Silly comedy from start to finish
U, 2h 23m
Viswanadham (Sathya Raj) is a simpleton with idealistic values. He teaches it to the whole village and promotes unity by removing the caste division. Anand (Sivakarthikeyan), his son, is a cheerful boy who falls in love with a British girl Jessica (Maria).
What happens when a generally open-minded Viswanadham rejects his son’s love is at the heart of Prince. The overall story of the film is about how Anand, aka Prince, changes the rigid mindset of the people around him and the village.
Prince is the kind of movie that allows Sivakarthikeyan to play it to its strength and the galleries. He does well on both counts in his usual style. There are no big emotional moments like his previous movie in Prince. It’s all entertainment, and he delivers it in abundance. It’s aimed at its fans, and it has a star quality that might be a little less appealing to those who aren’t used to it.
Maria playing a British girl is a bad choice. She is expressionless. Even with so much going on around Maria, she has no idea. No wonder that, despite such an obvious presence in character, she doesn’t register and is relegated to the backseat.
Anudeep KV, known for Jathi Ratnalu, directs Prince. Like his previous film, Prince also has a wafer-thin plot. It relies heavily on comedy to pull through the story.
The beginning of the film sets the tone for what lies ahead. It also shows the possible problems that are possible with the story. The first thing that stands out is the dialogue; there is a lot of talking by multiple characters and in between. The second thing is weak characters.
Take for example the character of Sathyaraj. He is a serious man regarding his views and worldviews in general. But his action and words are all for the sake of comedy. So it is with others, whereby one can never connect or relate to the roles.
There is an undercurrent of romance and drama in the story. But again, the comedy cancels out all emotions. It’s all about the writing and the jokes pretty fast. Some of them definitely work in the first half. The series in which English names of vegetables are mentioned is one of them.
The problem in Prince is that because it uses jokes for the story, they run out pretty quickly. They gradually get crazier and don’t elicit a smile.
After a decent interval block, you expected it to get a little dramatic, but verbal diarrhea persisted. There’s more silly comedy in the second half. Unfortunately most of it falls flat and has an outdated feel to it.
The characters come together and talk and talk and talk. And that’s what the story is until the end. The solutions to the minor conflicts are also treated with humor and little emotion.
Good or bad, director Anudeep KV’s stamp is over. It is very reminiscent of his previous blockbuster film in terms of writing. The problem here is the artificial environment and setting. The lack of rootedness is the biggest culprit.
The background of the village seems to have been chosen to have organic, free-flowing, rooted conversations. But in Prince we have routine commercial movie characters that inhabit space. They then do all the formulas that are possible, but keep the words earthy and rooted. It is this lack of synchronization that never allows us to be involved in the proceedings. You just laugh at the few jokes and then forget them.
Overall, Prince is a routine commercial fare filled with Jathi Ratnalu-esque comedy. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work as intended and leaves you frustrated. Even with the most silly and outdated humor, the second half can certainly disappoint.
Performances by other actors
Apart from the lead roles, Sathya Raj and Premgi Amaren are the two actors with decent roles in the audience. They do the requirement, but you can no doubt feel that their potential is being wasted. The rest of the cast misses the impact and gets lost in the galaxy of performers.
Music and other departments?
S Thaman’s music is solid and fits well with the ‘commercial’ aspect of the whole story. The songs are well timed and shot. The background score is also reasonable.
The cinematography of Manoj Paramahamsa gives the film a visually rich palette, even though it is set in a village background. The artwork is good and the production values are quite adequate. The editing should have been much better. A day before the release, twelve minutes were shortened. Looking at the film, we can only say that there is more room in that regard. The dialogues are numerous and come non-stop, but only a few impress.
Few comedy blocks
First half, in parts
Decent production values
Nonstop Cringe Dialogues
No connection to characters
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Movie Review of Prince Telugu by Mirchi9
The second half also revolves around a formula story with back-to-back gags. Many of them miss the mark as it is Jathi Ratnalu meets Jabardasth comedy without the unique characterizations of the former. Nothing looks organic. Full review coming soon.
— Prince second half began. The local man who falls in love with a British girl brings more trouble to the village.
Report first half year:
Prince is a regular entertainer filled with comedy of Jabardasth bits. Some punches work, and there are lots of cringes too. Everything now depends on the second half to see where Prince ends up.
— Anand works as a teacher. He falls in love with Jessica, his colleague who is a foreigner.
— Prince show began. Anand (Sivakarthikeyan) is banished from his village. His father Viswanadham (Satyaraj) is a social activist and a kind hearted person in the village.
Prince Tamil/Telugu Movie Cast & Crew:
Sivakarthikeyan, Maria Riaboshapka and Sathyaraj
Director – Anudeep KV
Story – Anudeep KV & Mohan Sato
Dialogues (Tamil) – Prabhakaran, Anand Narayanan
Music – Thaman S
DOP – Manoj paramahamsa
Produced by Suniel Narang, D. Suresh Babu, Puskur Ram Mohan Rao.