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Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Joseph Vijay, Anurag Kashyap

Writer: Lokesh Kanagaraj, Rathna Kumar, Deeraj Vaidy

Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj

Producer/s: Lalit Kumar


leo Review
Coolie (Hindi) Teaser Review: Rajinikanth In Lokesh Kanagaraj's Universe Is Literally Raining Gold & Hinting At Shah Rukh Khan's Arrival - Thalaivar's 171 Is Beasting Already!
Rajinikanth Is Literally Raining Gold In Lokesh Kanagaraj’s Coolie Teaser (Photo Credit – Youtube)

After a lot of speculations around Rajinikanth and Lokesh Kanagaraj‘s next hat being untitled, Thalaivar 171 was revealed with a title and a fully commercial teaser. The film has been titled Coolie, and a 3-minute 16 seconds teaser was dropped to welcome Anna to Lokesh’s Universe.

The teaser is equally entertaining in Hindi as in Tamil, with Anna entering a dockyard stuffed with Gold. But guess who glitters more than Gold? None other than Anna. As he carelessly keeps attacking goons at illegal sites, his charm and suaveness are unparalleled.

In Tamil, the actor re-iterates his Ranga dialogue offering a brilliant recall to his fans. Anirudh’s background music also promises to push this commercial entertainer to its peak. Coolie teaser, however, is too soon to judge the film that will commence the shoot now.

But the Hindi version of the song hints massively at Shah Rukh Khan’s arrival as well. A few months ago, it was speculated that SRK was approached by Loki for the Rajinikanth film. However, he politely declined the offer.

Recently it was speculated that SRK is definitely collaborating on Coolie with Rajinikanth. Now, in the teaser, Anna hints at this massive collaboration, and we might not spoil your experience of watching the teaser and figuring it out yourself. However, we might definitely tell you to look for an easy, breezy whistle at the end of the teaser. 

Lokesh Kanagaraj has peaked with his last release, Leo, at the box office. Meanwhile, Rajinikanth ruled box office numbers with Jailer last year. Looking at the two powerhouses collaborating Coolie seems like a master move, even in the Hindi belt.

The Hindi teaser of Coolie, in a very classic way, says ‘Phoot le’ in Rajinikanth’s voice as he fights goons in what seems like a total masala film on its way. Hopefully, it will serve golden numbers at the box office as it starts shooting with the announcement teaser. We guess it’s too soon to predict anything.

Check out the teaser here.

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Leo Movie Review Rating:

Star Cast: Adam Sandler as Leo (voice), Bill Burr as Squirtle (voice), Cecily Strong as Mrs. Malkin (voice), Jason Alexander as Jayda’s Dad (voice), Rob Schneider as Principal (voice), Sadie Sandler as Jayda (voice), Sunny Sandler as Summer (voice), Jackie Sandler as Jayda’s Mom (voice), Heidi Gardner as Eli’s Mom (voice), Nick Swardson as Bunny (voice), Nicholas Turturro as Anthony’s Dad (voice), Robert Smigel as Miniature Horse (voice), Jo Koy as Coach Komura (voice) Stephanie Hsu as Skyler’s Mom (voice), Kevin James as Ace (voice)

Director: Robert Marianetti, Robert Smigel, David Wachtenheim

Leo Movie Review
Leo Movie Review Out! (Picture Credit: IMDb)

What’s Good: It kills your time without you having any major regret, and that’s its biggest achievement

What’s Bad: It’s confusing and confuses everyone!

Loo Break: Not really, if you know what you’re getting into

Watch or Not?: Only if you watch to watch anything just for the sake of watching anything

Language: English

Available On: Theatrical release

Runtime: 1 hour 42 minutes

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Leo (voiced by Adam Sandler) is a 74-year-old lizard who just learned that reptiles of his kind live for 75 years and faces an existential crisis about what he wants to do in his last year. He sits comfortably with Turtle the Squirtle (voiced by Bill Burr) in a class 5th tank overlooking the change of kids every year since 1949.

