Super Deluxe (2019) – Movie Review

Super Deluxe is a neo-noir drama thriller Tamil film co-written and directed by Thiagarajan Kumararaja.

The film navigates through four different stories with the characters spilling across these subplots. The first plot includes an unfaithful newly-wed wife Vaembu (Samantha Ruth Prabhu) and her husband Mugilan (Fahadh Faasil) dealing with a dead body at their house. The second plot includes Shilpa/Manickam (Vijay Sethupathi), a man who returns home after transitioning into a woman, his wife Jyothi (Gayathrie), and their son Rasukutty (Ashwanth Ashokkumar). The third plot involves Leela (Ramya Krishnan), her priest husband Dhanasekaran (Mysskin), and their son Soori (Naveen), things go wrong when Soori learns about his mother’s past profession. And the fourth plot revolves around five friends – Soori, Balaji/Gaaji (Vijay Ram), Mohan (Jayanth), Vasanth (Noble) and Thuyavan (Abdul Jabbar), who gather together to watch a porn film.

The film has a dark story and many reckless and interesting characters, who end up in very unexpected situations. The film keeps you hooked till the end, and does give you a sense of fulfillment towards the end. This kind of film with these many characters is difficult to make, but Thiagarajan Kumararaja has done a brilliant job by profoundly making this intertwined story work. It is not just about an excellent story, but also about the extraordinary presentation of it. Every scene, the camera angle, the lightings, the colors all just seems like a masterpiece. Throughout its runtime, so many colors pops out on the screen. The film’s content is dark but it is so colorful to look at, and this is the first time I’ve seen something like this wonderful. Mainly, the Blue color on walls, furniture, buildings, sheets – which represents an important human emotion – ‘sorrow’ – a driving factor of human life, and this film.

The film deals with the complex human emotions which are confined by their limited knowledge and understanding about this life. The films talks about love, sex, anger, belief, grief, stigma, spirituality, happiness, confession, innocence, I mean to say that the film has hardly left any human emotion to touch. There were various situations, where I started questioning my own belief system, and how much this life is insignificant, meaningless, purposeless, and yet it is beautiful.

The performances in the film are top-notch, every lead and supporting character, everyone, has done their job well. There was only one scene which took me off, which was unexpected for me at that time, but in the end, I got what the film was trying to say. Otherwise, for the rest of the time, I was totally invested in it. I liked the idea that the narrative has gone beyond human life & emotions, and expanded to the universe.

The film ends with an impactful monologue which talks about the existence & the origin of life, the butterfly effect, the design pattern and similarity of the universe, solar system and atomic structure of atoms. I also liked what the film was trying to convey about good and evil, right and wrong, and what is considered taboo today will be accepted tomorrow. And it all makes sense that how everything is connected and makes it a well-thought and well put together perfect film.

The film has four plots and so many different characters that at some point it may become difficult to keep track of everything, but as the storytelling is done so well with gripping plots that it helps the audience to pick up on everything. The film is 175 minutes long, which may feel tiresome to watch, but let me assure you that it is worth every minute of it. It is an unstoppable dark drama filled with a little flavor of comedy.

Verdict : The film is a brilliant piece of art and a detailed study of prejudiced human emotions. The film is available on Netflix for streaming.

Rating : 4.4/5

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