It’s interesting to see how reviews and responses to Raavan/ Raavanan are so polarized and mixed. Most people either hate it or love it. Most people have either ripped it apart or raved about it.
I don’t understand the fuss or noise over a not so bad predictable film salvaged by inspired bouts of technical finesse and some performances (except the heavily made-up Aishwarya Rai who was over the top in both with randomly pulled down off-shoulder designer blouses, screaming and overacting all through – I was not the only guy laughing at her jump from the waterfall as she does a sprinting action in slow motion during the fall).
Good to see Vikram feast on one of his best roles in recent times (though I wish he had toned it down a notch during the animated bits) but I am not sure if the actors got two different briefs from the director.
While Abhishek as Raavan was trying to make the character more likeable – he was charming and likeable but not even remotely intimidating because every time he smiled boyishly, you knew the kidnapped screamer was in very safe hands. Vikram as Raavanan was menacing and intense, and with his broad shoulders, clearly seemed like the man more suited to play the tough forest badass and his credible accent instantly made him a part of the rural landscape.
Yet, the lines seemed far powerful in Hindi – there was brevity (“Raavan or Robinhood?”), there was style, rhythm and flavour (and Abhishek does sparkle in at least two of the monologues – the Galat one and the Jalan one) and certainly more effective for the meaning intended (Sample the climax where Raavanan tells Dev hanging from the bridge how they kept the man’s Pure Gold – sokka thangam wife safe in their yechchakkai hands. It just seems to translate better in Hindi where he says Humare Haath Gandhey Hai Lekin Humne Isse Sambhalke Rakha Hai and you realise dirty hands is more effective than yechchakkai is something everyone has, not just the poor).
I was very disappointed by the writing in Tamil because that’s usually one of the best parts of a Mani Ratnam film (Dialogues here are by Suhasini) but overall, purely because of the choice of lead and choice of dubbing artiste for Aishwarya (Rohini), Raavanan seems to be a slightly better film than Raavan.
Even Prithviraj speaks better Mallu-flavoured Tamil as Dev Pratap (why not name him Devan or something more Mallu?) than Vikram as Dev Pratap Singh (kidding me? The man says Ka for Kha… Katam karoonga) speaking Hindi. I wish, that like Ram Gopal Varma, Mani Ratnam too adapted his characters to suit the ethnicity of the actors playing them especially since the accent is obvious (like Mohanlal in Company or Suriya in Rakta Charitra)…
These are amateur casting mistakes if you just think for a second if a Mani Ratnam equivalent in Hollywood would ever cast a guy with a strong Italian accent and try to pass him off as Black American? But yes, there, actors are formally trained and put through accent training and here we work with whatever we get.
But I must admit that these are minor quibbles I have and ONLY because it’s Mani Ratnam we are talking about – arguably one of the best filmmakers we have. The issues I had the film are more basic.
Raavan/Raavanan is supposed to be the enemy’s perspective and the story, as insisted the maker, is based on one of the oldest Indian epics when it actually isn’t simply because the central conflict here happens in a very different context.
Even if you were to assume that Surphanaka’s pride and honour mean the same thing, the difference here is the ambiguity/vacuity or lack of characterization of Ram’s moral standpoint on the incident (the gang-rape of the protagonist’s sister). If he supported or justified the incident, we can safely assume Ram is evil. If he pulled up the people and got justice for the victim, we can say Ram is good. If he does not even know about it and never has to make his stand clear about it during the film, he is bloody irrelevant to the film.
I am not sure if Mani Ratnam chickened out to avoid getting his hands dirty or in the interest of national security or riots (but if you are saying Ram’s men are rapists, you owe Ram a chance to say “Yes, I know and I am sorry” or “No, I didn’t know about it and I am sorry” or “I don’t care” just so that we know how good, evil or grey he is.)
I was hoping the characters were grey as publicized by the actors. But, nope. The characters are not just black and white, they are cardboard cutouts.
