Shankar's magnum opus I was the most anticipated movie of the year with the prominence being greater than any Rajinikanth movie or even the Khans' movie. But like they say, big doesn't always mean better.
The film stars Vikram and Amy Jackson in lead roles. The movie released in three languages Tamil, Telugu and Hindi but the Hindi version hit the theatres a day later while Tamil and Telugu viewers got a head start.
Cast: Vikram, Amy Jackson, Suresh Gopi, Upen Patel, Santhanam and Ramkumar Ganesan
Vikram plays a the role of a bodybuilder, Lingesan, who idolizes Arnold Schwarzenegger and aims to be like him while Amy Jackson plays the rolf of supermodel Diya. Lingesan is so obsessed with Diya that he has a box full of women's products in the bedroom that are endorsed by Diya.
When he gets caught red-handed by his friend and is asked what he is going to do with all these products (holding a pack of sanitary napkin), Lingesan very cheekily says he will use it as a pillow. This scene makes you laugh like you never have.
Lingesan is not the obsessed kind, like the ones we usually spot in other movies but rather different. He gets a major makeover and turns into a hot hunk by the name Lee who becomes a sensation in the glamorous world of advertising and ends up bearing the wrath of many. At this point the story starts to fluctuate with the lead actors meeting half way across the world in China and how they fall in love etc.
How the hunchback character comes into play and also the werewolf character forms the crux of the story. Like so many other reviews I can reveal the entire plot but after that what's the point of the makers making the movie or what's the point of you going to the theatre by being a know it all.
A little bit of surprise and suspense helps you to enjoy the movie and trust me when I say this, you'll end up giving standing ovation to Vikram. Yes, the actor has worked a lot to portray each of the roles in the movie, no wonder they too 2-3 years to make I.
From my point of view, this is where the movie fails. The plot may not be predictable as such but definitely dragged to such an extent in the second half that audience gets bored.
I has been shot lavishly with a big budget of Rs 180 crores so it definitely is visual treat to watch the movie and Shankar's direction is also good but the weak script of I ruins every other good aspect of the movie. A.R Rahman songs are very melodious but they don't soothe who when you are getting bored with the story.
Vikram is the star of the movie but even his hard work and dedication could not help I much, but hats off to the actor for the brilliant performance in all the roles. Amy Jackson does an 'Ok' job while Upen Patel was not needed rather someone better could have been cast. Suresh Gopi and Ramkumar's roles were not that great to deserve a compliment neither that bad to be commented upon.
Watch it only for Vikram otherwise you can skip it.
See the tweets from fans and celebs about movie...
#I review: #Vikram is good but @shankarshanmugh has lost his magic touch http://bit.ly/1wcLS2X @SonyMusicSouth @ashokparwani @rameshlaus
#Vikram and @iamAmyJackson are the pillars of #I. They have shouldered the film dearly
#I #Imovie ஐ- Only Chiyaan Vikram could have done this..No possible adjectives or words can be used to describe Vikram's courage. Hats Off!
Shriya Saran, Actress
Wishing the I team all the very best for their humongous pongal release. Beyond excited to see this film just like everyone else. #Imovie
#MovieReview: "I" is a mix of science-fiction and kitschy mythological soap-opera #Imovie
SS Music Channel
#I is not a film to be reviewed, It's a film to Celebrated for one Man's Sheer Sacrifice and Dedication #IPongal
#I is a magnificent effort on screen from @shankarshanmugh sir & @chiyaanvikram ... what an effort! An epic love story told spectacularly:-)
#i jus awesome! @shankarshanmugh ,vikram @arrahman @pcsreeram @iamAmyJackson @iamsanthanam nd iteam #hatsoff don't miss it in big screen!
Lakshmi Rai, Actress
All the best beautiful @iamAmyJackson 😘have a rocking year sweetie good luck to the entire team wish u a grand success 👍 #I
The movie has impressed many, the movie has disappointed many but I will mint money and be declared a hit but when it comes to the reviewing aspect it can be termed as a flop if most of the people have not liked the movie.