Christopher is a Malayalam film directed by B.Unnikrishnan that follows the story of a vigilante police officer, played by Mammootty. In this film review, we will explore the story, characters, and cinematography, as well as the performances of the actors. The film introduces us to the protagonist, Christopher, and the antagonist, Sitaram Trimurthi Aiyer, before jumping ahead several months to follow Christopher as he works on a case. The film covers Christopher’s background and his approach to cases, as well as the events that have shaped his life. The performances of the actors, including Aishwarya Lekshmi and Shine Tom Chacko, and the film’s score are also highlighted in this review.
Full Review – Christopher
According to the trailer and tagline, the Malayalam film Christopher is a biopic about a vigilante police officer. After being duped by the system, Christopher’s protagonist, like many other formulaic films about justice, takes matters into his own hands.
The antagonist of the film, Sitaram Trimurthi Aiyer (Vinay Rai), is first introduced. The film was directed by B.Unnikrishnan. The narrative then jumps ahead several months to meet Christopher (Mammootty), who is currently working on a case. Following a series of events, Christopher is suspended and an investigation is launched. Sulekha, an Amala Paul employee, is in charge of the investigation. What follows is a series of shocking and perplexing events for the audience.
We learn about Christopher’s background and how he approaches his cases in the first half of the film. Right before intermission, Christopher delivers a speech in which he says, “Justice delayed is justice denied,” hinting at what will happen after the break.
The characters of Aishwarya Lekshmi and Shine Tom Chacko do not appear until the second act. From Christopher’s childhood to the present day, the film jumps around in time, incorporating all of the people and events that have shaped his life. Even though they enrich the character, these details make it difficult for the audience to follow the story. Mala Paul, Sneha, Aishwarya Lekshmi, Dileesh Pothan, Siddique, Shine Tom Chacko, and Aditi Ravi were all excellent in their roles. The constant introduction of new characters, however, adds to the confusion. Mammootty’s performance as a vigilante police officer is a highlight of the film. His character goes through some major life-altering events, but the scenes do not elicit any emotion from the audience.
It can be upsetting to see graphic depictions of sexual assault.
Faiz Siddik did an outstanding job with the cinematography. Slow-motion shots, particularly in action sequences, will appeal to Mammootty fans. The film’s beautiful score, particularly in Christopher-centric scenes, may win over new fans, but the constant use of the music at predetermined intervals becomes tiresome quickly.
It’s possible that moviegoers will enjoy the film, but it could have benefited from more focus on plot.
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