A quite competently made film which is just a bit too hero worship-py and slow for its own good. But that does not take away from its ultimate goal of being entertaining.
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Jolly LLB 2 is a 2017 courtroom drama-comedy film written and directed by Subhash Kapoor. It stars Akshay Kumar, Annu Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla and Huma Qureshi. The film tells the story of an aspiring lawyer who makes an unsavory decision which leads to unsavory consequences and ultimately gets around to his redemption.
Jolly LLB 2 lives and dies with its actors and their performances. The three men come out all guns blazing and work towards keeping the audience glued to the screen for the most part. I forget how good an actor Akshay Kumar is most of the time. Every once in a while he comes out with a film or a performance that makes people sit up and take notice. This is one of those films. Sharing the stage with Annu Kapoor and Saurabh Shukla is an unenviable task but Akshay Kumar holds his own against the two men and comes out with flying colors as the end credits roll. Saurabh Shukla’s character might bounce around all over the place with his motivations and actions but he makes it entertaining enough to keep most people’s minds off that one little matter.
The songs seem a bit out of place in a movie that is extremely story oriented. Apart from the techno-holi song, I could not be bothered to care about much else. I have a small bone to pick with the score of the film. The film’s score goes out of its way to illicit emotions before a scene has begun and that is extremely distracting as it does not allow the audience to connect to the film and its characters organically.
The film has a slow build up that almost ends up being draggy but it more than makes up for it with an above average second half. The film takes a turn for the political and leaves the satire behind as it makes the lead character a larger than life hero. This creative choice takes away from the actual set up. The character has been set up and has been growing a certain way. Throwing that away by the climax for some shoe-horned messages just does not work as well as it is intended. A specific short scene at the fag end of the film undercuts the forced character development afforded to him as well.
When all is said and done, however, Jolly LLB 2 is playing for laughs and gets a lot of them too. There are fun relatable characters who play great parts in a not-so-biting social satire. It is a breeze to sit through and most people will leave the cinema hall with a smile on their face, as simple as that. Going by the reactions I saw and heard in the theater I was at, good times were and will be had.
P.S. – Huma Qureshi has an underwritten character and I’m just in no mood to complain about it.
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