“Laugh your sock off with commendable performances from the star cast as 'cousins'.”
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On the very outset, let me warn you that this movie is not meant to please your logic, so you may well keep your brains outside and get in for the ride. I'm going to ignore the illogical plot, people surviving massive waterfalls, mythological characters living in a palace in the 21st century, Malayalam speaking Kannadigans and all the Saas-Bahu costume logic. Instead I'm going to judge this movie solely for its entertainment value. One doesn't mind a colorful masala entertainer provided it delivers what it promises to do- "entertainment". And that is what Vaishak Rajan's supposedly comedy- entertainment flick- 'Cousins' fails to do.
Bad jokes, repetitive storyline and an annoying Kalabhavan Shajon are all that 'Cousins' have in stock for you apart from its senseless script. The movie is about four cousins- Sam, Georgy, Tony and Polly who set off for a leisure trip to the Kerala-Karnataka border in order to help Sam recover from his memory loss. On their way, they get abducted by a royal family from the countryside who happen to have a backstory with Sam and this builds up the plot for the rest of the movie.
The sets for this film are quiet colorful for a Mollywood movie and the makers seem to have spent some heavy bucks on the costumes. Cinematography was okay but it felt like those sets deserved a much more graceful treatment by the camera. Despite the big budget claims, none of its songs are catchy enough to be binged on for long and Gopi Sundar's background scores are surprisingly distressing. However watch 'Neeyen Vennila' for the gorgeous Vedhika Kumar and her lovely ghagras if that means something to you. Kuchacko Boban, Indrajith and Jojo did fine doing whatever the script demanded out of them and the leading ladies -Vedhika and Nisha Agarwal looked pretty onscreen in their long dreamy lehengas but totally messed up the acting part. Add to that some lip sync bloopers and toe-curling PJs and you have the perfect entertainment disaster to celebrate this Christmas with. What a missed opportunity!