Prince Movie Review: Sivakarthikeyan’s absurd comedy-drama works in parts
By Janani K: Sivakarthikeyan started his career as a comedian and rose to prominence with his witty one-liners. Today, he is a bankable star in the Tamil industry and has several hit films under his belt. When a star like Sivakarthikeyan joins hands with Telugu filmmaker Anudeep, known for slapstick comedy, you expect fireworks on screen. Did their film, Prince, deliver it?
Anbu (Sivakarthikeyan) is ostracized by the village for a mistake. His father Ulganathan (Sathyaraj) also agrees with the villagers and prepares to disown his son. Now comes the flashback. Unruly love as a school teacher, British girl Jessica (Maria Riaposhapka) continues to go to school. She joins the institute as a teacher. Eventually he falls in love with her. While he thinks his father will approve of their marriage, he says no for a reason. Ulganathan’s father died in the freedom struggle against the British. The story is about how Anbu will convince his father and father-in-law.
Anudeep’s strength lies in slapstick comedy. Through the films he has directed, he has established a style of comedy that rides on silliness. And Prince is no exception. The movie establishes many funny moments and tries to extract humor from them. Imagine the whole length of a ‘Bottle Guard’ joke that heroine Jessica listens to.
However, the prince smiles here and there. This crazy film will make you laugh out loud at some points but slap you in the face many times. Not all one-liners and jokes land well. Prince borrowed a lot of the audience’s time in the first half. Pick moments from the movie where the comedy worked. Be it the Anandraj police station scene or the climactic scene about humanity, you see Sivakarthikeyan in full form. Even Sathyaraj is a different father. Their scenes together, especially the scene where he asks the meaning of Kummuradappura, are funny.