Dev/Ram is never shown doing anything good (feeding a man tied up water during questioning does not count as a good deed) and Beera/Veera/Raavanan is never shown doing anything remotely evil (killing rapist cops doesn’t seem like evil after you’ve insisted they gang-raped a bride on the night of her wedding)
Ram lies and kills people on the sly consistently in the film, Ragini/Sita dances then screams and then has a monologue with a statue (where she spells out through character expository dialogue how she is going through a change – ha! Who would’ve thought Mani Ratnam would stoop to this) before realising than Ram is a liar and Raavan is a good man. And Raavan on paper and as per the character expository dialogue in the first half hour of the film comes across like a multiple-personality disorder patient but Mani Ratnam is too scared to manifest this personality literally and we are left with Vikram’s manic interpretations to see some shade of darkness in him.
Call it clever or safe, we never learn if Ram really suspected his wife or if his questioning was just to lead him to his enemy. Manipulating your wife to lead him to a criminal is a cheap shot all right but certainly a notch above suspecting her fidelity but Mani Ratnam is in no mood whatsoever to give Ram a chance to explain a thing.
According to his film/s, Ram is a cheating, conniving, diabolic, trigger-happy dirty cop who leads a team of gang-rapists, not to find his wife but to kill the men who took his wife. And Raavanan is just an uncouth screaming protector of the downtrodden who dies after avenging his sister’s honour because a dumb, confused woman battling Stockholm Syndrome led an army to his hideout (which, by the way, only she could find despite being left blindfolded).
The biggest piss-off point for me was if Mani Ratnam, the most respected, celebrated of filmmakers in the country, cannot get rid of Aishwarya’s water proof make-up, who the hell can?
Despite these basic issues, there’s a lot to like in the film (like Govinda’s Hanuman or Prabhu’s Kumbhakaran), some of the stunt choreography is mind-blowingly credible (but some of it – especially during Aishwarya’s fall is lame though), the cinematography and production in extreme conditions raises the bar for film production in India and hats off to Mani Ratnam for that.
If this wasn’t a Mani Ratnam film, I may have rated it a little higher (say 6.5/10) but given that I expect nothing short of brilliance from the best we have (and I hope I never have to say that in past tense), I’m going with 5.5/10 for both versions (will probably give the Hindi version 5.4/10 if you insist on knowing which I liked better).
But yes, was with all 5/10 films, watch it with absolutely no expectations, be entertained. There’s nothing in it to hate or love intensely simply because it’s not a film worth either of these intense emotions.
Tagged: mani ratnam, raavan, raavanan, review, Sudhish Kamath
They have explained Veera’s charecter just thru the flashback form Dev’s point of view and i felt it as the worst part of the film
but i would like to ask sudhish whether he would be this brilliant in crafting so intricate when it comes to
directing a movie or it’s gonna be just criticism ??
One review I had been fervently waiting for. Given the number of flaws in the story-line(do not know if I could actually use that word, given the blatant absence of one). Beera’s character was the most amateurishly sketched one, infact none of the characters had any depth and this was meant to be a closer look at human nature!!!!!! My views on Raavan at http://yogiexpressions.blogspot.com/
Keep writing!!!! Love reading your blogs, twitter handle n of course Hands Up season 1 was fantastic!!!!
Long time Sudhish and first time comment on your blog.
I agree to the fact that the movie didn’t live up to the Mani Ratnam standard but some other points I don’t really agree with.
a: The characters are gray. The fact Ram is the doting husband for his wife yet the conniving cop at the same is a gray character- neither totally white nor black. The fact he suspected his wife to achieve his goal or because he really did suspect her chastity is another gray area I felt. I think Mani.R achieved his motive. We are all wondering why the person did what he did. With respect to Raavan, the fact he is good to some and bad to others was Mani R’s purpose and he achieved that too right? The only thing white was Raavan is the hero in the movie.
b: Dialogues were better in Tamil I felt because they sounded more powerful. Again Tamil is not my native language, so I might not be the best to comment but I understood the dialogues very well and it moved me/scared me etc more in Tamil. Given the voice modulations and the literature, felt it stood out better in Tam.
c: Think Prabhu was Vibhishana because Kumbakarnan gets killed in the end in Ramayan and the younger bro gets killed in Raavanan not Prabhu. Also Kumbakarnan tries to convince Raavana in Ramayan not to fight the Lankan war which is done in the movie as well by the younger bro. Of course in Ramayan Vibhishan joins Rama and is crowned Lankan king later but we don’t have that in the movie but he lives till the end so he might have become the king after the climax- but many reviews are pointing to Prabhu as Kumbharkarnan( coz he looks better fed?:))
d: Can’t agree more on Ash’s make up and ragged looks. Again the choice of casting for Sita was apt I feel. She could give the ethereal, close to perfection look yet the character proved there is no perfect woman as Sita.
