Varisu Review- Story
Vijay Rajendran (Vijay) is the son of a business Rajendra tycoon Sharat Kumar. Following a clash in connection with mining deals, Rajendra comes up against JP (Prakas Raj). This later leads to the family coming apart. How does Vijay Rajendran intervene and settle the disputes and save his family? The answer to this question forms the rest of plot.
Varisu Review - Analysis
Thalapathy Vijay is in his element as a carefree yet coming-of-age son. He oozes charm in his role and shoulders the film for the most part. He is ably supported by an ensemble support cast that is loaded with many senior actors like Prakash Raj, Jayasudha, Sharath Kumar, and others. Rashmika is good in her limited role.
The main problem with Varisu is that it looks more like a compilation of multiple Telugu films like Ala Vaikunthapurramulo, Gautham SSC, and others. The theme and the core elements are heavily inspired by Telugu films.
The pace is drabby at times. The narrative is patchy more of than not with repetitive and underwhelming sequences taking the center stage. The first half packs style over substance and whatever the good part - including the emotional plot and Ranjithame are kept for the second half.
The routine family drama theme is a letdown. But at the same time, the frames look rich and there's a good quality in production. The background screen is compelling enough. All this work for the film. Vijay's charm is the propeller.
Varisu is a standard family drama with most scenes drawing evident reference to hit Telugu films. But there's just about enough zest to make for a watchable film.
Thaman's songs are adequate and his background score is in tune with the narrative. The production values by SVC are of top quality. Editing could've been better as there's a fair bit of lag in either half.
The film could be benefited from the family audience this Sankranthi season and could be big at the Tamil box office. The Telugu version is set to release on the 14th of this month and we should see how it fares there.
Varisu Review - Verdict
Varisu is a middling family drama with just about enough things, including Vijay's fine performance, and a good soundtrack going its way. On the other hand, the routine factor and drabby narrative act against the cause. The Sanrkanthi release window might come to its rescue at the box office.