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Lucifer Review

U/A Political, Thriller 2 hrs 54 mins Mar 28, 2019
Excellent
3.5

Critics

3.5

Users

3.5

Lucifer Review & Rating

Lucifer Review: A Restrained Fan Service That Reinvented Known Template

The premise

A combination of superstar Mohanlal and Prithviraj Sukumaran! But not the on-screen team up but as an actor and director. If this didn't create enough curiosity, the trailers and the promos took it to the next level. To satiate the thirst of Mohanlal's fans to see him in a proper mass avatar, Lucifer arrives today and let's find out how the hype is justified with the review. 

We have seen it all

We have seen the happenings in the film a few times already. The Chief Minister of the state dies and there is a power struggle among the rest. One man stands between the evil guys who want to use the situation for their best interests and the benefit of people. The Chief Minister here is PK Ramadas, played by Sachin Khedekar. 

Mohanlal is the man who stands between the throne and the evil son-in-law of the late Chief Minister. We know how it all turns out in the end. So, we better stick ourselves to the other aspects which make Lucifer a viable choice this weekend. We can say one thing. The fans will be rejoiced by watching Laletta in an almighty powerful role after some gap.

What worked well

The best thing that happened with Lucifer is Prithviraj's restraining usage of Mohanlal's stardom. He went nonchalantly with the flow of the narration without overdoing anything. We only see various players fighting to make the best of a political void. There is no divide between good and bad. Everyone has their own fallacies including Mohanlal's Stephen Nedumpally. His understated performance as a loyal aide of the late CM is a treat to the class audience in the first half and his fans get their money's worth in the second half. 

The dialogues also followed the same pattern. There is a deliberate restraint in the usage of punch dialogues. But in the second half, we will get some of the glorious utterings from Laletta in recent memory. There are also references to his previous films and the director in Prithviraj played the fanboy to perfection. All these are done without losing subtlety. 

The narration of the movie flows like a Himalayan river. Starts on a smaller note and flows steadily till a certain point and then bang! It flows without any inhibitions and ends on a high note. The interval block is conceived in a brilliant way by the writer Murali Gopy. It gives goosebumps even to the anti-fans who are certain to flock to the theatres to make hell for the makers with negative comments on the first day. A job well done. 

Another aspect of the film that worked out well for the best interests of the film is the clear cut sketching of the secondary characters. Be it Manju Warrier or Stephen's confidante Aloshy played with aplomb by Kalabhavan Shajon or even Tovino Thomas' Jatin Das. Everyone gets their shining moment and with such importance given to characterizations, the movie obviously endears to the audience who identify themselves with one of the other. 

Vivek Oberoi makes a confident debut in Mollywood as the film's main antagonist, Bobby, the son-in-law of Ramdas (the late CM). He is menacing without trying to appear much like that. Sai Kumar also shines in his role and same is the case with Indrajith who played the role of a truthseeker. 

The crew

The music by Deepak Dev is good without being spectacular. The cinematography by Sujith Vaassudev is at once subtle and grand. The editing is another standout aspect of the film. The pacing is done quite well. There are no unnecessary scenes. The production design is decent and the production values are first-rate deserving of a superstar's film. 

Finally

Lucifer is an example of how restraining usage of stardom works wonders. It also does a great fan service without being too loud. With top-notch performances and effective writing and direction, this Mohanlal starrer is a great option for all the movie buffs to part with their hard-earned money for a couple of hours worth of entertainment. Recommended watch. 

Positives

  • Excellent narration with great tempo
  • Slick direction
  • Subtle yet great dialogues
  • Fan service with restraint
  • And Mohanlal in a role worthy of his stardom

Negatives

  • Routine story
  • Music could have been better

Pycker Rating: 3 out of 5

Tailpiece: The reviewer enjoyed the movie as is. But has a feeling that it could have been better if it came out with a novel subject line. 

Lucifer Critic Reviews

Lucifer User Reviews

  • HariGovindh

    28 Mar 19 @ 5:40 PM

    True, it is a fan service style film, but it showcases Mohanlal in his complete prowess. A strong, straight script by Mueali Gopy adding to the brilliant music and visuals beautifully portray the vision that Prithviraj had.

    It is exactly the way we wanted to see him

    3.5/5

  • HariGovindh

    28 Mar 19 @ 5:40 PM

    True, it is a fan service style film, but it showcases Mohanlal in his complete prowess. A strong, straight script by Mueali Gopy adding to the brilliant music and visuals beautifully portray the vision that Prithviraj had.

    It is exactly the way we wanted to see him

    3.5/5

  • J

    21 Apr 19 @ 5:21 PM

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