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It’s time of sequels and we see a lot of sequels released recently. Some are hits, to match with the reputation of the prequel, while others leave you confused as to why a sequel was made in the first place.
Nevertheless, Charlie Chaplin is neither a clean winner not a loser. It scores in certain areas while falls flat in other areas.
Where it falls flat? Well, In some places with the comedy, poorly developed characters, screenplay, and also in the technical areas.
For one, the movie has nothing new to offer, but that’s not an issue.
Most of the movies released these days offer nothing new, and some even manage to do well.
No matter how the story line is, a movie can be made to create a nice impact with the screenplay.
Sadly, with Charlie Chaplin 2, the movie has nowhere to go beyond a point and it seems the story and the characters are forcefully locked into a loop.
Chaos and confusion (caused by a lie) leading to hilarious scenes with hilarious climax that involves all characters coming together is a template that works.
It has worked for a few classic comedies in the past like Kaadhala Kaadhala, and Michael Madhana Kaamarajan.
In Charlie Chaplin 2, they have tried out this template but it has terribly failed.
For one, the comedy is not very family or society friendly. You have body shamming and gay jokes that leave a bad taste.
The first half of the movie wanders pointlessly with some boring, so-called “comedy” scenes. The second half is better in the comedy department.
But the movie as a whole never succeeds in accomplishing what it was made for. It doesn’t match with the standard of the prequel, and is not very related to it too.
When you compare both the movies the things you have common are three – the director, Prabhu Deva and Prabhu in the cast, and their character names.
Apart from these, there’s nothing common and part 2 is not a continuation of Part 1 either.
Thiru (Prabhu Deva) works in a matrimonial company and has successfully arranged for 99 weddings. But his own wedding has not yet been set.
He crosses lines with Sara (Nikki) who is the daughter of Ramakrishnan (Prabhu), and falls in love with her on the first sight.
He somehow misunderstands that she’s gonna die in 15 days (but it is her friend who’s gonna die soon).
After a few scenes their wedding is being arranged. But Thiru’s friend Raja (Vivek) shares his suspicion about Sara’s character with Thiru and even shows him a proof of her being with another person.
Drunk Thiru sends Sara a message but later realizes there has been a misunderstanding. The message is not yet received by Sara and Thiru tries his best to erase that message before Sara sees it.
We also have another girl Saraa (Adah) that enters the scene. What confusions lead to clarity form the rest of the story.
There are way too many characters that are poorly written and easily dumped.
The songs are awfully placed and apart from “Kadhal Oru Kannadi” and “Chinna Machan” (that has gone viral), none of the songs are pleasing.
The cinematography is highly sluggish, with poorly placed shots and much more (what’s with the VFX?!).
The editing is poor too and this, combined with cinematography, creates a poor screen effect – and in many places we cannot avoid sensing the “TV serial” effect in the movie.
Overall, if you want to just laugh for 2 hours and not think about anything else you can watch Charlie Chaplin 2. But make sure you can tolerate cheap and poorly written comedy, poorly written screenplay, awfully written characters, and much more!