Music Composed by Thaman SS
Cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa
Editing by M R Varma
Censor Certificate: UA
Runtime: 155 Minutes
Romantic Entertainer plays a huge part in Tollywood and Commercial films have surely set the trend since ages to come. It is a key ingredient in any typical Tollywood film and why not, the audience loves entertainment with their big heart. Bruce Lee stays to true to its commercial set up and entertain audience in parts. Let’s checkout review for more details.
Bruce Lee (Ram Charan) a renowned stunt master under Dangerous David (JP) working in cinema field. Bruce Lee and Kavya (Kriti Kharbanda) are inseparable brother and sister. Bruce loves his sister more than his own life. Rahul (Amitash) falls in love with Kavya and the family accepts the proposal from Vasundhara (Nadhiya) and Sampath. In the meantime, Riya (Rakul Preet) gets impressed with Bruce Lee’s social activities and he is forced to continue with a false identity before her. In this process of making other happy, he invites trouble. He is a problem for Deepak Raj (Arun Vijay). Whats his issue with Bruce Lee? Whats Deepak issues with Bruce’s family? Will Bruce Lee solve his issues? Forms the rest of the story.
Ram Charan has a particular style of performing, which he has sprang up over years. His fans are quite familiar with this and like it. However, that what makes this role one of the many, no different from his early roles. Director tried to make this character different, but that only works upto certain extent. Look out for a scene stealing cameo by Chiranjeevi (after a gap of more than 6 years) and his cameo leaves a large impact on fans. Rakul Preet Singh looks beautiful and she does a fine job. Rakul Preet will also earn brownie points for her graceful moves. Kriti Kharbanda has been perfectly cast. Arun Vijay impresses with his screen presence in the very few scenes that he gets. Rao Ramesh is fine in his limited role. The others in the cast are not too bad, though no body delivers a performance worth mentioning.
The story of Bruce Lee – The Fighter is very thin. You might say the film tells the story of a sister and a brother. But it does more than that. The film can infact be seen as two different movies all together. The first half of the film broods on sister-brother-father relationship. Post interval, it’s the story of a supercop (undercover) verses baddies. The two halves, coming out as two different films, and you feel that something is terribly amiss.
Once the film’s setting gets established, boredom starts creeping in early on. The narrative just gets lazed preinterval as none of the two stories seem to move forward. But that was clearly ineludible since the director had selected a commercial theme which was all predictable from the very first scene and had nothing in store to surprise the audience. the second half does give you a Déjà vu (Gang Leader, The Valet, Phata Poster Nikla Hero.. etc) kind of feeling, since you already know what’s going to happen next. The jokes stop to be funny; the situations are extremely imaginative and spoofing is way off the mark. The climax too is a dud, but works a bit with the fans thanks to Megastar Chiranjeevi’s mega entry.
Other technical aspects are in sync with the mood and the tempo of the film. The background score by Thaman SS enhances the mood (have few Kaththi inspirations). The songs are major highlights of the film. Dialogues by Kona Vekat are quite ordinary. A tighter editing could have perhaps saved some scenes which both the editor and director decided to pass. Manoj Paramahamsa’s cinematography has helped the film to look grand and glossy. Choreography and Fights are all right. Production Values of DVV Entertainments are wonderful.
Srinu Vaitla intention was to make a commercially viable family entertainer, but it has not worked out well. Bruce Lee just offers an otiose tour through streets that has been dipped in the mundane. With all the formulaic elements intact, Charan and Vaitla do manage to bring in a few titters, but the film serves as a sure sign that Ram Charan needs to reinvent himself real quick. In the nutshell, “Bruce Lee”, has all that Srinu Vaitla’s previous films had – style, technique and élan in delivery. But unfortunately it lacks what Vaitla’s previous films had. With Bruce Lee, the script fails Vaitla for the second time. As a character remarks ‘Yedhava content undadu kanni climax lo anni kavali’.
Survi Review: 2/5 (rated 0.25 more for Megastar’s special cameo)
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