Monthly Archives: December 2010
Ok first things first, there is very little Christmas in this one (had to mention it coz its marketed that way) and very little about the Little Fockers. We have come to expect this from the previous editions that what it lacks in groundbreaking writing, it more than makes up for in its stellar cast and their classic comedy timing, awkwardness being the epitome of its theme. However the absence of freshness in ideas and the surprise elements like the cameos by Jessica Alba & Harvey Keitel not living up to their reputation makes this 3rd edition the weakest Focker (pun intended) yet.
Pretty much all the characters are exactly rooted to where they were. The fact that Jack Byrnes (De Niro) had made somewhat of a truce with Gaylord Focker (Stiller) robbed us of whatever juice was left in prospects. The Focker parents, Kevin (Owen Wilson) and the rest of the supporting cast had nothing new to offer. Jessica Alba’s character was one of the worst written pieces in recent history. She’s not known to someone who makes brilliant choices anyways, so we forgive her. Harvey Keitel had very little to do, but obviously took centre stage in his altercation with Niro’s character which to me was easily the best moment of the movie. The kids well as mentioned earlier had no roles to play in the entire scheme of things. They were close to being a prop in the screenplay if at all. The highlights as some may come to expect, were some intermittent adult references which were mostly odd, and obviously fell flat on its face. & a showdown of sorts between its principal characters that involved some fist fighting (totally unnecessary).
In the end they squeeze in a scene with Christmas as its backdrop, where all is well in Fockers – Byrnes alliance. Literally hinting that there would be a fourth edition sometime in the future. Hope the writers take a cue, should Little Fockers fail to bring in the audience, and end on a high.
All in all as for “Little Fockers” a perfect setting for the enterprise to prove its worth in the absence of other feel good family entertainers this holiday season was all but squandered. I’d still recommend it for its few and far between laughs in case You’re that bored at home. Its 2.5 / 5 for me. What do You think ? See what some of the others had to say
Farah Khan the celebrated Bollywood choreographer returns for the 3rd time at the helms of affairs as a director after “Main Hoon Na” & “Om Shanti Om”. If there is one thing we have learnt from her earlier works is to expect plenty of senseless plot developments, action sequences without a purpose, beautifully choreographed dance numbers and the absence of any storyline. All in all some serious entertainment minus the all so serious perspective. The fact that her previous works were runaway hits in the box office, almost assures us, that her next would follow suit. If the promos were anything to go by, it all looked rather amplified, with a certain “Sheila Ki Jawani” ruling the Indian music charts in the last month or so. Katrina oozes sensuousness in the video. Check it out
Akshay Kumar replaces SRK as the main man in the enterprise after AK had assured the cash registers rang big time in Farah’s brother Sajid’s “Houseful” earlier in the year. Add the other Akshay of the industry (Khanna) with a ridiculous wig and a plot thinner than wafer. Than punctuate the narration with rampant digs on almost everything You can fathom from Slumdog Millionaire, Danny Boyle, Anil Kapoor, Steven Spielberg, Sleepy Hollow, Aamir Khan, Manoj N Shyamalan to Manoj Bajpai and then to Manoj Kumar… As for events there is a hugely popular song which I have hinted about earlier, a couple of robbery scenes and in a style only Farah Khan can pull a few cameos from Anil Kapoor, Salman Khan & Chunky Pandey. Editing is the weakest aspect of the production and the song sequences the best.
The most intriguing part of the movie is the acting. It all looked like a lot of goofing around was captured in a camera and eventually put together as a movie. The irony is; that sums the better part of the story. A particular scene describes the 2+ hrs long narration of the movie beautifully. Akshay Khanna’s character after the director says “action” is at a loss as he has no idea what he is to supposed to do. The director enacted by Akshay Kumar chews his hands and pulls his hair in disgust and eventually comes up with something as incomprehensible as the movie itself.
Well that is “Tees Maar Khan” for You. Go and watch it for “Sheila Ki Jawani” because its on 35mm and sounds better than Your home theater. Let me know if You agree with Farah about mindless being a tough job