One month before Thoppil Joppan’s release, it was just another movie from Johny Antony who is coming after Bhaiyya Bhaiyya and Thappana. When it coincided with the release of the heavy budget Pulimurugan, it bagged some limelight as the return of the clash between the big Ms. Thoppil Joppan attempts to be a jovial family entertainer, but the methods to do so are tried and tested far too many times in malayalam cinema. The fact that these methods were executed poorly makes Thoppil Joppan, a disappointing affair.
Cliched stories have very often found success in recent times in Malayalam cinema with their different ways of presentation and slight twists in the plots. Johny Antony and Nishad Koya have tried such aberrations, but it fails to hit the target as most of them are either rushed or coupled with weak performances. The plot had in it the potential to be a decent entertainer, but the makers failed to exploit it. A few good comic moments appeared here and there drawing the interest of the viewers back into the movie. There were a lot of instances where the comedy came down to the standard of clichéd TV shows.
Thoppil Joppan began well giving hints that a good fun ride is in store for the audience. The first half went decently without any surprises, putting all the expectations on the second half. But even after the interval it failed to pick up, finally ending up as a disappointment. The movie carries the tagline ‘50% love, 50% alcohol’, two things that have great scope on screen. But Johny Antony could not explore the possibilities of either of them. He weakly packs the old wine in new bottle without ensuring the quality of it.
The cast put up a decent performance, but the way they handled comedy only helped in the downfall of the movie. The director is also very much answerable to that. Mammootty comes up with a good performance but rigidity in acting especially at comic moments were evident at various places. At the same time, It was Mammootty’s performance that lent some life to Thoppil Joppan. He scored at many instances, despite being below par at other scenes.
The music and BGM directed by the legendary Vidya Sagar was good. As a matter of fact, the best part of the movie i.e the initial part, carried the best BGM in the movie.
Thoppil Joppan ends up as a strictly
average movie, loaded with cliché attempted to be presented differently. It has
its fun moments especially when Mammootty delivers it.
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