Don’t quite agree with the review. Aishwarya was the soul of the film. She did a stunning job, certainly deserves recognition for this role. Ah, she was totally mesmerizing.
Abhishek was a little OTT. Vikram did Veera better in Tamil though! Prabhu was just excellent. Karthik and Govinda were equally good. Priyamani proves why she is a national award winner.
You can love the film or hate the film, but just cannot take your eyes of those stunning images and superb direction. The visual opulence makes Raavan look so grand, that even if one hates the film, they will comeback just to look at those mindblowing visuals and superb performances.
Raavan is the best movie of the year (till now). I’m going with 7.8/10. Watch it if you want to; watch it even if you don’t want to, for such visuals and performances, you won’t come across ever again (unless Mani chooses to make something like this again). But seriously, nobody else could’ve done. I’ll be proud to show this film to my gora friends! 😀 Cheers!
As usual nice and balanced review.
haat gandhe and yechakkai both are slangs in respective languages for lack of fidelity or chastity. so i thought it suited both languages. not sure why you think one was different form the other.
everyone has yechakkai, not just veera. but beera and his men have their hands dirty in more ways than one being outlaws, men of the jungle with dirty representing a multitude of stains – blood, dirt, grime, sweat etc…
I dono y u are always against vikram!!!!! when the whole world is praising his acting…. you just fins small holes in magnifying glass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this because of the previous misunderstanding you had with him!?!?!?!?!? I could accept some of your points in the review… but i still think you crticize vikram for the sake of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wondering if Maniratnam had actually said that the movie is an adaptation of the epic, or was it just the media (you guys) picking it up from the title and looking for commonalities between the epic and the movie. Would your reviews be different had the movie been called Beera or whatever? You couple the movie characters with the epic characters clearly shows that you expected a perfect adaptation. What’s wrong with a director taking a different perspective on things? If you want all things in order from start to finish, won’t it be like Vijay’s movie? I mean this whole bullsh*t of I expected more from Mani is just pissing me off, wasn’t Avatar’s story predictable too? Weren’t you guys praising JC then? Was Mani’s fault just picking up a story everyone knew and tweaking it? I was very neutral after watching the movie (story didn’t affect me, but I was awed by the camera and the locales).
Your comment is the only sensible one!
I completely agree with the first part of this comment – why is the entire world hell-bent on picking parallels between the epic and this movie?? This movie is very very loosely based on the epic, and it presents themes completely opposite to those of the epic, so comparisons are completely unwarranted….
All Mani has done is to borrow some facets of the epic and used his creative license to twist them as he pleased…
i think the director did base the movie on ramayana – ignoring characters he thought were less important. WHY ELSE DID HE NAME IT ‘RAAVAN’???? nobody names kids raavan do they? it isnt a common name. it’s INTENTIONAL.
i think the younger brother was vibishan but the cop is so sly n double-tounged that he kills a go-between.
the best thing i liked about the climax was that there wasnt a mass killing- no war on raavan’s people. we knew raavana was going to die dint we?
yes, raavana wasnt shown as a bad guy atall. ram was robotic – dint have any struggles of the heart like raavana. and i think the cop knew about what happened to the sister but doesnt care- notice the taunting/mocking smile when he questions the deserting-husband who’s hand’s been cut off?
the dialouge was awful in tamil- very bad job- nobody speaks like that- “enna kolradhukku yaar andha urimai kuduthanga?” – even a person in suburbs uses the word “right” and ragini is an upperclass woman.
and i hated the screaming scne with the saree-like costume in black- we laughed in the theatre. and what is “bak bak bak” supposed to mean.
i bet the dialouge was better in hindi- suhasini wouldnt have written it.
even before the cop asks “eppo? enge?” we could guess the dialogue- typical maniratnam stuff.
the review is right- it’s a vague movie in many ways. but u cant be indifferent.
as for ram’ s morality, vali’s killing and sending seetha to the forest after settling in the throne were always questionable actions, werent they?
haha.. nice one dude 🙂 the ash make up thing, haha ROFL…
Nice review.. But I would like to differ in few aspects.. The story is just 14 days in the life of a police officer and his wife.. therefore the past need to be a flashback..else it d be too long a film
Next.. The characters of Dev and Veera can’t be established more than this in a fast paced film as this..the essence of the story is every human has a grey shade to his character..even be it Ram.. I think that has been brought out beautifully.. Ya.. Dev’s stand on vennila’s rape is not known.. But he is a
police officer doing his job to get veera.. And veera kidnaps ragini coz she is the police officer’s wife.. Not some layman’s wife.. And its not Dev’s fault he heads a group of rapist police men..
