Saturday, January 30, 2016

You Too Brutus (2015)

Director: Roopesh Peethambaran
Writers:  Sony Chandy, Roopesh Peethambaran, Mathukkutty
Cast:       Asif Ali, Tovino Thomas, Sreenivasan, Honey Rose
Language: Malayalam

Film revolves around the paradoxical elements of love and betrayal which leads to bizarre endings. It features an ensemble cast and is filled with sub-plots. It is largely centered around various characters who share a house together with Sreenivasan's character playing a big-brother role to other younger room-mates.

Film is quite fast-paced in terms of introduction or, to be fair, lack of detailed introduction for its characters. It straight away plunges into various sub-plots without having any basic main-plot to it. It also does take the intelligence of its audience for granted with a very jumpy fashion of story telling in terms of providing a time-line bearing for the viewer. Most of its best laughs are generated based on unexpected reactions from its characters when they feel cheated. Case in point is Asif Ali's wife being very unconcerned when she comes to  know that her husband was unfaithful to her but all hell breaks loose when she finds out that he has been secretly carrying on a smoking habit. Even though it is not constructed as an anthology it quite works out like that and you end up enjoying some of the story-lines and don't care much for rest of them. 

On the whole, it is not quite as good as sum of its parts but is still a very decent watch. There is a tinge of misogyny running throughout the film. On the technical front, it is quite good with some inventive shot making and some peppy BGM accompanying it. The title of the film comes at the intermission point and that was novel and quite good. Roopesh Peethambaran is familiar to Malayalees as the child artist who portrayed Thomas Chacko (Aadu Thoma) in 'Spadikam'. I haven't watched his debut film as director- 'Theevram' and there is enough in YTB to make you want to actually seek that one out to see if it is any good.

PS: Film can be best described as a poor man's 'Trivandrum Lodge'.

Rating: 2.5/5