Lucifer Movie Review: This film is an ode to Mohanlal’s stardom.
Last Modified On: 28 March 2019 | Reviewed By: Saurabh S Nair
Prithviraj Sukumaran’s sparkling debut with well-written characters. The screenplay is written by Murali Gopy.
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The film kicks off with the death of Chief Minister PK Ramdas (Sachin Khedekar), exposing his political party's ugly side as they scamper for a successor. Arriving as if to aid them is Ramdas’ scheming son-in-law Bobby with an offer to provide funds.
His idea is to wrest power by installing his puppets as he pushes Z category drugs into the country. Standing in his way, however, Stephen Nedumpally (Mohanlal) - the trusted aide of the late Ramdas.
The movie follows Bobby's schemes to taint Stephen to oust him from the picture, but he pushes too far to reveal another side of Stephen.
Lucifer is purely made for Mohanlal fans and it’s an ode to the superstar’s stardom.
Prithviraj doesn’t disappoint the audience and uses all the elements to please the audience.
The movie revolves around politics and the film uses the current scenario occurring in Kerala.
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The screenplay is written by Murali Gopy. And this is by far his less complicated single narrative story comparing to his previous films like Left Right Left, Ee Adutha Kaalathu.
The strongest point of this film is its well-written characters. Each of the characters dangles between good and evil, weak and strong, faithful and deceptive.
This applies not just for its leads - Mohanlal, Vivek Oberoi, and Manju Warrier - but also the many supporting characters such as the truth-seeking social media crusader Govardhan played by Indrajith, the political scion Jatin Das by Tovino Thomas and also Kalabhavan Shajon.
The weak point of the film is its clichéd commercial elements which sometimes makes the film tedious.
But Prithviraj doesn’t make this movie a hero-worshipping extravaganza. And compensates this weak link with technical finesse including the cinematography done by Sujith Vasudev.
Mohanlal is undoubtedly the finest actor in the country and never disappoints with his acting skills.
But the film doesn’t make him show his acting extraordinary.
Vivek Oberoi did a good debut with this film. His role has enough meat to perform, the Bollywood actor aces the role of the antagonist and does make for a fitting villain pitted against Mohanlal.
Manju Warrier has a pivotal character but somehow doesn't quite her due. The scene where she decides to light her father's pyre and where she confronts Vivek Oberoi are the highlights.
Indrajith and Tovino too have key characters and play their parts well to keep the story moving.
Zayed Masood's assist to Stephen portrayed by Prithviraj himself could remind you of aid that a certain Ali Imran got during his rescue operation in Moonam Mura.
Deepak Dev's music is captivating but tests the patience of the audience with the overuse of loud background score.
At last, Lucifer is a Mohanlal show will please the fans of the star and pleases audiences who like a sure shot mass entertainer movies.
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Average Critic Rating:3.5 out of 5.0 based on 4 critic reviews.
The Times of India
Reviewed by: Sanjith Sidhardhan | Rating:
Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven, wrote John Milton in Paradise Lost. The same quote is played in the end credits of actor-turned-filmmaker Prithviraj's directorial debut Lucifer. In a way, it's only fitting for a movie that evolves against the backdrop of politics and has taken a few references from contemporary socio-political scenario. Read full review
Reviewed by: Manu | Rating:
Lucifer, the film has come up with a whole lot of specialities and the most important one is the fact that the film marks the first collaboration of Mohanlal and Prithviraj. The debut vehicle of Prithviraj as a director is, in fact, a film which has left every movie buff talking about. Has Lucifer lived up to that hype and expectations? Read full review
Reviewed by: Litty Simon | No rating in stars
The movie oscillates between the good and evil, that at times merge and reappear as characters choose between the white and black shades. Read full review
Reviewed by: Saurabh S Nair | No rating in stars
The film kicks off with the death of Chief Minister PK Ramdas (Sachin Khedekar), exposing his political party's ugly side as they scamper for a successor. Arriving as if to aid them is Ramdas’ scheming son-in-law Bobby with an offer to provide funds. Read full review