For all those Raavan bashers out there … a wonderful perspective …
One of the bigger flaw I found was, when ragini was in the hands of raavan, raavan’s brother comes to dev for peace talk with karthick but Dev shoots him brutally,my point is how can dev shoot raavan’s brother when her lady love was still in the hands of raavan, he doesnt know that if he shoots him raavan might get pissed off and kill ragini, big hole in the script.
Yes MANI ratnam shud surely react to this … i was totally confused when this happened in the movie… how do u explain this??
Theory may go like this:
Dev is a ‘duel’ psychopath..! he wants a ‘bloody duel’ with Veera more than anything…and in that process everything comes secondary…including his wife! even though the main cause of the battle is SHE…
It may happen buddies…in the process of battles…everyone forgets the basic reason for the fight…Only visible thing was FIGHT!!
Unfortunately Mani “saar’ didn’t portray it well..(in my humble opinion ofcourse!! 🙂 )
Its simple, u realize ur wife is fine but what’s the next move to get ur villain, piss him off, what better than kill his bro……direct ticket to meet him soon…thot that idea was pretty cool…
Whats the point in showing if Dev knows or doesn’t about the rape……its immaterial he sees Veera as cop killer that enuf, he is bound by his duty and nothing is higher than that……
I saw both the versions and thot the movie was very well done, may be Mani cud have had some more dialogues between Ash n Beera but he comprised that for short running time which is good in some ways….
I don’t quite accept with you. May be because of my name. I would rate Ravanan much higher than Ravan. Vikram looked like a bull, was terrifying but AB with his laughs was a lol.
I saw the Tamil version, and what I could not stand was the first half…the dialogue! Seriously, who talks like that, every time Aishwarya or Vikram openned their mouth to speak I found myself cringing, and that lady recites a poem on being kidnapped…he shoulda thrown her into the water immediately! At least in the second half, it seemed bearable, may be because Vikram seemed a little ‘normal’ and Aishwarya rai was not talking so much. Either that or I got used to hearing the horrible dialogue! God I miss Sujata!
completely agree with u. the dialogue did make us squirm in our seats. it was abnormal n unreal.
I largely agree except for the fact that the film serves any better if you see it with zilch expectations. Seriously, its just one big, dull bore.
Read my full views here : http://www.moviechallenge.info/movie-review-raavan/
Vikram did a great job in the tamil version I say, and abhishek is far away from him
First of all my sincere thanks to Sudhish
For granting pass mark (5.5/10) for the first rank student though he made a great deal of mess with his answer sheet.
Yep, it was a bad story selection and grey screenplay, grey characterisation and not so good dialogues, trademark mani/sujatha dialogue missing (Oh, we miss great sujatha sir, atleast he could have helped mani sir with screenplay), oh, man where is “Rancha/Kaattu sirukki” song picturisation in the movie, did i miss while i went for piss? also mani sir didnt even get pass in songs picturisation subject, i feel “Kalvare” song is misplaced i.e it should have been Aish-Vikram duet instead of Aish-Prithviraj duet according to lyrics meaning, (can’t accept “kalvare” which literally means “thief/bad” sung toward a policeman Dev or did she foresee he will turn bad at climax? confusing)
Finally who can ever forget mani sir’s completely flawless, spellbinding “Kannathil mutthamittal” film.
I feel you cant help with this story, since telling ramayana as it is would be boring, hence he selected other way around and you cant portray as you wish since it would lead to other problems.
I am an ardent fan of mani sir and i used to watch only mani sir, shankar and selvaraghavan films these days, no other time squandering masala tamil films.
i still place mani sir after these men
1. Ingmar bergman
2. Alfred Hitchcock
3. George Lucas
4. Francis ford coppola (for giving great “The Godfather”)
5. Steven spielberg
Pls pardon me if there are any flaws in my comment, coz i am a layman to this subject.
