Jailer Cast: Superstar Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Shiva Rajkumar, Ramyakrishnan, Jackie Shroff, Vinayakan, Vasanth Ravi, Mirnaa Menon, Yogi Babu, Tamannaah, Sunil
Music by Anirudh Ravichander
Cinematography by Vijay Karthik Kannan
Edited by R. Nirmal
Produced by Kalanithi Maran
Written & Directed by Nelson Dilipkumar
Jailer Movie Rating: 2.5/5
Jailer is the new movie from Superstar Rajinikanth after Annatthe. He took a gap of two years from his previous film due to Covid Pandemic. The actor has decided to take a leap of faith with young filmmakers and Nelson Dilipkumar got the opportunity to work with him after Beast. Anirudh Ravichander with Hukum song and Jailer Showcase trailer have increased buzz for the film. The movie also marks Mohanlal, Shiva Rajkumar kind of stars acting with Rajinikanth for the first time. Let’s discuss about Jailer movie in detail.
Retired Jailer “Tiger” Muthuvel Pandian(Superstar Rajinikanth) adjusts to his family life away from criminals he used to deal with. His son Arjun(Vasanth Ravi) becomes ACP and his honesty becomes a threat to family. He still goes ahead to capture Antiques Dealer(Vinayakan). Arjun goes missing and Muthuvel decides to exact revenge on the dealer. What happens next? Watch Jailer to know more.
Superstar Rajinikanth is not a small word or a simple name. Baasha, Annamalai, Padayappa, Enthiran, Shivaji have presented him in such a way that many generations will love him and remember him. Such a legendary box office master doesn’t need to prove his mettle anymore. Still, in Jailer his comic sense and acting talent have been tapped into. He delivered in every scene what is required of him. But his character has interesting traits but they are not touched enough by the director. Mohanlal, Shiva Rajkumar, Jackie Shroff, Ramyakrishnan have added grace with their presence. Their scenes does elevate the movie. Jailer suffers with Nelson’s tendencies to bank on comedy more than serious content. Sunil, Tamannaah track entirely derails the film.
While everyone performed well, Vasanth Ravi doesn’t make a big impression. Vinayakan performed well in his role but Rajinikanth range hero needs even bigger villain. Nelson got Rajinikanth to play his age as a Grandfather and in a short flashback brought back Old Rajini as well. But he wrote only sequences for the character but did not flesh out Jailer story. Screenplay keeps dragging the obvious and while it worked in Doctor, here it feels getting lengthy as Rajini did many such stunts and scenes long back. As a retired person, adjusting to family life and being simple gives Rajinikanth a new edge to perform but then the movie ends as soon as second half starts. The heist just feels like a huge drag as Nelson could not make it more novel and make it necessary. Jailer has many things going for it until the heist part starts. Mohanlal and Shiva Rajkumar cameos save the climax.
It almost feels like Rajinikanth has become larger than life than the ambition of young directors. Rajinikanth could carry a sci-fi film like Enthiran purely on his shoulders. Such an actor doing simple mass commercial entertainers doesn’t really satisfy the fans. At least his mission needs to be as big or as mighty as he accomplished in Shivaji. Jailer fails to give him such mighty mission while projecting him as a reformer and ruthless ruler. The character created for him has more potential to accomplish than it does. Other directors need to get this balance right. Anirudh Ravichander music is the biggest asset for this film and other technical departments also did their best. Jailer falters due to the minimalistic ambition with a larger-than-life star like Rajinikanth.
Superstar Rajinikanth swag and performance
Cameos of Mohanlal, Shiva Rajkumar
Comedy between Yogi Babu and Rajinikanth
Vinayakan scenes in first half
BGM and Music
Drag in Second hour
Emotional core feels too brittle
Incoherence in majority of second hour
Jailer Bottom-line: Hukum lacks Strength!
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