The current class teacher gets replaced by the authoritarian octogenarian Ms. Malkin (voiced by Cecily Strong), who is exactly like the typical strict oldie teacher anyone can imagine. Every week, a new student gets to take Leo home for ‘pet caring’ lessons, where he talks to them and gives them life lessons to overcome fear, insecurity, and other setbacks.

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Leo Movie Review Out! (Picture Credit: IMDb)

Leo Movie Review: Script Analysis

In talks since 2016, the ‘Adam Sandler Lizard Film’ is finally here, and it’s not really the perfect mix of Young Adult comical drama I was expecting it to be. I know I’m not its target audience. Still, even if I try to understand from a 5-year-old’s perspective this, I would definitely not get the death jokes like “Mummy’s gonna be gone someday,” an awkward Mr. Skin reference a character makes, or making fun of a pregnant teacher.

That made me think, which age group is this movie even targeting? From its cartoonish treatment, it looks like it’s for kids, then it suddenly turns into a musical in between, and then you feel it’s for teenagers, but the adult jokes in between aren’t really targeted at anyone below 13, at least. Who does even Adam want to target with this? It has its moments, but as mentioned, those will be enjoyed by separate people in scattered age groups.

Leo Movie Review: Star Performance

Adam Sandler continues to milk his SNL sketches’ babbling dramatic baritone voice as Leo to give the 74-year-old lizard an adorable likableness. It sounds like he had a lot of fun while voicing Leo, and that’s evident with the quirky output.

Bill Burr as Squirtle is just about what it should be, but that’s not up to the talent of what he could’ve done with better writing. Leo, being the titular character (and Adam being the writer and producer), Squirtle takes a backseat, which shouldn’t have been the case for a better film. Cecily Strong’s voice for Mrs. Malkin goes perfectly well for the uncompromising teacher she plays.

Leo Box Office Review (Hindi)
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Star cast: Thalapathy Vijay, Trisha Krishnan, Sanjay Dutt, Arjun Sarja, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Madonna Sebastian and others

Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj

Producers: SS Lalit Kumar & Jagadish Palanisamy

Leo Box Office Review (Hindi): Pre-Release Buzz & Impression

There are some films that don’t need any promotional material to create hype around themselves, and one such is Leo. Ever since the announcement was made, the film has been in the news and garnering eyeballs. Of course, a lot of credit goes to director Lokesh Kanagaraj, whose popularity is rising with each passing day ever since he made a masterpiece like Vikram. Lokesh has become more of a brand, all thanks to his style of filmmaking and LCU (Lokesh Cinematic Universe).

Fans were already excited to see Thalapathy Vijay and Lokesh reuniting after Master, and then, rumors about Leo being a part of LCU ignited the fire. These couple of factors did their job and created a good buzz around this project.

Yes, there is one complaint of mine about the makers that they didn’t care to promote their film in the Hindi market, as they were releasing the Hindi version just for the sake of formality. Remember, the makers had a star face like Sanjay Dutt and the excitement factor of LCU, but they failed to capitalize on it. Even they underestimated the loyal Hindi fan base of Thalapathy Vijay. Still, the film enjoyed a sort of awareness and genuine interest among the audience, all thanks to the ever-increasing popularity of Lokesh post-Vikram and LCU as a whole.

All in all, Leo looked like a much more promising affair compared to Thalapathy Vijay’s previous releases.

Leo Box Office Review (Hindi): Initial Start, Positives & Negatives

As we mentioned above, Leo has been carrying a genuine interest among the audience in the Hindi belt. Despite no promotion, the film crossed the opening day of all previous Thalapathy Vijay films through advance booking alone. Yes, the Hindi dubbed version saw pre-sales of 1.40 crores gross, which made it clear that the occupancy will be decent throughout the country, with walk-ins contributing further. Remember that Leo is not playing in National Cinema Chains; still, it has shown a good response in the Hindi belt today.

Speaking about the positives, it’s officially out that the Thalapathy Vijay starrer is a part of LCU, and that will attract footfall to theatres. The word-of-mouth has been decent, too, so far, and it will allow the film to enjoy a good run over the first extended weekend. Speaking about the competitors, Ganapath is the only prominent film that will arrive tomorrow. Even if it turns out to be a very good affair, Leo will get its share of the audience.