Sudhish sir, expecting your comments
Mani Rizzi Corleone
Interesting. Will check it out without any expectations.
Nice review as usual. I cant agree more on the aishwarya’s casting part. We have such talented actresses who could have done a fine job of ragini, but still mani ratnam decides to make a huge commercial compromise by sticking with aishwarya. Priyamani was brilliant, true blue veera’s sister.
There were a few loopholes in the character development of Dev. you are not made to like the protagonist wee bit.
Another thing that I was not happy with was the how the relationship between ragini and veera was potrayed. Their mutual liking for each other was not justified well.
For Vikram, such a sincere actor he is. Has given his flesh and blood to the movie.
Excellent review. The kind of ones I like to read. I like the way you’ve gone into fine details that most of the other reviewers leave out (quotes: “and you realise dirty hands is more effective than yechchakkai”, “The man says Ka for Kha… Katam karoonga”, “which, by the way, only she could find despite being left blindfolded”, “cannot get rid of Aishwarya’s water proof make-up”) and serious movie-lovers like me are very keen at noticing. Keep up the good job.
Wish it was a simple Bandit falling in love with a cop’s wife story..it wud’ve rocked. Why Ramayan as the back drop?
Aishwarya was puke worthy. Abhishek was good…Dont know why the reviews were that horrific! they compared it with Ramgopal Varma’s Aag.
I went in with zero expectations and I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the first half…second half dragged a bit.
Movie wud have done well without Aishwarya 😛
Overall its an ok movie. Ur right…if it is Mani ratnam, we expect nothing short of brilliance. thats what killed this film. otherwise it aint that bad.
Enjoyed your Hands-up Season 1 and looking forward to the next Season!
Well, what can I say about Raavanan (saw only the tamil version) which wasn’t said already by many -here and all over the net?!! Mani’s screenplay was not engaging enough for me to get challenged to look for the “subtext” in the film but then the dialogues by Suhasini – just killed the film for me (as I commented on Baradwaj Rangan’s blog – BTW, he has done excellent review of the film!). I don’t think she has the ability to elevate a cerebral film like this and engage her audience.
Mani should pay somebody (Mani has the Money to do so!) to write dialogues for him and also he should stop working with the Bachchans! Seriously!!
In the Tamil version – they could have tried this. New face or maybe even Tamanna instead of Aishwarya, Karthi instead of Vikram, Vivek instead of Karthik and Suman instead of Prabhu and of course Suriya instead of Prithviraj – it would have been wonderful. Suriya must have given a good deal for the combo. Also Ranjitha brought whistles in dull situations. Mani – If you are reading this, please do a love story like Alaipayuthey, we want to see something again like that. Please…….
This is “Fall” season folks! or can we call it “Fall of Legends” ?
After KB,Bharathi raja,Bhagya raj,Parthiban,Vikraman,RV.Udyakumar,Shekar kapoor,Sanjay leela bhansali,RGV,Suresh krishna,Saran and Selvaraghavan now its Maniratnam Saar’s turn!!!!
Next in line is Shankar??! Hope not 🙂
Finally watched the movie…
My immediate relief was that ‘Raavanan’ is 1000 times more better than Selvaragavan’s 1/1000 and has 100% more fire than RGV ki Aag…so comparing ‘Raavanan’ with those movies are out of question.
I had only wondered how come Mani ‘Saar’ decided to bring out all the nuances of one of the longest mythological epic in a 2hrs movie even though he succeeded in that in one or two scenes…such as Ragini’s likings within her about Veera’s closeness when he accidentally fell over her and the Giant Vishnu statue scene…
But thats not enough for “exspectators” like us who expects lots out of Mani ‘Saar’…na?
I feel saar could have made an animated “amar chitra katha” with 3D fx instead of wasting so much man hours for nothing…
Saar should have understood all these epic characters looks ‘real’ly interesting only in large bounded books and “Amar chitra kathas” and not in real life characters….like Karthik’s Anuman character is a disaster…and unreal.
It seems like the time is still not going good for Vikram…he should get rid of his histeria act and unnecessary “buck buck”
(Watch out Vikram…with ur next project with selva 🙂 )
Other characters and actors are not noteworthy….
