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Ra.One movie reviews round-up

Critics pan Ra.One for it’s weak storyline, read the Ra.One reviews here
By ApunKaChoice
Sun, Oct 30, 2011 07:36:36 GMT

Shahrukh Khan’s superhero movie Ra.One was released on Diwali day to much hoopla, with premiers in India, Dubai and England. By and large, the critics have given Ra.One mixed-reviews with most panning it for it’s weak storyline. The saving grace is the 3D version of the film, which seems to be getting some positive reviews for the special effects.

So, if you are still wondering if Ra.One is worth your money, here are some reviews for you to consider.

Naresh Kumar Deoshi, ApunKaChoice.com
Rating: ***½
Naresh felt that Ra.One offers an awesome visual spectacle

Watched in 3D, the film offers an awesome visual spectacle unseen so far in any Hindi film. Kudos to Shahrukh Khan and the Ra.One team for raising the bar.

It’s taken a Shahrukh Khan, a star with deep pockets and insane ambition, to break the barrier and provide the much awaited rite of passage for the VFX to come of age on Indian screen.

Ra.One, in that sense, is a triumph even though it doesn’t have one helluva story to elicit adulation for the writers. The story, in fact, is quite childish.

Raja Sen, Rediff
Rating: *½

Raja Sen was the least impressed amongst the critics

Ra.One is a subpar superhero film with a mediocre soundtrack and occasionally terrific effects. For those of you looking to compare, it's well below Krrish on the superpecking order, and far, far below Robot. The film's narrative, as a result, is disjointed and sluggish, with a mere handful of good scenes. The rest is not just filler, but lengthy, exhausting, filmi filler -- the kind of kitsch a film like this should really have left behind.

Mayank Shekhar, Hindustan Times
Rating: **

For most parts, this doesn't seem a super-hero movie at all. It's more of a weirdly boiled, Bollywood please all: vaguely soppy romance, Salman-type sasta comedy, narcissistic SRK set piece. Die-hard fans of all three genres are likely to be disappointed. Neither here nor there, everything appears so visibly constructed and all over the place that you can look through the wires, rather than blend in with the experience. The latter may be necessary if you're not playing this film's version, available on Playstation 2

Shubhra Gupta, Indian Express
Rating: **

Shubhra felt that Ra.One is a superstarry slurry sludge, with just the occasional consolatory sparkle

Can a film which boasts some of the most boggling special effects ever seen in an Indian venture, and a couple of Bollywood’s most jiggly, shapely navels�"one male, the other female, one pierced, one not but oh-so-hot�"be a slurry sludge? 'Ra.One’ goes one better. It is a superstarry slurry sludge, with just the occasional consolatory sparkle. Shah Rukh Khan’s shout-out to superheroes is a Three Part Something : borrowing from past superhero outings, imbuing them with a worn mix of action-tragedy-comedy-romance, and flattening them into a storyline which seldom manages to escape the clutches of clichéd story-telling

Rajeev Masand, CNN-IBN
Rating: **½

Rajeef felt that with unnecessary comical sequences and dance numbers, the direction was not up to the mark

Every time we're drawn into the simplistic but intriguing story of how Ra.One can only be vanquished by the game's superhero G.One (also played by Shah Rukh), director Anubhav Sinha feels the desperate need to inject a dance number or a comical sequence or a melodramatic interlude into the narrative. It's distracting from the superhero theme and more importantly, it makes the film clunky.

Nikhat Kazmi, The Times Of India
Rating: ***½

Nikhat gives the movie a positive review

Ra-One works on several accounts. First because it has some interesting clashes betwen G-One, the good robot(Shah Rukh Khan) and Ra-One, the bad robot, who can take the form of anyone he wants. Secondly, the bond that G-One develops with the family he is supposed to protect, Kareena and her young son Prateik, is warm and winsome. The film falls back in the emotional quotient. Also, considering so much money has been poured into the film, the special effects and the hi-tech gadgetry lacks the glitzy feel of Hollywood sci-fi

Taran Adarsh, bollywoodhungama.com
Rating: ****½

Lavishing praise on all aspects of the movie, Taran Adarsh was the only critic to give the move a four star rating

RA.ONE raises the bar, takes not a step or two, but a giant leap and adheres to international standards, in terms of execution. But the soul, I wish to add, is very desi. That's precisely the reason why RA.ONE emerges trumps.

Overall the Ra.One 3D version has been unanimously preferred by critics over the 2D version. With not much to write about the story or the acting, the movie is mostly being viewed as a special-effects spectacle. If you are an ardent Shahrukh Khan fan and are eager to watch the movie, then definitely watch the 3D version.
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