Right from the posters till the trailers, Vetrivel was one movie which promised nothing new other than the vintage Sasikumar stuffs. I was just curious to know on which side did the movie actually fall. The inglorious "Kutti Puli"/" Bramman" side or "Sundarapandiyan"/" Naadodigal" side. Fortunately this happened to fall on the latter side, to be frank.
You're treated to scenes, screen presence, screenplay, flavor and tinge which are no way alienated from Sasikumar 's earlier flicks. He is shown as the same old rugged idler who does nothing more than hanging out with friends, speaking sentimental/crowd pleasing dialogues on friendship-love-family, etc. But still, the beaten-to-death plot gels quite well all thanks to some fresh writing of the same old script, by Vasantha Mani to be honest. He knew the audience rhythm and orchestrated accordingly. With no strong aid from the technical side either, Vasantha Mani was left all alone with some good cast and Sasikumar's boy next door screen presence. And he made a fortune out of it is what I'd say.
Though the movie starts in the most painstaking way possible, the things get going pretty well after the initial hiccups in 30 minutes. The sibling rivalry was conceived quite well and esp the performances from Prabhu, Ilavarasu & new comer Nikila are laud-worthy. The best part is that even though the stuffs are predictable as hell, the humor-sentiment-family oriented entertainer has came out really well than we'd have expected, I'd say.
Music by Imman was not worthy enough at the same time not underwhelming either. Editing could've been crispier as the movie was a bit tad too stretched beyond it's elongation. At the end of the day, Vetrivel is a cliché filled trademark Sasikumar entertainment with the Tamil Cinema 's famous 'minimum guarantee' tag written all over it, which wouldn't leave you worrying if you decide to go for it.