AR.Rehman scores in the end credit song and in some chasing scenes…
Vairamuthu scores in that “kida” song. The inner meaning of the song is the awakening for Dravidians. (any ways the epic is about the battle between Aryans and Dravidians…and Raavanan is a ravidian king FYI)
Could have been a better film…Mani saar…but ….
with due respect.. I say its an un-impressive project… 😛
PS to Mani saar: Sir atleast you could have given the dialogues dept to cartoonist Madhan…He could have saved you.
Some corrections…by the way!
The dravidian awakening song is “Kodu potta” and not “Kida”….pardon me…and Raavana is a Dravidian King and not ‘ravidian’…sorry for the spellings…
வாழ்க தமிழ்!! வளர்க செம்மொழி!!
Have seen both ..and they were BAD.
The Tamil version was a little less worse than the Hindi dribble. Both Abhishek and Vikram were over the top but Vikram was absolutely wooden in his Hindi role.
Maybe, Mani Ratnam has become complacent after years of success but who cares anyway!
This whole business of gang raping a bride on wedding day smacks of Braveheart to me.
Why does everyone credit mani ratnam with so much creativity implicitly? If one observes closely hardly any of his movies have had any realistic characterization or original storylines coming out of a creative spark. There is always some source of inspiration from real life or the epics but unfailingly his protagonists devolop a ridiculous detachment from practical life and are mostly two dimensional at the maximum. Frankly I feel that he has managed to claim glory by mere superficial gloss and style that appeals to the imagination of a selected set of urban audience. A highly over rated film maker, I would say.
I’m quite surprised that you din’t like the visuals of Aishwarya-jumping-from-the-cliff scene. I quite loved it though. Suggests that art is best viewed in terms of perspective and that’s is what makes such art movies as Raavanan a debatable flick.
May be if it wasn’t MANIRATHANM the audience would have augured well with the film.
Sudhish, i wonder why you haven’t mentioned anything about karthik?
Hate to break it to you buddy, but Mani is way past his prime. Ever since Bollywood started wooing him and he decided to woo them back, the quality of his films has taken a beating.
He keeps churning out below – average fare (Yuva, Guru) that are stylishly made at best and pretentious and self – indulgent at worst. I thought Guru was a nightmare but Raavanan is a billion times worse. Even Vikram could not salvage this mess as there is little doubt that Mani wrote this bit of nonsense during a sleepwalking episode or a medication – induced stupor.
I used to be a Mani fan but am beginning to equate him with the likes of Shankar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, and Gautam Menon (arguably the worst directors in the world).
The main draw back of the film is the lack of strong script. I feel that the reason Vikram gives for not killing Ash (she’s daring and not scared) is not strong enough to convince us… Also the very reason for falling in love with her and the scenes dedicated for this is not captivating. Priyamani’s role could have been much more powerful and enable us to stir more emotions. But it failed to do so. Prithivraj’s role is confusing and at times frustrating. The characters are not developed to make us connect emotionally to them. They seem staid. The film lacked the gripping narration which is why it dint reach many. The songs could have been choreographed better especially; Kattu sirukki, Usure Poguthey. Alteast we would have enjoyed the songs if not the scenes.
Apart from these, the movie is an awesome experience. The daring locations and the very concept of movie is amazing. Vikram and Ash did a good job. As with the make-up of Ash, minimum make-up is ok considering the fact that she’s portraying the role of a chaste beauty… besides it was only looking natural and was not over done for the role. You can’t expect her to sport a rugged, dirty look all the time even if she’s in the forest. Obviously we expect the lead girl to look good. Prabhu and Karthick did jstice to their roles. AR Rahman rocks as usual.
The movie can be watched for its visuals.
I totally agree with your review, but I guess you have missed a very important point. Ravanan indirectly and subtly questions the validity of the Ramayana. Ram is portrayed as a lying villain. In the tamil version Sita goes back to Ravana since Ram doubts if she had a relationship with him. Is that not completely against the story of Ramayana if you draw parallels to the character? It is Mani Ratnams version of the Ramayana with Ram not so truthful and straight forward as the actual Ramayana.
You were actually more harsh on Raavanan than it originally seemed to me. I read this a couple of months ago, when I befriended you on Facebook.
Somehow, while reading it again, I understand that you appeared to be neutral but you were harsh. Anyway, again you are peeking into the mind of the director and are visually seeing what is going on behind all those that is happening as a film.
I learn a lot from you. This is inspiring.