The good news – Mersal is Vijay’s Diwali gift to his fans. The star carries the movie on his shoulders and plays to his strengths. He’s getting younger and younger with each passing film which is an added bonus. Of course, there’s a choice to easily dismiss Mersal as yet another rehash by Atlee but his biggest strength thus far has been those deftly placed moments in a known narration. As an audience, you know that it is an old wine in a new bottle but there’s certain smartness in the way Atlee presents his films.
There are moments which make smile, there are moments which stir your emotions and there are moments which make you go wow. Atlee makes sure that his hero is the focal point in all of those moments. The socio –politcal commentary sprinkled throughout the film also doubles up as fanboy moments. One more plus is the supporting cast and the screen time allotted to them. I would have loved to see a little more romance but that would mean relegating the main plot to a mere footnote.
Atlee deserves a huge pat on the back for truly bringing Vadivelu back from hibernation. He is in his elements right from start to finish. Thankfully the comedy is not over the top. Three gorgeous heroines decorate the big screen. But Nithya Menen walks away with a bigger slice of the pie. S.J Suryah is plausible and the rest of the cast do what’s required. The biggest minus is the length of the film especially when the past is revealed. The plot is stuck in the past for longer than necessary
Strangely I found AR Rahman’s soundtrack a little underwhelming. Except for Aalaporaan Tamizhan the rest of the songs didn’t excite my ears as much as his other albums. Maybe that’s part and parcel of working in star films. The songs were beautifully pictured but misplaced giving the feel of a forced interruption.