Dhanush shines in this bland film
Ajatashatru aka Aja and his mother grow up in the slums of Worli and they’re poor. His mother is to go to Paris to see her partner. However, she doesn't due to illness and Aja takes up the idea to visit Paris with his mom’s ashes.
As he steals money and gets his tickets to Paris, his life begins to turn. He undergoes a lot of issues and gets deported and transported to Barcelona, London, Libya, and this journey teaches him a lot of life lessons.
Dhanush has literally shouldered the movie single-handedly and years of his experience in the film industry has come in handy for him.
Berenice Bejo as actress Nelli is a pleasure to look at. Her character’s understanding of art and her expressions are enjoyable. She also brings in the fun part of the film.
Erin Moriarty as the beautiful Marie has less screentime, yet she makes her presence felt with her on-screen performance and her minute expressions.
Director Ken Scott has taken a nice slice of life drama and has taken it with a lot of fantasy elements for kids to enjoy. The concept is simple and easily understandable.
His screenplay, too, has worked for the most part as it gives a nice heartwarming feeling when you watch what Aja goes through in this unexpected journey.
The film also looks like a musical and the two songs composed by Amit Trivedi has added a touch of Indian flavor to the foreign film.
Cinematography Atkins is a huge plus for the movie. As the film progresses to a different country, the color palette changes to describe the mood of each country.
In some of the important sequences, we are not feeling the emotion quite well. We always get a feeling that something is missing when we are watching the film.
Also, sometimes, it is quite tough to believe how lucky Aja is as he gets through some serious problems without much fuss.
The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a one-time watch as it has a handful of moments that will make your movie watching experience a pleasant one. Watch it for Dhanush’s restrained performance.