Y! Meta Review: Don 2

Movie Reviews
26 December 2011

The first time Farhan Akhtar decided to remake the cult classic 'Don', the film was weighed down by comparisons to the Bachchan starrer. This time around it does not have the baggage of the past. 'Don 2' is definitely high on the style quotient but does it deliver as a complete entertainer?

Well Nikhat Kazmi certainly seems to think so. She writes in her review:

Don 2 is a classic action/crime thriller that doesn't let go, even for a moment. More importantly, the plot has been finely crafted, with every twist and turn falling into place like a complicated albeit neat little jigsaw. With a canvas that goes on a cross-country ride -- Thailand, Malaysia, Zurich, Berlin -- the film challenges you to hop aboard its high speed scuttle and attentively follow the exploits of its glamorous gangster. One who oscillates between two avatars -- Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible) and James Bond -- without losing out on his desi charisma.

Raja Sen in his review says, "Don 2, Akhtar's latest, is a glossy, unashamed action offering polished within an inch of itself, visually coming together seamlessly and effectively." As opposed to Kazmi, Sen feels the protagonist is a huge letdown:

There is a degree of over-the-top acting suited to a role and genre like this, but Khan slaughters his lines (and Akhtar's given him some fine, fun ones) by deliberating over each of them and delivering them fatally overbaked, pausing long enough mid-punchline to sneer and smirk, and then waiting after the line to allow us a moment to laugh or whistle. That self-sure smugness asphyxiates the dialogue and robs it and Don, the character, of his coolth. Leaving us with a good-looking caricature of an actor, one that needs now to be reined in.

While some may appreciate the Hollywood style production values, Baradwaj Rangan wasn't too impressed:

Farhan Akhtar, though, will never stoop to something as common as giving the audiences a rollicking good time, something to hoot and holler about (or at). Attitude, to him, is all. He stylises everything — clothes, performances, dialogues, and, yes, hair — to such an extent in Don 2 that the film is airless. It doesn't breathe — all it does is pose, the world's longest commercial for high living. Why condescend to make movies for Hindi audiences if all you want to do is mimic Hollywood?

If you are not too keen about the details, the film can be a fun watch. Like Taran Adarsh says,

With DON 2, Farhan Akhtar reasserts himself as one of Hindi cinema's stylish storytellers. It wouldn't be erroneous to state that DON 2 redefines slick in Bollywood. But the film could've done with a tighter script. Besides, the writing is urban-centric and those with an appetite for international thrillers may take to the film instantly, especially the twists and turns in the second hour. Again, the conclusion to the story could've been simplified for the average viewer to decipher. Yet, all said and done, DON 2 mirrors the changing trends in Hindi cinema. Those with the conventional attitude or tilting towards the conservative form of cinema may find it difficult to absorb.

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