The performances of the three lead actors offers the Malayalam movie its emotional core, with out which it may have remained a mere showcase of technical mastery
In a pandemic-hit world the place numerous individuals are cocooned indoors and work together with one another extra by way of screens than in the true world, it was about time that films additionally mirrored that actuality.
However, C U Quickly, streaming now on Amazon Prime, isn’t set in such a world. Moderately, telling the story by way of screens — every part from mobiles to laptops to CCTV visuals — is a problem that the filmmakers have positioned for themselves.
It’s one thing just a few others have tried earlier than, like within the 2014 horror movie Unfriended or the 2018 movie Looking out, each of which advised their story by way of screens. But, Mahesh Narayanan who has written, directed and edited this movie has left in it a mark of his personal.
Right here, we’ve got Jimmy Kurian (Roshan Mathew), a Dubai-based banker assembly Anu Sebastian (Darshana Rajendran) by way of a web based courting web site. Jimmy comes throughout as impatient, wanting to fulfill, and earlier than lengthy, get married, inside just a few days of them being launched to one another. The viewers can not even be faulted for some impatience in these preliminary moments, when all that they get are textual content conversations between the 2 on-screen.
C U Quickly (Malayalam)
- Director: Mahesh Narayanan
- Starring: Fahadh Fazil, Darshana Rajendran, Roshan Mathew
With Jimmy eager to get married to a considerably reluctant Anu, his mom seeks the assistance of his cousin Kevin (Fahadh Faasil), who is aware of a factor or two about snooping on-line, to do a background test. A lazy search later, he offers the go-ahead. However when issues appear to be going easily, Anu disappears and not using a hint.
Past the floor of the fixed shifting between the myriad screens, there’s a base story, which if advised in a standard method, won’t have matched the joy quotient that this plot manages to provide — for there’s a tinge of familiarity to Anu’s plight. However on the identical time, it’s this story, and the performances of the three actors, that provides the movie its emotional core, with out which it may have remained a mere showcasing of technical mastery.
Performing isn’t straightforward, when it’s simply the actors’ faces in shut up on the display, more often than not. Darshana, Fahadh and Roshan pull it off marvellously. The taut screenplay rarely lets up, from the frenetic tempo that it units proper in the beginning, flitting from one display to the subsequent, from one nook of the globe to the opposite. The makers have achieved this with characters who stay indoors and meet one another principally on-line.
Moments that we reside out of the display, in our actual lives, are inventively introduced throughout the display. At instances, it additionally makes us wonder if we reside extra of our life on screens now.
Questions on surveillance and snooping are additionally raised, on the numerous footprints that individuals go away within the digital world, making it straightforward even for strangers to assemble an nearly correct image of your life. Not all strangers could be well-intentioned because the snooper within the movie is.
In C U Quickly, Mahesh Narayanan has turned the restrictions set by the pandemic to his strengths. Creativity can’t be locked down, for lengthy.
C U Quickly is presently streaming on Amazon Prime