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Gold Movie Review

by rameshe

Critic’s Rating : / 5

Gold Movie Review : Lacks any sparkle

Story: One day, Joshi, a mobile store owner, finds a vehicle filled with bluetooth speakers parked diagonally in his house compound. As he waits for the cops to take it to the station, he decides to take one speaker to play karoke to practice singing. Little did he know that those aren’t speakers, but blocks of gold. Will Joshy be eaten up by greed or generosity?

Review: At the start, the title credits roll with Alphonse Puthren quirkiness, with the filmmaker thanking time, love and gold. We assume that the director meant his films.

Like Neram and Premam, Gold too takes place in the lush, green banks of Periyar in Aluva. As the movie begins, a butterfly, reminiscent of the visuals of Premam, enters and the focus suddenly shifts to a grasshopper. If a butterfly signifies evolution, the grasshopper as per local superstition is a beacon for the sudden money flow to a home. Soon enough, the audience learns that a vehicle has been parked diagonally in front of Joshy’s house. And the guessing game begins – will it be a vehicle full of diamonds? In fact, it is full of gold wrapped in the form of 200 bluetooth speakers. From then, the audience will learn that all that glitters is not gold; as for the makers, they can’t be forgiven for misusing our time and love.

Joshy (Prithviraj Sukumaran), who lives with his mother (Mallika Sukumaran), is a mobile store owner in a shopping mall in Kochi. One morning, his mother who is always doing household chores, especially cooking, finds out that an unknown vehicle filled with bluetooth speakers has been parked in their compound. It’s also the day Joshy is set to get his new car delivered at home. So he goes to the police station to inform them about the vehicle, to find the cops too, are in a similar situation with a truck of wood in their police station compound.

While the cops ask him to adjust for a few days, a parallel story appears on track. Jewellery shop owner Unni (Shammi Thilakan), out of his ‘love’ for his daughter Sumangali (Nayanthara), offers 99.9 percentage pure gold to her prospective groom and father. Meanwhile, as Joshy’s bluetooth speaker conks out, he decides to pick one from the vehicle, putting it down to parking charge. But instead of a speaker, he finds a block of gold painted like a speaker. Soon he realises that the vehicle has 200 such gold chunks. The movie proceeds on how ‘wisely’ Joshy uses this fortune without informing the law. According to the writer cum filmmaker, it isn’t greed but intelligence, or may be generosity!

Alphonse Puthren might have been a trendsetter for the young Malayalam movie lovers but in his third outing, he has proved that he is also a good advertiser. The movie is packed with several in-film advertisements from Joshy’s brand new car to the mobiles that he sells. Who would not want actors like Prithviraj Sukumaran and Nayanthara endorsing products?

The movie with an interesting one-liner has tried to explore some latest editing techniques and non linear narration. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really work, as it feels like more of the same from filmmakers’ previous mass appealing films.

The thumping music, abrupt cuts, visuals of insects and nature serves more to disturb than enhance the film’s mood. The ensemble cast that flashes into the screen and disappears, including Nayanthara, and also Soubin Shahir and Ganapathy among other, appears for no reason other than as a power play by the maker to show his brand value. Women, except Alphonse’s wife Aleena Mary Antony who showcases a repetitive dance sequence, are portrayed as humans without brains. If Joshy’s mom fails to notice what her son has been doing inside her home for four days, Sumangali’s mom expects her daughter to elope at any time. And remember, Sumangali’s dad picks her partner like playing ‘inky pinky ponky’. The songs and the lyrics have tried their best to be funny, but fail.

As the movie finally ends with a not so surprising ‘twist’, Alphonse Puthren appears confused on screen just like the viewers who spent 165 minutes watching the movie. And he promises a platinum next. Good luck to those who hypesand create stars overnight and make people believe that all that glitters is gold!
– Anjana George

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