Thursday, February 23, 2017

Jolly LLB 2 - Movie Review

Highly avoidable. If the first Jolly LL.B. was identifiable because of its perfect casting, believable characters and situations and well plotted story, the second one fails on all fronts. The characters and situations are not believable and inconsistent and for much of the story one feels that they are trying to find the thread and clearly not succeeding. Why did they replace the loveable and malleable Arshad Warsi with Akshay Kumar who does not look the part at all I wonder? A look at the poster gives it away - I wish I'd seen the poster before I booked the tickets.

So you have this super smart, ambitious lawyer Jolly who is capable of doing things like outwitting the exam mafia with his intelligence but who cannot get past his boss for 15 years and set up his own office. The same guy also cheats a highly gullible lady of two lakhs and for some reason cannot calm her down or convince her that he will do her justice. I could not make out if he was smart or plain foolish. Huma Quereshi looks like she wandered on to the sets and has been invited to have a drink - her role is that of a drink loving, Gucci loving wife Pushpa and she does not look the part one bit nor does she even try to. Too much exposition, telling us stuff we already know makes it all predictable and worse, boring.

If one has actors like Anu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Vinod Nagpal and stars like Akshay Kumar and Huma Quereshi and still fails colossally to create an interesting and entertaining movie it is a sheer waste of resources. The joke in the end is a give away - you do that when you know that the film won't hold on its own. Lessons learned - don't believe in sequels and check the posters before you book tickets. 

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