Teddy review – Good idea ruined by mediocre execution

Title: Teddy
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Arya, Sayyeshaa, Magizh Thirumeni, Sathish, Karunakaran
Director: Shakti Soundar Rajan
Streaming on: Hotstar
Language: Tamil

Story: A mysterious teddy bear reaches an intelligent loner Shiva (Arya) and seeks help. How did Shiva help the teddy forms the story.

Performances: Arya is neat. He never goes overboard and perfectly fits into his role. Sayyeshaa is good and makes her presence felt though she appears for a short time. Magizh Thirumeni showed promise with his screen presence but is completely wasted in a poorly written role. Sathish and Karunakaran are decent in their roles. Bigg Boss fame Sakshi Agarwal appears in a couple of scenes.

Technicalities: Camerawork is good especially in the night shots and the Azerbaijan portions. Imman’s songs are background score are good. Editing is fine and offers nothing worth complaining. Action sequences are normal and nothing exciting. The teddy bear character has been designed and brought well onto the screen using motion capture.

Analysis: Teddy is an action drama with a fantasy touch brought into the film in the form of a teddy bear. The movie starts off well with the introduction of the teddy, the introduction of hero and his unique personality and the teddy and hero getting together. Movie goes fine upto that point. Then, the film slows down a bit for a while and again gains pace towards the interval. At interval point, we understand completely on what to expect in the second half and we get exactly that. This predictability factor is the major drawback for the film. The movie shifts to Azerbaijan in the second half and turns into a rescue drama like several other films we have seen in the past. Despite the predictability, the film would have worked if it had some good thrills and a strong villain to keep the narration engaging. But sadly, that is missing here. The action sequences are ordinary, there are hardly any thrills or twists and turns and the villain character is terribly written. Due to this, the second half pulls the film down after a decent first half. Director Shakti Soundar Rajan’s idea is good on paper but translation to the screen got messed up due to the weak and predictable writing in the second half.

On a whole: Teddy is a good idea gone wrong. It is recommended strictly for timepass. Kids may like it due to the presence of a teddy throughout the film.

Rating: 2.5/5

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