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Family is a Malayalam thriller written, directed, and edited by Don Palathara. Sherin Chatherine has co-written the script for this film. Sanita Chittilappilly

Family Movie Review

Family Movie Review Malayalam Movie Review
Review for the film " Family"
Runtime: 01 Hour 51 Minutes
Certificate: UA
Released: 23-02-2024
Genre: Drama, Family
3.5 / 5.0
3.55 / 5.0

Family is a Malayalam thriller written, directed, and edited by Don Palathara In an era of big-budget films, some noted director >> Read More... . Sherin Chatherine Bio coming soon... >> Read More... has co-written the script for this film. Sanita Chittilappilly Bio coming soon... >> Read More... and Anto Chittilappilly Bio coming soon... >> Read More... have co-produced this film. This film is distributed under the banner of Newton Cinema. Jaleel Badusha Jaleel Badusha is a Malayalam cinematographer who >> Read More... is the cinematographer of this film. This film stars Vinay Forrt Vinay Forrt, the Malayalam actor, was born in 1983 >> Read More... in the lead role. The supporting cast of this film includes Divya Prabha, Nilja K Baby, Mathew Thomas He was born on 16 October 2002 who made his recogn >> Read More... , Abija Sivakala, KK Indira, Hridesh TB, etc. Following multiple delays, this film finally got a theatrical release on 23rd February 2024.      

Plot

Sony is a villager from the central region of Kerala. He is large-hearted and does his best for the entire village, from conducting a marriage ceremony to organizing a funeral with all the traditions intact. However, beneath this benevolent soul lies a secret, known only to his family, who fear the worst if the reality comes out one day. Who is Sony in reality?

Star Performances

Don Palathara has created a phenomenal world with his able writing. The film might not be flawless, but Don Palathara has ensured that the audiences don’t leave the hall disappointed.

The technical crew should be lauded for giving their best in making this engaging thriller. Each person has performed to the T.

The best part about this film, however, is the presence of Vinay Forrt, as the lead character Sony. His layered personality is something that is both irresistible, as well as menacing in equal parts. Very few actors can lay claim to such an impressive performance.

Analysis

Abuse of any kind is unacceptable. However, what is even more disturbing is the way abuse is normalized, and kept under wraps in a ‘civilized manner’. We have often heard of toxic behavior, but have hardly seen how it looks like. ‘Family’ does attempt in this direction and a bold one at that.

The film begins with an insight into rural Kerala and introduces us to an affable character, Sony. He will remind many people of the friendly Alok aka Alu from ‘Ludo’. The only difference that is Sony is not as naïve as Alu, and his reality will leave most of the viewers shaken to the core. That is a victory in itself for the narrative.

The best part about this film is that it is far from boring. Special mention to both cinematographer Jaleel Badusha and editor Don Palathara for the same. They have kept the runtime short, crisp, and effective, without diluting the essence of the screenplay in any way.

The film does have its share of flaws. However, they are very few, and have almost negligible impact, thanks to the brilliant performances of the ensemble fact, especially Vinay Forrt, who single-handedly drives this film with his brilliant rendition of Sony.

What's There?

  • The beautiful visuals of central Kerala
  • Great job in editing and directing by Don Palathara
  • An engaging thriller that is far from boring
  • Brilliant acting performances from the cast, especially Vinay Forrt

What's Not There?

  • Minor issues with the pace and the plot

Verdict

‘Family’ looks like just another social drama from Malayalam cinema. However, the more you invest your time, the more you are shocked by the twists and turns with this movie. For those who are fans of good psychological thrillers, ‘Family’ is more than just a welcome surprise. Do watch this film in the cinema halls if you haven’t!       


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