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Fun and Frustration-F2 Review
Movie: F2 – Fun and Frustration
If you want to have a loud laugh and have a great time in the cinema hall, watch F2 - Fun & Frustration this weekend for it has all the elements worth your money. Venkatesh Daggubati and Varun Tej join hands for the first time and deliver a laugh riot that will make you walk out of the cinema halls with a smile. Directed by Anil Ravipudi, F2 has uncountable moments which will crack you up and will make you fall off your chair, almost! Known for making humor-filled films, Anil Ravipudi delivers yet another hilarious ride with F2 and sets the mood right for the upcoming festival season
Venkatesh (Venky) is a Personal Assistant to a local MLA who gets married to Tamannaah (Harika) - an independent woman working in a bank. Varun Tej (Varun Yadav) is in love with Mehreen (Honey) who is a self-obsessed artist. Venky has a jolly life for six months into the marriage and then starts getting frustrated. From in-laws coming to the rescue of his wife to learning that his sister-in-law is in love with Varun, Venky sees it all but is stuck in the tangle of marriage, he feels. The frustration hits the pinnacle and then things start going haywire which lead to a series of incidents that will leave you in splits.
Venkatesh plays the character of a lover and a family boy. His comedy timing is very good. This role is a cakewalk for him. Varun Tej is selecting contrasting characterizations. His role in Antariksham 9000 KMPH was totally different. In F2 Fun and Frustration, he chooses a character who is dominated by a female.
Mehreen Kaur Pirzada and Tammanah Bhatia are good as female leads. Mahreen Kaur is seen in many films recently and she did well in this film too. Prakash Raj steals the show with his performance. His get-up and body language are very good.
He provides entertainment with his reactions. Priyadarshi, Vijaya and Annapurna, Raghu Babu and others justify with their roles.
Anil Ravipudi picked up a wafer-thin story and has depended on his comedy and writing for the film. There are no suspense or twists to the film, he banked only on comedy and it worked also. Devi Sri Prasad’s songs are not much appealing but the background score has been fine. The Europe song is good. Sameer Reddy’s camera work is colorful. Editing by Bikkina Thammiraju is good. Production Values are appropriate.
Minus Points: 🤦♂️👎
F2 might very well be the 347295562956th film that’s based on the concept of "Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus" - one that looks to drive home the point that men and women have a different perspective about life. But there’s still something different about the film. Its fun element comes from the frustration of some of its principal characters, and it’s so self-aware of what it’s trying to do that it doesn’t seem offensive despite the very idea that it toys around with. The intention matters a lot, and all the more so, for a film like F2. Thankfully, writer and director Anil Ravipudi doesn’t turn it into a battle where one gender has to prove that they are better than the other, even though the story could have moved in that direction at any given point. Instead, Ravipudi and his team of writers find humor in simple incidents and everyday life of a couple. At times, the bone of contention is a packet of Surf Excel or a shopping experience. This ‘fun’ quotient in the film is what turns F2 into a laugh riot, thanks to some sharp writing and superb casting. Quite frankly, it’s been a long time since a mainstream film has been this funny right from the word go and the gags just keep getting better and better, at least until half-way through into its narrative.
The film’s biggest strength, apart from its writing, comes in the form of its casting. It’s a treat watching Venkatesh and Varun Tej bring the roof down with their comic timing. Venkatesh, in particular, is in great form and this is easily his most fun outing since Malleswari, which released way back in 2004. There’s a particular scene where Venky ends up confronting a dog, and the way it unfolds is proof enough of how smart the writing of the film is.
For all the good work that Anil Ravipudi and actors do in the first half, there’s a major tonal shift in the second half. The gags feels repetitive, and the humour dries up even if the scene is meant to be funny. While the characters and the story evolve organically in the beginning, by the time we get to a point where the conflict has to be resolved, it doesn’t quite have the same effect. It might not be too boring, but at the same time, it’s not that engaging either. There are multiple subplots, each vying for attention, and this, in turn, leads to a major distraction from the path the narrative chooses in the beginning. The climax is a different story altogether. Fun turns into commotion and it’s frustrating to watch a solid entertainer lose some of its magic in the latter portions.
Despite its lows, F2 manages to entertain quite a lot and it's well-intentioned. It wants men to understand the importance of saying ‘sorry’ and ‘I love you’ when it matters the most. In the film, Venky and Varun might have learnt their lesson the hard way, but they do unravel the secret to a life of happiness — that you don’t have to learn Venky Aasan, but just follow when Pradeep says right from the beginning till the end — "Anthega Anthega." If that doesn’t make you laugh, then I don’t know what will.
For all those who love comedy, entertainment and fun with a dash of drama seasoned on the top, F2: Fun and Frustration is the movie for you
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