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After over a decade, the hit pair of Kick is back once again to enthrall the audience. This time around, both Ravi Teja and Ileana seem to be coming back with another wounded force, director Srini Vaitla. The man who had churned out numerous comedy-action blockbusters such as Dhee, Ready, Dookudu, Baadshah, etc., experienced more than a brief lull stage with disasters like Aagadu, Bruce Lee & Mister. Have the trio been successful in creating magic with Amar Akbar Anthony? Let's find out!
The movie opens with a flashback episode, which sets the theme of the movie as a revenge drama. Amar's (Ravi Teja) father and his childhood pal, Aishwarya's (Ileana) father own a big pharma firm together as partners in the USA who offer small share of business to four of their employees. The greedy employees, in order to own everything, hatch a plan and get their bosses eliminated.
Cut to present (after 14 years), Amar is seen getting released out of jail and he meets Aishwarya in the process. Together, they seek revenge on the unfortunate incident.
The interesting part of the plot is that both Amar and Aishwarya would be suffering from dissociative identity disorder and it's there we curiously check whether the same comes in handy to the duo for their operation or as an obstacle.
Ravi Teja is good, but not the best in the movie, all thanks to the mediocre writing. The Mass Maharaja is known for his typical body language, extremely funny comical timing and energy in abundance; however, none of these are visible in the movie. This is not a typical Ravi Teja's movie.
Ileana, after a brief hiatus, returns to the Tollywood silver screen with an okayish performance. She has put on some weight, which increases her beauty quotient but not her acting skills.
Sunil's comedy in the second half has worked out to a fair bit of an extent, while Satya's comedy track falls very flat without any entertainment.
Rest of the cast has rendered average performances, without exciting the audience or disturbing the pen of the critics.
Srinu Vaitla, after a series of disasters, had pinned all his hopes on Amar Akbar Anthony and it seems like the director might have to wait for another movie to mark an official comeback. The mundane writing, forced and outdated comedy, not-so-interesting storyline and weak characterization make the movie a disengaging drama.
S Thaman has been a winner off-late with both his BGM work and songs. But that is not the case with Amar Akbar Anthony, as it's just one song which lingers in the ears of the audience.
Cinematography and editing are adequate and so is the production value of the movie.
Not a must-watch movie in theatres, despite the promises made by the director and the starcast on paper. You can give it a skip, unless you do not have any other option and crave for a small piece of entertainment.