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Bigil

By Rich Phippen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Ill-balanced Bollywood sports drama has upsetting violence.

Movie NR 2019 179 minutes
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The mixture between out-right comedy and heavy drama is misjudged in this sports Bollywood tale. This is especially evident in the movie's more violent sequences. Take for example, the scene in which the action switches from an old woman driving a neon-lit airplane down a street while wearing LED sunglasses, to a character being stabbed three times in the neck. The women's soccer team sub-plot also makes little sense -- the team are apparently successful, yet require Michael aka Bigil (Vijay) to turn them into winners. The fact that they are crucial to the big pay off at the finale -- despite only being introduced towards the end of the second act, with their motives hurriedly depicted -- is testament to how badly paced the movie is.

The acting and direction within the soccer games is incredibly unconvincing, bordering on parody. While this could be excused if the movie maintained its comedic tone, with the violence and melodrama that dominate the story, it just doesn't work. Add to that the song and dance routines and the result is a combination of stories and tones that fail to gel together.

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