Plot- The much hyped Mersal has opened in theaters world over today. The film has a usual revenge plot with Vijay in multiple roles and also a social message on the importance of easily accessible medical facilities for the general public. Atlee’s film is bolstered singlehandedly by the almighty Vijay.
- As ‘Thalapathy’ Vetrimaaran, Vijay is a delight in the flashback portions. It is one of his best onscreen avatars. The way he runs and folds his ‘veshti’ is a sight to behold. He is highly convincing in the emotional moments too. And as usual, he maintains his youth and fitness like none other. His dance moves in ‘Mersal Arasan’ and overall charisma in ‘Aalaporaan Thamizhan’ work wonders for the film. Vijay hides all the other flaws of the film.
- The suave magic tricks in the 1st half add good fun to the experience.
- After Vijay, debutant Dop Vishnu is the next hero of Mersal. He has captured & delivered the scale of the film so well. The budget shows! Art director Muthuraj has given aesthetically pleasing sets which stand out, particularly in the magician’s scenes.
- Among the 3 heroines, only Nithya Menen has a meaty role & she pulls it off confidently as always. She shares great chemistry with ‘Thalapathy’.
- Sathyaraj, Vadivelu and Sj Suryah (though nowhere near his Spyder levels of villainy) deliver consistently in their support parts.
- AR Rahman has dished out a memorable Hit song in ‘Aalaporaan Thamizhan’. ‘Mersal Arasan’ works due to the energetic visuals. Rerecording wise, the wizard mostly just rehashes his song tunes.
- Segment wise, Vijay’s intro scene(s) and the pre-interval block provide a big high.
- Though the social angle and politics touched in Mersal aren’t new, it still makes a mark thanks to the big star involved.
- Mersal has traces of many mass films (director Shankar’s classics and Aboorva Sagodharargal). Regular film buffs will easily spot the influences. Vijay’s own Kaththi and multi-role films of other popular heroes will also come to mind quite often. This reduces the overall impact of Mersal.
- The film could’ve been crisper. At around 170 mins, the pace and flow do take a hit now and then.
- Atlee generally uses his heroines well. But here, Kajal and Samantha are there just for a few scenes and a song each. It’s more like a forced inclusion just for romance and face value.
- In his coming films, Atlee ought to concentrate on novelty and originality in his content, than just pack it with a charismatic Superstar, other big names and good technical values.
Final Word – Mersal carries immense repeat value for Thalapathy Vijay’s fans and is also a good watch for the family audiences this Diwali weekend. Vijay holds the show!