War movie review: Spectacular show preferred over substance
The movie opens with Kabir (Hrithik Roshan) who is a star in the Indian Intelligence agency going rogue after killing his handler on an assassination mission. He starts rampaging on a killing spree that targets the key members of the Intelligence Agency. So his mentee, Khalid (Tiger Shroff) is assigned to track down Kabir and brings him down to justice. The whole movie is about how Khalid confronts Kabir.Review:
First of all, the movie is not for everyone. Only diehard fans of Hrithik Roshan or Tiger Shroff can enjoy the movie to the fullest extent. It has been a long time since Bollywood made a pure commercial movie that has macho heroes, badass villains and gorgeous actresses who acts as a moral compass for the movie plot. In a time, when most of the Bollywood movies are being filmed on true life events and when bio-pics are the contemporary trend, War will ease the audience as an attempt made to be an out and out commercial action drama. Hrithik Roshan and Tiger Shroff are not only the main attraction of the movie but also the only attraction in the movie. The visuals of two muscular hunks fighting each other and beating one another to pulp are obviously engaging and entertaining. But all those action scenes and high octane stunts seem pointless after a while and the main reason is the poor script. The character of Naina (Vaani Kapoor) can be said only to be a cameo given few scenes. She will not enter till the second half of the movie and even then all she has is a limited period showcasing how bad the writing of the movie is. In fact, if correctly used, the character of Naina can impact the movie with an emotional angle but the makers chose to ignore such sensible trait and focus on how well they can capture the hardcore abs of the main duo.
Performances and technical departments:
Hrithik Roshan pulls of the character of Kabir with utmost ease and in this flick as per the requirement of the story Hrithik appears in negative shades which will be obvious from the trailers. But the grim look of Hrithik with his intense eyes gave him a badass look that no hero can fight and win. Tiger Shroff tried his best to be on par with Hrithik but Hrithik’s charisma takes over so swiftly. Coming to the technical departments, the cinematography has to be appreciated for capturing those high octane stunts in a precise way and the fight sequences are the biggest asset of the movie. If not for those action sequences, the movie would have been a sure disaster, which is now saved just by a brink. The music is decent and could have been a lot more impressive but there are no scenes that might need such impressive music.Summary:
War is a onetime watch for any action movie lovers because the stunts are no less to the Hollywood movies, but just the script drags it down to a Desi level and keeps in check that it is just another Bollywood movie.