Kadal is a story that happens within a small fisherman community and also projects the fight between evil and good.
The movie starts with Aravind Swamy ( Sam Fernandes ) and Arjun ( Bergmans ) having differences of opinion in a Pastors school. Arjun gets expelled due to his behavior which was reported by Arvind Swamy and the former challenges that he will have his vengeance one day.
Gautham Karthik ( Thomas ) is a the son of a prostitute in the village and his mother dies when he's young. He's transformed as a well dignified man due to Aravind Swamy's efforts in the village where the later preaches as a Father of a church. One day Swamy gets arrested due to a plot by Arjun and goes to jail, this pulls Gautham into Arjun's line of business. During this course, Gautham meets Thulasi ( Beatrice ) and falls in love with her ( though she behaves just a friend to him ). What happens after Swamy comes back from jail and what he does with Arjun and why Gautham changes and how, etc is the rest of the story. Its not suspenseful that I am not going to tell you, its very predictable even from the trailer, so just go and watch it.
Rajeev Menon is the right leg for this movie without him I can't imagine being seated for 2 hours and 40 minutes. He has the handled the camera in such a way that even the most simple beach looks out of the world. I learnt that the shoot was done in Tuticurin, Kadalur, Chennai and Kerala and I definitely bet that even if you were taken to the exact same place and given the same camera, you won't be able to show it more beautifully than RM. A lot of aerial shots and usage of Jibs and cranes is nice and the scene where Gautham goes to sea for the first time is simple superb!!!
ARRahman's the left leg for this movie and we all know that he's good. The BGM in the second half of the movie is exhilarating!! I could sense that there was a lot of choir usage given that the theme is Christianity, something not many people of his successful record would try given that the expectation from him is bigger than the Everest. The songs kind of carry the injured screenplay!!!
The characters are not so many, Arjun has lived as an evil person in the screen and portrays the emotions in his eyes and body language, exceptional acting. Aravind Swamy is extremely subtle in the first half and more expressive in the second. Gautham karthik has performed more than a new comer had to perform, his character needed heavy emotions and expressions and he has pulled that well. Thulasi looks promising but needs to go a very very long way. She looks beautiful and definitely doesn't look like a 15 year old :). Other characters like Ponvannan and a few fishermen were also very good.
I have been telling only good things about the movie and you might think why is that many people are bitching about the movie?
Yes! I am coming there to WHAT'S WRONG?
The story is a very good one, but the screenplay is so very slow and I had doubts if it was a work of Mani Ratnam. Definitely lacking in pace and it fails to make audience concentrate on the movie. The scenes didn't gel well and weren't coherent enough with the story. A person sitting next to me asked me why they are re-burying Gautham's mother, and that's an example of the unsteady screenplay.
Even the dialogues were not very impressive, Sujatha's absence is heavily felt! Jeyamohan's dialogues though good were not cohesive enough with the story or screen play. The scenes and the dialogues were highly predictable and the people were just waiting for them to get over.Climax was too draggy and everyone knew what was going to happen and hence wasn't any exciting.
Didn't expect Mani to show that Thulasi will be cured by just hearing Gautham cry for a couple minutes. Too funny but thats the state of Indian/Tamil cinema. This scene reminded me of Alaipauthey very much...
Mouna Ragam was a very sad movie but I can still watch it today and won't be feeling bored, Iruvar was sad and dramatic but I can still watch it multiple times. Kannathil Muthamittal didn't have any masala but people loved it.
Kadal was not like these, it kind of felt sad throughout but that's not the problem, it was just lacking the element to keep the audience engaged.
I wouldn't possibly watch it again and would give a 5/10 which is for the technical elements of the movie.
Mani Sir disappointing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!