Now, coming to the negatives, Leo is being said to be the weakest film in LCU, and such feedback might hamper the box office in the long run. Other than that, there are some brutal action sequences and really violent scenes, so the family audience might avoid watching it. Also, not to forget that due to some OTT contract issues, the film is not running across National Cinema Chains, and that will surely impact the potential business.

Leo Box Office Review (Hindi): Final Verdict

On the whole, Leo has its shortcomings, but the ground-level buzz, Thalapathy Vijay‘s strong presence, and the brand of Lokesh will successfully make it the highest Hindi net earner in the actor’s career by miles. It is expected to earn between 20-25 crores at the Indian box office.

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Leo Movie Review Rating:

Star Cast: Thalapathy Vijay, Trisha, Arjun, Sanjay Dutt, Sandy Master, Gautham Vasudev Menon, George Maryan

Director: Lokesh Kanagaraj

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What’s Good: Vijay & Anirudh save Lokesh Kanagraj’s ship from sinking all the way in

What’s Bad: Lacks emotional depth showcasing a done-to-death concept

Loo Break: It’s almost 3 hours and not a good film; you’ll need a few!

Watch or Not?: Only and only if you’re a Vijay fan!

Language: Tamil

Available On: Theatrical Release

Runtime: 2 Hours 44 Minutes

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It opens following the textbook definition of “How to make your hero’s entry more heroic?” gives him a problem to solve that no one else was able to do. We meet Parthiban (Vijay), who’s an animal rescuer-cum-cafe owner – 2 extreme-end professions you would’ve never thought could be labored by one person.

So, because he’s an animal rescuer, he’ll, of course, get a wild animal to tame so that the audience should know the hero is here and he’ll be solving all the problems from now. Later, we get to know some people are targeting him, saying he’s not Parthiban but Leo Das, a Mafia boss who everyone is scared of. But what’s Parthiban’s reality? Is he an animal rescuer-cum-cafe owner or mafia-boss-cum-cafe owner?

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Leo Movie Review: Script Analysis

Lokesh Kanagaraj teams up with Master & Vikram’s writer, Rathna Kumar, adding Jil Jung Juk’s Deeraj Vaidy, which doesn’t help in any way. I had a doubt when Loki kept saying how he had just rehashed the done-to-death concept but added a proper theatrical experience to it. I don’t know why I would expect something else when he has said this multiple times & that’s what he delivers. The story is so stale that even if the film is retitled as ‘Deo,’ it would still stink.

But, there are elevation moments, as promised, enriching the theatre experience for those particular scenes. The problem is, what apart from that? Because these high moments are too little even to count, and the rest of the time, you’re like, “Vikram chala do wapas!” (Play me Vikram again!). Manoj Paramahamsa smartly tried to hide the pretty ordinary VFX through his camera tricks & Philomin Raj through his editing skills. Still, whenever there are high-quantity VFX scenes, you’ll be able to feel its substandard quality in some sequences.

Even the hollow screenplay makes you lose the connection with the characters way sooner than you’d expect it to end. A prime example of a sub-par screenplay is Vijay telling the story of a serial killer, corpses on the ground to his school-going daughter, and closing her ears only when he wants to say “bleeding”. I mean, what parameter is this?

Leo Movie Review: Star Performance

Thalapathy Vijay has been getting very comfortable in doing such roles and, hence, getting pretty monotonous at what he does. I’ll never deny the amazing star power he has, but even we thought the same for Salman Khan, and we all saw what happened when he got repetitive.

Trisha adds zero value to the story or Parthiban’s life. She fights over him getting their ‘anniversary’ shirt torn, completely ignoring that he has saved so many lives while defeating a wild Hynea. Arjun is royally wasted, and so is Sanjay Dutt; I wish we could’ve seen more of both. Sandy Master creates the desired with his lunatic serial killer. He should’ve stayed the main villain till the end.

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