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Jaison is a tailor who wants to leave the small Indian village he calls home for the United States, but finds true purpose by using his superpowers to protect and serve his friends, neighbors, and family.
This is thought to be the first blockbuster Malayalam superhero movie. Set in a small village in India.
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Violence & Scariness
Superhero action movie violence throughout. A firecracker warehouse explodes while villagers are gathered together to watch a play in the middle of town -- lead character's father is killed, and lead character is knocked down and injured, with no recollection of his father. Man in a shop sexually harasses and makes threats toward a woman. Exploding house kills a woman and child. Kids trapped in a fire are rescued. Bus dangles off a cliff, and a young girl hangs off a piece of steel mangled from the crash, falls off the cliff, but is rescued. Villagers throw stones and start a fire. People catch fire when a series of explosions occur in a village. Tailor shop set on fire, burns to the ground. A police officer punches and slaps his wife. Character killed by a spear through the chest. Some martial arts violence.
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Some language throughout, including: "s--t" "bulls--t," "pr--k," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "badass," "ass."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigarette smoking. Drinking. Lead character drowns his sorrows upon learning of the engagement of a woman he loves. Lead character says he was drunk and that's why he punched his brother-in-law.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Minnal Murali is a 2021 superhero movie in which a tailor discovers he has superpowers after being struck during a freak thunderstorm. It's considered to be the first Malayalam epic superhero movie. Expect superhero action violence throughout. The hero and the villain, who was also struck by lightning, fight themselves and others. Fighting with punches, kicks, rocks, various large objects, spears. An explosion in a fireworks factory happens while villagers are gathered together to watch a play starring the lead character's father, who perishes while trying to rescue the injured. The lead character, as a young boy, see this, but is also injured and has no memory of this happening until later. An exploding house kills a woman and her daughter. A woman is aggressively sexually harassed by a man. The lead character's brother-in-law slaps his wife and punches her on the back of the head. Kids shown trapped in a fire. A young girl nearly falls off a cliff when the bus she is on dangles precariously off the cliff. Cigarette smoking. Some drinking, including a scene in which the lead character drowns his sorrows upon learning that the love of his life is engaged to another man. Some language throughout: "s--t" "bulls--t," "pr--k," "son of a bitch," "bastard," "badass," "ass." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an epic superhero movie that deftly mixes the familiars of the form with true originality. Minnal Murali is an Indian, Malayalam language movie about an unwitting and unlikely superhero who must face off against an unwitting and unlikely supervillain. It's a fun blend of DC/Marvel meets Bollywood, with moments of comedy and song to go with the epic scenes of fighting and literal cliffhanging. It's no easy trick to keep a movie entertaining for over two and a half hours, but Minnal Murali keeps it moving with a central story rooted in superhero tradition, and side stories that come across as unique to this region and culture. Also, unlike so much superhero fare these days, there's a relative lightheartedness to it instead of the usual increasingly ponderous explorations of the gray areas between good and evil.
There are some dark moments in this movie, but there's a lack of cynicism that's refreshing. Jaison, the lead character, is a goofy misfit with a head full of dreams who finds a sense of purpose in life by using his powers for good. It takes some time for him to get to that point, but the journey is made more enjoyable with all the different side stories that bring the village to life instead of distract, overwhelm, or confuse the main story. The large budget is evident, but as is shown time and time again, without a good story, the big budget means nothing, and Minnal Murali never gets lost in the trickery of special effects for their own sake; everything and everyone in the movie serves the larger purpose of telling the story. That's what ultimately makes this one of the more enjoyable superhero origin stories to come along in some time.
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