One of the toughest jobs as a director while making a sport based film is to create suspenseful moments that the audience would not predict. There is moment where a ball is hit at Premji Amaran; it is a crucial wicket. We know how good a fielder he is in the 1st part.
Yuvan's songs and BGM work big time for the film. However, a couple of songs could have been easily put away. Especially the ‘House Party’ number which looks a complete misfit to the situation.
Verdict: An enjoyable second innings
Self-referencing, insider-jokes on the film industry and irreverent dialogue punches on current-affairs usually get trite and alien for a neutral audience. But here the empathetic nod to demonetisation and marital woes are believable as the actors look and sound ‘real’ and not like some caricature cut-outs.
Venkat Prabhu hits the ground running and plays to his strengths where the title sequence in the beginning and in the end are equally entertaining. This is not an ‘I-will-show-you-if-I’m-smarter’ kind of film and there is no pressure to second guess each outcome.
'Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings' review: Venkat Prabhu's writing serves as a smooth pitch
The success of Chennai 6000028 II: Second Innings lies in how smartly Venkat Prabhu weaves in the elements that we loved in the first film even though the setting and the dramatic angle of this film is different.
As with Chennai 600028, the filmmaking feels unpolished, and the cricket matches are shot and edited in a scrappy manner that makes the film relatable in a way Venkat Prabhu’s previous big-budget films did not make us feel.
Cricket remains the main stay of the sequel too. The cricket matches in the film are choreographed in an engaging way, exploring how the sport is played in the rural areas of Tamil Nadu. The director has also showed the scarifices men make to keep their family happy.
Chennai 600028 II: Second Innings does have some shortcomings in terms of narration and comedy when compared to its predecessor.
Chennai 600028 II Second Innings movie review: Venkat and team hit a boundary again
The biggest strength of Chennai 28 II is the effervescent chemistry between the boys. Despite the physical changes, they are still energetic and it is nostalgic to see them back on the big screen.
Kudos to Venkat Prabhu for making a film which will appeal to youngsters especially boys. On the down side, the film is bit too long at 154 mints. There is no emotional connect and too much of boozing was unwanted.
Overall, Chennai 28 II is a jolly good film which is a satisfying watch.