"Even in a slightly over-the-top portrayal, is a treat to watch. He’s a man of few words and uses brain over his fists. SPYder is 'okay' as an movie."
Telugu cinema’s much-awaited film, Spyder has finally hit the screens. The AR Murugadoss film has been creating a lot of buzz. The Mahesh Babu starer is trending and fans are having a delightful time. Although the critics have a different story to say. SPYder has mixed reviews under its banner so far.
A review in a popular media goes ahead and calls the film an “insult to the spy genre”. According to a report:
It’s an insult to the spy genre if the film continues to market itself as a spy thriller. Simply because the portrayal in the flick has no remote connection to what a spy would do and, it doesn’t include tapping into someone’s phone calls.. It glorifies the spy as philanthropist, but fails to keep the spy tag.
SPYder has a humanistic angle, thanks to the flashback about the villain played by SJ Suryah works to some extent.
“Suryah is terrific as the menacing psycho killer but his character lacks effort. Scripts also lack the depth of the antagonist’s role and existence.”
Talking about actor Mahesh Babu, the reports said,
“Even in a slightly over-the-top portrayal, is a treat to watch. He’s a man of few words and uses brain over his fists. SPYder is ‘okay’ as an movie.”
But apparently, the film mounting on a budget of Rs 125 crore, doesn’t deliver on great VFX either. The visuals needed a touch more finesse. Although according to a major critic Suryah was impressive in his role. His comments are below:
“The main antagonist of Murguadoss’ film strikes fear in the audience even before his introduction on the screen. We don’t know how he looks but strikes terror by the mere thought of him hiding in plain sight. Murguadoss’s main protagonist and antagonist and the conflict between them look inspired from filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. The back and forth exchange between the two prime characters is well written and smartly executed with convincing performances. More importantly, the logic in the narration is very much intact.”
To wrap up, it looks like Mahesh Babu and SJ Suryah has delivered good performances in SPYder, but SJ Suryah aka the villain has overtaken the hero in the race because of his well-etched backstory. Like many films, Rakul Preet, Mahesh Babu’s love interest, has little role to play in the plot of the film. And the film, despite having a big budget, is not a visual treat.