Carbon Review & Rating|
Venu's third directorial Carbon is a much-anticipated movie, especially among the hard-core cinephiles who wishes to see groundbreaking and novel attempts happening in Malayalam cinema. Starring Fahadh Faasil and Mamta Mohandas in the lead roles is touted to be an adventure thriller. The director's previous movies had very little for their disappointment and Carbon looks promising all the more it has some of the topmost talents like KU Mohanan, Fahadh Faasil, Vishal Bhardwaj and Vinayakan, Nedumuudi Venu forming the cast and crew. Let's have a look how well Venu and his third directorial manages to impress the viewers.
Carbon unfolds through the life of Siby; a young reckless man with big dreams who is in pursuit of some easy money. In an attempt to get away from a mess he created, Siby takes up a new mission in a forest-ridden Cheekannipara, where he meets Sameera, an adventure-loving woman. Fascinated by the forest tales told by the villagers, Siby, Sameera, and a few others embark a journey into the deep forest where they meet thing unhoped for.
Carbon has an endearing story which grows more roots as it unfolds and seemingly has more to it than what's obvious and told on screen. But what forms the backbone of this low-pace movie is undoubtedly the brilliant performance of its lead actor, Fahadh Faasil. In fact, he becomes the sole savior of the film at many points during the second half. Mamta Mohandas essays her interesting character Sameera comfortably well, but the movie never gives us enough of Sameera. The rest of the cast including Soubin Shahir, Chetan, Vijayaraghavan, Nedumudi Venu has handled their characters with care and grace while another notable performance is from Spadikam George who appears Fahadh Faasil's father.
One could say director Venu, who has also scripted the movie, has done a good job with the film. Despite being predictable at parts, Carbon has a quality that keeps the viewer amused and thrilled. The characters of the story, especially Fahadh Faasil's Siby, are written with control and great regard which makes them look and sound perfect on screen. Together with cinematographer KU Mohanan and musician Vishal Bhardwaj, Venu creates a magic with Carbon that pulls the viewers, at least some of us, into the film and to the forest.
Final Verdict: Might not be everyone's cup of tea. Nevertheless, an excellent watch!
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Fahadh Faasil starrer Carbon is a highly awaited movie by cinephiles as it marks the third directorial venture of noted cinematographer Venu who have highly impressed the audience with his movies Daya and Munnariyippu. The movie is anticipated to be pleasing visual and musical treat rich with candid performances from versatile actors like Fahadh Faasil, Mamta, Nedumudi Venu, Kochu Preman, Manikandan Achari and Vijayaraghavan among others. As the movie is finally hitting theatres today, here we share you some of the initial responses from the theatres.
The initial response from the theatres suggests that the viewers are highly impressed with Carbon. Fahadh Faasil, who plays a rustic young man trying to make some easy money, has struck a chord with the audience. Fahadh seems to have nailed his character with a flawless act, which, going by the responses from the viewers, is a pure joy to watch. KU Mohanan's visuals and Vishal Bhardwaj's music has also made a positive impact on the viewers who seem to have floored by the interesting storyline.
Towards the second half, Carbon takes a serious tone that induces a certain kind of inquisitiveness. It is a treasure hunt that makes the crux of Carbon. Despite the movie lacking in pace, viewers are unanimous about it being an interesting watch which has its moments. Have look at some more reactions from the audience.
Looking at the initial reactions Carbon is fetching from the theatres, it wouldn't be wrong to guess that Fahadh Faasil has another sure hit on cards. The movie has an interesting story, charming visuals, and soothing music which leaves a mark on the viewers. Fahadh Faasil who has been mesmerizing his characters lately with a natural and innate performance, becomes the show-stealer of this technically-topnotch, aesthetically-charming, enjoyable film.
What Is It About?
Carbon is the third directorial venture from the acclaimed cinematographer turned director Venu, whose previous films stand out as a breakthrough in Malayalam cinema. Starring Fahadh Faasil and Mamta Mohandas in the pivotal roles, the movie is touted to be an adventure thriller set in the backdrop of a forest. Soubin Shahir, Manikandan Achari, Chetan Jayalal, Sharafudheen, Vinayakan, Nedumudi Venu, Vijayaraghavan and Kochupreman among others form the supporting cast of Carbon. Noted cinematographer KU Mohanan has wielded the camera while Vishal Bhardwaj has scored the music. The movie is a much-awaited release of the year.
What To Expect?
- An Engaging, Entertaining And Entertaining Thriller
Nothing much has been revealed about the plot of the Carbon yet. All we know, going by the trailer is, the movie is a thriller set against the backdrop of an exotic forest and revolves around an adventure set about by a couple of people and the unhoped jeopardy that awaits them. In spite all the seriousness of its premise, Carbon trailer also features some light moments of subtle humor, engaging conversations and endearing performance which suggest that the movie would not be yet another run-of-the-mill adventure flick overridden by fantasy.
- Beautiful Songs by Vishal Bhardwaj
The much-loved Indian music composer Vishal Bhardwaj is composing the songs for Carbon. It has been nearly two decades since Vishal Bhardwaj first composed music for a Malayalam movie which was incidentally Venu's directorial debut Daya starring Manju Warrier. Two songs from the movie, which has been released by the makers, were impressive and its Vishal Bhardwaj's music is definitely something to watch out for in the movie.
- KU Mohanan's Visual Magic
KU Mohanan, the veteran cinematographer whose incredible oeuvre includes Bollywood movies like Raees and Miss Lovely has wielded camera for Carbon. Interestingly, it's the location stills of Carbon that first caught the attention of the cinephiles and kept them hooked to the project long before the release of the first look poster or trailer. It seems Venu has chosen some really exotic and luring locations for his movie and together with KU Mohanan's magical eye, it has all the possibilities of being a spectacular movie.
- Another Memorable Film From Venu
Carbon is the third directorial venture of Venu who is a veteran cinematographer known across various film industries. Venu's previous films, Daya starring Manju Warrier and Munnariyuppu featuring Mammootty, were critically acclaimed and well received. And so, the cinephiles and critics are looking forward to another memorable film from the director as he is up with his next. This is the first time Venu is turning a writer for his own film, which also triggers anticipations on Carbon. The interesting title of the movie, and the striking tagline which reads Ashes and Diamonds has also pitched the curiosity of the audience.