Poomaram – Malayalam Movie Review
Poomaram: More a Youth Festival than a Movie
Date: March 17, 2018
Theatre: MT Cineplex, Pothencode, Trivandrum
Release Date: March 15, 2018
Poomaram, despite not a superstar movie, has been enjoying the title of ‘The Most Awaited Movie’ for the last two years. It is long after the release of ‘Njanum njanumentaalum’ that ‘Jimikki Kammal’ and the winking girl created ripples in Malayalam film industry.
Abrid Shine’s Poomaram is set on the backdrop of a University Youth Festival. If you have ever been to, or participated in a Youth Festival, you can easily relate to many of the incidents in the movie.
Kalidas, Joju George, a couple of people who appeared in ‘Action Hero Biju’ and Meera Jasmine and Kunchacko Boban who appear as themself are the only familiar faces in the movie. Though not exceptional, I think Kalidas has done his job well. Among the new faces, the girl who acted as the leader of St.Teresa’s College presented a natural acting. Many others were either average or below average.
What I Liked
- The director’s sincere effort to capture all facets of the Youth Festival most vividly.
- The songs and the poems. The Malayalam version of Pablo Neruda’s ‘Tonight I Can Write The Saddest Lines’ and the song that was enlivened by KS Chitra need special mention.
- The climax that conveyed a profound message.
- How some main characters in the movie remained as strangers till the end. I am sure this would be a surprise to all conventional cinemagoers.
- There were no unnecessary digressions.
What Didn’t Impress Me
- The first half was uneventful, and hence boring. Amateurish dialogue delivery of some characters made it worse.
- Entertaining for those who like youth festivals.
- Watchable for those who are longing to see something different.
- Not for those who are expecting a thrilling campus story.