Annabelle Sethupathi review – A comedy film with hardly any laughs

Title: Annabelle Sethupathi
Rating: 2.25/5
Reviewed By: Sai Nikhil
Cast: Vijay Sethupathi, Taapsee Pannu, Jagapathi Babu, Yogi Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Radhika Sarathkumar, Vennela Kishore
Director: Deepak Sundarrajan
Streaming on: Hotstar
Language: Tamil

Story: A family of thieves are forced to stay in a palace haunted by a family of ghosts. What unexpected and funny incidents occurred after this and what do the ghosts need, to attain peace forms the rest of the story.

Performances: Vijay Sethupathi and Taapsee Pannu appear in the titular roles and they have done their parts well. Vijay Sethupathi appears in an extended special appearance for about 40 minutes in the flashback and he was stylish and at his usual ease during that time. Taapsee too was impressive in the flashback more than the present day portions. Jagapathi Babu is good as the bad guy. There is a huge supporting star cast in this film comprising of Yogi Babu, Radhika, Rajendra Prasad, Vennela Kishore and many others but none of their comedy acts have worked out.

Technicalities: Camerawork is grand and added a rich vibe to the film. The difference in tone shown between present day portions and 1940’s portions is good. Music is decent but songs are a distraction. Background score was better. Editing could have been better and some comedy scenes could have been chopped off as the editor would have clearly understood that the comedy has fallen apart in this film. Production values are good though the film takes place mostly in a single location.

Analysis: The story of the film has good scope for entertainment and is slightly different from usual horror comedies. Though it’s a horror comedy, the focus is completely on comedy alone and even the ghosts are treated in a comical way. Unfortunately, not even a single comedy sequence has worked out as intended and all the comedy portions are childish and may appeal to kids at best. There is zero connect with any of the characters and everything feels lifeless and distant. There are good actors on board and there is good scope for entertainment in the story but still the output is stale. Director Deepak Sundarrajan has failed to utilise the huge talent he had available and looks like he lacks judgement over comedy scenes. The flashback portion is the only sensible part of the entire film and wish the film had more such drama, action and romance rather than the lame comedy.

On a whole: Annabelle Sethupathi is a sheer waste of talent and a comedy of misfires and is strictly meant for kids.

Rating: 2.25/5


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