In succession, 2015 followed its predecessor when it came to the young blood walking ahead to overtake the experienced batch. There was a lot to like, but I also feel it was the year where we found a large number of ‘could-have-been-better’ films. Nevertheless, here is the list of my twenty favourite films of the year. I’ve ranked them according to my liking, and the amount of engage factor I found in them. Read on,
1) Kaaka Muttai
High: Fitting so many socially responsible topics into the lives of two kids, and making it entertaining.
Low: Nothing. That’s why it’s here.
2) Thani Oruvan
High: The antagonist.
Low: The protagonist.
High: Perfecting a remake to high levels.
Low: Slightly over-the-top at places.
High: The Hollywood-ish making.
Low: Fails to attain full potential at scoring spots.
5) Uttama Villain
High: Initiated a huge post-watch discussion which excited movie buffs.
Low: The script-to-screen translation faltered a bit.
High: The world-class final 40-minute war sequence.
Low: The lethargic first half which suffered from zero plot progression.
7) Yennai Arindhaal
High: Ajith’s guts to accept a role sans any heroism.
Low: The familiarity associated with GVM’s cop trilogy.
8) Kuttram Kadithal
High: Nuances galore.
Low: Went bonkers in the third act.
High: The surprise package of the year.
Low: The usual drawbacks which come along with a small film.
10) Tamizhukku En Ondrai Azhuthavum
High: The excellent concept.
Low: When one side more interesting than the other, things dip a little.
11) Indru Netru Naalai
High: Treading the unexplored concept of time travel.
Low: Takes time to start.
High: The most underrated film of the year.
Low: A partially wavered second half.
High: Vintage SJ Suryah.
Low: It takes 50 minutes to get fired up.
High: KV Anand’s compelling management of a complex base.
Low: Sometimes, complexity can be a bother.
15) Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
High: Memorable characters all over. And Anirudh’s music.
Low: Dialogue driven comedy, so it doesn’t always work and is repetitive.
16) Uppu Karuvaadu
High: Has just enough in it to show that Radha Mohan still has it in.
Low: The subpar making cycle.
17) OK Kanmani
High: Mani Ratnam getting back to his forte.
Low: Not too big a crux to stress upon.
High: A superbly written, low-cost thriller. K’s music, wow!
Low: The acting chops.
High: Kamal Haasan kicking ass, with a superb starcast and Ghibran’s techy music.
Low: Carbon copy of the original.
20) Pasanga 2
High: The intent.
Low: The extent.
Justu Missu: Komban, Demonte Colony, Enakkul Oruvan, Kathukutti, I.
PS: There are a handful of films which released towards the end of the year, and failed to find an international release. They include Eetti, Bhooloham, Oru Naal Iravil and a few more. I am still yet to watch these, so they will not find a place on this list.