Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangam suffers from an inconsistency in tone and this makes it less engaging than it should be. Even though the reason behind Oothukkaattaan’s motivation to take revenge feels a bit trivial, Thalapathy Prabhu treats it as quite a serious one, to give the narrative some focus.
The lone bright spot here is the character of Oothukkaattaan, which is somewhat different. And Parthiban captures the serio-comic nature of this character very well.
Overall, the film manages to amble along to its end despite the title credits scene promising us a gripping drama.
There are quite a lot of deja vu moments in the movie, which you come across, especially from the film Varuthapadadha Vaalibar Sangam. The first half of the film starts on an interesting note, however, as the film progresses, it loses its pace and begins to test your patience.
The film also deals with the vengeance and the cat and mouse game between the protagonist and antagonist.
Verdict: PEMT is a usual drama that engages in parts.
The story of two warring villages has been milked by Tamil cinema, and all Podhuvaga Emmanasu Thangamdoes is portray a face-off between two people. The first half is saved to an extent by a few funny lines, but afterwards, the plot meanders.
There are a few interesting characters around: a couple who’s hard of hearing and a man who never seems to brush his teeth. But all those, unfortunately, don’t make an entire film.