Doctor Movie Review
Dark comedy done right!
Story & Narration
Technical Aspects & Music
Nelson’s debut in Kolamaavu Kokila was a well-executed dark comedy that had its sequences planned out in a funny fashion. Now, the director goes a step ahead with his next film Doctor, which moves into a darker space that is filled with funny stretches and a share of thrills as well.
Doctor tells us the story of a military doctor who comes to Chennai to find himself a bride, only to move into a kidnapping case that the family face. The film is interestingly paced, especially in the first half where there is hardly anything to nitpick on. The plus point that Nelson brings into the play is the fact in which he handles his comics with the right use of dialogues, behaviour and humour, and also makes best use of the cast that he has in hand. Doctor suffers from some logical flaws and misses in the second half, but these factors don’t loom big and bring out an entertaining and satisfying film.
Doctor has a very good performance from Sivakarthikeyan, who pulls up his socks and proves that he is ready to experiment. The actor has a role where he speaks less, emotes even less, but it does not feel like a misfit in the film and Nelson deserves credit for that.
Priyanka Mohan is a fine fit to the film, but does not offer anything great. The film benefits from its awesome support cast that has names such as Archana Chandok, Arun Alexander, Deepa Shankar, Redin Kingsley and others who contribute in gold.
Doctor has a superb score by Anirudh, who perfects out the rough edges in the film which demand our attention. Nenjama is the highlight amidst the songs, creating an emotional space in the film as opposed to the pre-release idea. Vijay Kartik Kannan’s cinematography is efficient with really good shot compositions.
Nelson’s Doctor ends up to be an impressive film that works despite some flaws in the second half. The film is a very good example of dark comedy done right, and that should be lingering in our memory for long. Doctor Movie Review by Siddarth Srinvas