Minnal Murali Review- Local superheroes go on a thrilling trip
Basil Joseph’s Malayalam movie on Netflix Minnal Murali, with Tovino Thomas in the lead, finally able to crack the formula of Superhero for India
Basil Joseph's Malayalam movie on Netflix Minnal Murali, with Tovino Thomas in the lead, finally able to crack the formula of Superhero for India
A superhero film that hyper-localizes the grandiose concepts of Hollywood tent pole movies and draws awe from feats of strength and daring had been waiting to happen. Crusaders emerge on the short walk between the low-rise residence and the grocery shop in Minnal Murali.
Basil Joseph's humorous Malayalam-language film, which is now available on Netflix, has an improvised air to it, which fits the origin story of an unexpected savior. The tailor Jaison (Tovino Thomas) is longing for his lost love Bincy (Sneha Babu) in a small town in the pre-cellphone period and is eager to leave the place for forever. Shibu (Guru Somasundaram), who has never given up hope of reconnecting with his childhood sweetheart Usha, is also in the area (Arya Salim).
Jaison and Shibu's fortunes are cleverly soldered in the screenplay by Arun Anirudhan and Justin Mathew. Both men are hit by lightning (the title's minnal), obtain superhuman skills, and try to reconcile their broken hearts on the same day.
The narrative of two superheroes for the price of a single ticket benefits from being presented at the correct scale, but being overstretched. Minnal Murali authentically portrays Jaison's nerdy nephew Josemon's wide-eyed and knee-high perspective (Vasisht). The stakes aren't high, the visual effects aren't high-tech, and the superheroic acts aren't excessive. Before things get to a head for Jaison and Shibu, the performers are surrounded with light observational comedy.
Jaison isn't the brightest bulb in the room, and he requires Josemon's guidance to figure out the superhero mythos, which is a great touch. Tovino Thomas portrays the local crusader with a simple charm that fits the film's setting.
Shibu, who has been damaged by a series of tragedies, is an equal match for Guru Somasundram. Aju Varghese as Jaison's harsh brother-in-law, Baiju Santhosh as the flat-footed police station chief, and Femina George as the fiery karate coach 'Bruce Lee' Biji are among the notable secondary roles.
The 159-minute film lays the groundwork for a sequel. Biji, who doesn't require a superhero to get around, might play a bigger role in the Minnal Cinematic Universe as Jaison's high-kicking sidekick.