Drench yourself in the magnetic allure of Kannur’s throbbing political veins with Chaaver. This is not just another movie; it’s a reflection of the fiery spirit of Kannur. At its core, we witness the dance of theyyam, an age-old ritual, meeting the hard-hitting realities of political clashes.
Enter Ashokan, brought to life by the ever-charming Kunchacko Boban. Leading a team on a mission shadowed with political intent, a twist of fate lands them at the doorstep of an unsuspecting medical student. From there, it’s a gripping ride of challenges, introspection, and facing cold truths. We’re nudged to realize the grim reality – aren’t we all mere pieces in a giant game played by political puppeteers?
The storytelling sizzles with whispers and shouts about political affiliations, expertly crafted by Joy Mathew. While his intent shines, the journey sometimes feels like a path previously treaded. Some dialogues, though fiery, miss the authentic zing of Kannur’s lingo.
Yet, when we talk about the visuals, oh boy, Chaaver is a treat! Pappachan weaves magic with the lens, painting scenes that linger. The opening acts are a crescendo of excitement, although the latter half steps into murkier, generic waters. But here’s a heads-up: brace yourself for an adrenaline-pumping gunfight sequence, even if it stretches a tad too long!
While Boban takes the cake with his portrayal, Antony Varghese, though in a smaller role, leaves a mark. Yet, the climax yearns for a tighter embrace, one that would stick with us long after.
Fans of Kerala’s iconic director Lijo Jose Pellissery might feel a hint of nostalgia. There’s a pinch of the familiar, wrapped in layers of Pappachan’s unique touch.
To wrap it up, Chaaver is a roller-coaster. It promises, delivers, and falters a bit, but ensures you leave with a piece of Kannur’s heart.
Climaxahh’s Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ | 3/5