Jallikattu (2019) – Movie Review

Jallikattu is the Malayalam action film directed by Lijo Jose Pellissery with a screenplay by S. Hareesh and R. Jayakumar.

The film sets in a hilly remote village in Kerala, where a buffalo escapes from the only slaughterhouse and wrecks havoc across the village. And then the entire village which relies on that slaughterhouse for fresh meat gathers together to hunt down the beast.

This film is the perfect demonstration of complete anarchy and madness. The film is 95 minutes long, and there isn’t a single minute where you can take your eyes off the screen. Every frame, every shot just absorbs you into it. Lijo Jose Pellissery as a director has crafted every scene with absolute supremacy. The long takes, the shots with 50-100 people at a time, and directing each and everyone in a frame to be flawless surely needs some level of mastery. Everything is at a different level of detail. And the performances by every character from leads to the extras are just top-notch. The cinematography by Gireesh and Gangadharan is surely appreciating for visually stunning shots, just mind-blowing. The background score by Prashant Pillai added the exact thrill and creepiness the film needed. Undoubtedly, Jallikattu is technical as well as cinematic brilliance.

The pacing of the film is apt. Along with the main plot, there are also few subplots like – the father deciding the menu for his daughter’s marriage, the problematic love triangle, unemployed youth with their differences – but the director has carefully woven those together, and given the appropriate conclusion to each one of it. The last 15 minutes of the film holds its soul and purpose. I liked the fact that there was no narration or monologue or written or vocal explanation to what is happening in a film, it was just highly detailed and beautiful imagery, and makers left everything on the viewers’ perception.

Towards the end, the idea of this film expands to human evolution. No matter how civilized or cultural we become, inside, we’ll always remain what we were before, The Animals. And there comes the time and situation where this animal comes out and knows nothing but to hunt. And the director has captured it very nicely that it will make you look inside yourself.

Verdict : I also liked how the film starts with a long panning shot with calmness and ends with complete chaos. The film is available on Amazon Prime, I watched it there only, you can also go and watch this excellent piece of art. And I just regret not watching this film in a movie theatre. A must watch for all the movie-buffs out there.

Rating : 4.3/5

Check the trailer here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ItcQNybOOHM

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