Review By : Genre : Crime, Drama
Joji (aka) Jojji review
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Production: Bhavana Studios
Cast: Alister Alex, Baburaj, Fahadh Faasil, Shammi Thilakan, Unnimaya Prasad
Direction: Dileesh Pothan
Story: Syam Pushkaran
Distribution: Amazon Prime Video

Fahadh Faasil starrer Joji is a brilliantly crafted crime-drama, with terrific performances, cinematography and sound design, though it faces a slight fall at times on engagement.

Besides Fahadh, the film stars Baburaj, Shammi Thilakan, and Unnimaya Prasad in prominent roles and is a modern-day adaptation of William Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. The film revolves around Joji, whose greed to become superfluously rich crosses the boundaries and ends up shattering the entire family.

The film stars Fahadh as Joji, who belongs to a rich family and is the youngest son in it. His rapacity for money and wealth blindfolds him and when the backbone of the family falls down, he manoeuvres the entire scenario and banjaxes the family from its root.

Joji is yet again one of the best films by Dileesh Pothan. The Fahadh-Dileesh combo has yet again struck us with an outstanding film. The film which is based on Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ has done justice to its source. Though the script is slow-paced and may feel like a long-run, the BGM, the performances, the ambience, and the direction of the film cover all the negligible cons.

The performances are outstanding. Though Fahadh is well known for his phenomenal act every time, he still manages to leave the audience awestruck by another stellar act. From the way he walks to his dialogue delivery, everything is stupendous. Baburaj is befitting as Jomon. He truly gets into the skin of the character with the apt appearance required for the character. He successfully presents Jomon as characterized. Unnimaya as Bincy is also convincing and memorable. The silence she portrays is pitch-perfect without any flaws.

Written by Syam Pushkaran, who has also been the writer of blockbusters like Maheshinte Prathikaram, Kumbalangi Nighs, Iyobinte Pusthakam, etc, has again penned an excellent script. Though, at times, the screenplay affects the pace of the film, the detailing and the characterisation are par excellence. The visual tone and the ambience the writer has provided to the film is a major uplifting factor of this flick.

Shyju Khalid’s cinematography needs special mention for its brilliant visuals. He has proved that cinematography is not about beautiful visuals or colourful lights, but speaking the mood of the film and spreading the aura. The audience needs to be taken into the film and should feel the vicinity they are in to be the same as the film, which Shyju Khalid has done perfectly. Cinematography is top-notch and has lifted the film’s potential.

The film is directed by Dileesh Pothan, who has already given Malayalam cinema a couple of super-hits, and now it's a hat-trick for him. The man who gave realistic cinema a wide recognition has created magic once again. The film has been pulled off in a supreme way, without any major imperfections. The movie feels like a cross-breed of Hollywood and Mollywood in terms of its making, and its credit goes only to Dileesh Pothan, who has steered this ship wonderfully.

Verdict: A brilliant Dileesh Pothan and an in-form Fahadh Faasil make Joji a must-watch.


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Joji (aka) Jojji

Joji (aka) Jojji is a Malayalam movie. Alister Alex, Baburaj, Fahadh Faasil, Shammi Thilakan, Unnimaya Prasad are part of the cast of Joji (aka) Jojji. The movie is directed by Dileesh Pothan. Production by Bhavana Studios.