Today, I am going to reviewing a more recent Tamil film, Naan Ee. The basic premise of the film sounds silly, a man is reincarnated into a fly. As the fly, he has to defend his love interest from the antagonist of the film. Yes, the premise is totally ridiculous and it is not hard to dismiss this film outright. But surprisingly, this film does not that bad. Read on for more.
The three stars of this film are Nani, Sudeep and Samantha Prabhu. The real star of this entire film is Sudeep. The man switches easily from serious action and villain moments to pure silly comedic moments well. It’s hard to pretend you are in a fight against a house fly, but Sudeep pulls it off flawlessly. The femaile heroine, Samantha does a decent job of her role. Unfortunately like many Tamil films, the heroines usually don’t get to show off their versatility very well, and Samantha’s role in this film prevents her from doing anything spectacular acting wise. However, like Sudeep, she manages to interact well with a CGI house fly without looking like she is faking it at all, so she gets points from me there. Finally, there is Nani. I am not going to evaluate his acting much because he was in the movie for like the first 30 minutes. He does a wonderful job playing the love-struck boy chasing after a girl. The characters themselves are not fleshed out very well and are very very 2-dimensional. While this does not detract that greatly from the film, it does result in a few points being taken off for this section.
Overall, Sudeep single-handedly carries the entire acting team through this entire film despite the 2-dimensional characters that are in this film.
As far as I can tell, there were two distinct song/dance/music video sequences in this entire film. While both were good, only one song from the entire film will actually make it into my music collection. However, that is not going to result in an abysmal score in this section. Yes, there were not many memorable songs. But let’s be honest, it would be hard to add many song/dance sequences to this film without the sequences looking forced. After all, this film is about a guy and a house fly duking it out. There is not much room for fancy songs. That said, the background instrumental track did its job well during the various scenes of the film and definitely contributed strongly to the atmosphere. Thus, the music gets an average score.
This really is where the movie shines. The movie is full of special effects, especially considering the fact that it stars a CGI house fly. I think this is a good movie to use as an example of Kollywood finally catching up to Hollywood’s CGI standards. While this movie is not quite at Hollywood’s level yet, it’s special effects can definitely hold their own alongside Hollywood blockbusters. The house fly itself is well detailed and its movements are convincing. Same with a sequence where there are birds chasing the house fly. There is also a sequence where the antagonist shoots up an entire house and the special effects are good enough that it looks like a classic shoot-em-up Die Hard film. The special effects team should be commended for their great work on this film. The cinematography itself is standard fare for these kinds of films. The colors were correctly chosen, angles were fine, no shaky sequences, etc. All done well.
This is arguably the weakest part of the film. Let’s get one thing straight, the premise of this film does not help the story. It’s very hard to come up a good story for a film about a house fly. While the script writer for this film does come up with a good enough story, the film certainly won’t be winning any awards for this story. The story is simple and straight forward. The antagonist wants the same girl that the hero of the film likes. However, for the antagonist, the heroine also likes the hero. So the antagonist does what any good antagonist would do, and gets rid of the hero so he can have the heroine for himself. Of course, the hero is reincarnated as a house fly and is now out to stop the antagonist from getting the heroine. While certainly many parts of the plot are not very original, they come together well enough to keep the audience entertained for the 2 hour film. There were some plot holes that could have been fixed, but these problems did not ruin the film for me. In fact, despite the premise, I found that I enjoyed the film. There were tons of laughs and some tense action moments. One thing viewers should keep in mind is that this is a lighthearted film not meant to be taken seriously. Thus, I am not going to dock too many points on the plot score.
Score: 7 / 10
Overall: 7.5 / 10