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Dev Movie Review
Movie: Dev Rating: 2/5 Banner: Prince Pictures Cast: Karthi, Rakul Preet Singh, Prakash Raj, Ramya Krishna, Nikki Galrani and others. Music: Harris Jayaraj Cinematography: R Velraj Editor: Ruben Producers: S Lakshman Kumar, Tagore Madhu Director: Rajath Ravishankar Release date: Feb 14, 2019
Rajath Ravishankar's Dev begins suspiciously like a Mountain Dew ad. Dev (Karthi) is climbing Mount Everest, he sees an advancing avalanche and walks towards it. Is it because it looks as fake to him as it does to us? Turns out, the answer is not so simple.
The reason is a love saga that resembles a Tamil movie javvu mittai. Only, it's not half as pleasant as eating one. From the trailer, it was apparent that Dev is about an adventure-loving man and his romance with a corporate bigwig. Unfortunately, the film never progresses beyond this one-line description. The whole story is narrated to us - wait for it - as part of a standup comedy show performed by Dev's best friend Vicky. Perhaps the audience for that show had signed up for a Mountain Dew challenge as well, or perhaps this was an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for the Longest Unfunny Standup Comedy Show Ever. Who knows.
Karthi as usual steps out with his best performance in the film. The actor excels in the role and has been a treat to watch on screen. His transformation will be widely appreciated by the audience.
Rakul Preet Singh looks lean and has a daring assignment. She plays a young businesswoman in the film and Rakul performed well throughout.
Prakash Raj and Ramya Krisha surprise the audience with their roles and they looked apt. All the other actors have been good.
The production values by S Laxman Kumar under Prince Pictures are lavish. It is evident that the producers haven't compromised in terms of quality.
Music by Harris Jayaraj is pretty good. Some of the songs are not that good but his BGM is decent. Cinematography by R Velraj is colorful. He has produced some sleek visuals for the movie.
Editing by Anthony L Ruben could have been better. The runtime is crisp.
The first half of the movie Dev is visually grand and filled with a glossy friendship & romance track elevated by the lead characters. Karthi is at his regular best and played his character very well. His scenes with friends are the best. The heroine Rakul Preet Singh is stunning and has a different styling for this one.
The script reads like the director walked into an Archies gift shop and wrote down all the corny messages on greeting cards there. Not a single conversation that sounds genuine or realistic. To add to this, there's also plenty of lecturing on "true love" and how women on Tinder are just looking for casual sex while Dev is looking for something more dev-ine (no, he doesn't say this - such puns do not figure on Archies cards). Actors like Prakash Raj and Ramya Krishnan are wasted in insignificant roles though the latter looks lovely.
The plot remains a flat-line all through and the director throws in a fight whenever he cannot get a cute child to make faces at Dev to liven up the proceedings. Harris Jayaraj's music is the only factor that keeps you from falling asleep. Since Dev is doing his adventure thing all the time, Velraj gets ample opportunities to impress. From Mount Everest to the starlit sky, he tries to give us pretty shots to make us emotionally invested in the film. But there's only so much you can care about the snow.
It seems such a travesty to thrust a talented and versatile actor like Karthi into a soulless film like this. He tries to make do with what he has, but is let down by the avalanche of cliches from where there's no escaping. He deserved better. And so did we.
Dev is one more disappointment from Karthi though he excels well in the assignment. Poor script and bad execution makes the film fall flat despite of the grand technical and production values
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