Review: ‘Philips and the Monkey Pen’ travels through the life of three Philips, especially the third generation of Philip. And take aside all your other thoughts and enjoy the movie in its own mood.
Ryan Philip (Master Sanoop) – a standard 5th student fared very bad in mathematics and he has an interesting story to tell about it too. The barely ten year old has a good family atmosphere to boast through Mr and Mrs Roy Philip (Jayasurya and Remya Nambeesan). However, Ryan Philip was not going through a good phase in his school day as his Math teacher Pappan (Vijay Babu) started teasing him repeatedly for not doing home works.
Well, as a furious little kid he strike back at his Math teacher, which prompted Pappan to lose his dignity by being get arrested for a reason out of his knowledge. Ryan Philip however seems to be going through a sea change in his life as he received an interestingly designed pen, in fact a ‘Monkey Pen’ from his grandfather Richard Philip (Joy Mathew). And all on a sudden, Ryan Philip went onto become a hero in his school and the credit mainly attributes to that ‘Monkey Pen’. And movie goes through the various situations that Ryan Philip had to undergo since then.
Having heard about the movie ’Monkey Pen’ and the theme dealt in it, you are supposed to watch an eventful journey of a small kid with his special pen. And that is exactly what the makers of ‘Monkey Pen’ been able to produce. This quite an interesting movie not just goes through the wild dreams of a 10 year old kid, but also traverse the naked realities of our society. While movie runs on a quite heavily packed nearly two and half hour time, it has included many instances which remind you of the kids growing up around us. It has lessons for children, grownups. One such instance is when you are shown a simple picture drawn by the kids with an even simpler caption – ‘We are Children, not animals’. These words say it all.
But, don’t expect a tedious study class. Movie has flawlessly executed a superb experience which a normal kid of the age experiences. While Ryan Philip has a great family, I should say, the kid however has undergone a mental trauma which his parents never known. But, as the situation demanded, the couple of Mr & Mrs Roy Philip (Who frequently hears complains of too immature to bring up children) rose to know the need of their son, which nearly took the boy to another level.
Having said about the special pen – Monkey Pen, which boasts a well built – up character, it is sure to reckon every child who watches the movie. The magic pen, which made Ryan a star in the school, has a lot to teach you. One such is the moral story that ‘Do not eat a fruit which you haven’t sown it’. Well, childish it may seem – but take for granted, this has the power to take the superheroes out of the common man in you.
These words don’t mean that ‘Philips and the Monkey Pen’ is a flawless piece of art work. It has its share of problems like stretching some instances beyond your imagination and a slow pace in narration. And obviously I personally didn’t like the accident scene either. But, after all it is what kept the movie going on.
Performance: It is an out and out ‘Master Sanoop’ show. This child actor has great heights to go up in his professional ladder. He simply took the movie to another level with wonderful timing and an enjoyable screen presence. Having said about him, you are surely going to like the way he emoted during his problems and the kid of innocence he expressed on other occasions. Yes, he definitely reminds you that you have gone through ‘Ryan Philip’ during your school life – at least in your math class. It is not wise if you didn’t mention the other kids too. But, it isn’t wise either to include all of their names. They never managed unnecessary break down during any of the scenes. They performed their task quite elegantly – Hats off to you little guys and girls.
Jayasurya was there as an invincible force in the movie. As father of Ryan Philip, he stood firm to support his kid whenever an occasion arises. He and Remya Nambeesan have managed to perform with a kind of easiness which you could only expect from the range of actors like them. Often you would remember that they are a couple married at an immature age, but managed to bring up their kid in a never like before fashion. Along with them joins Mr. Vijay Babu. How superbly he has acted in the role of a struggling math teacher. It was indeed a great experience seeing the man resembling the body language of a school teacher.
All others including Innocent, Joy Mathew, Mukesh and to name a few performed according to their needs and really deserves applauds.
Technical Aspects: ‘Philips and the Monkey Pen’ takes you through an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ kind experience. It has the blend of visual beauty along with a sounding set design. The color tones were pitch perfect, but the only area that could have been improved is the editing department, where you often wants to cut some unnecessary scenes.
Somehow, filled with visually appealing frames, this movie needs to be placed along with the list of films that happens rare in Malayalam cinema – by all means.
Music: The music composed by Rahul Subrahmaniam added only goodness to the movie. However, what changed the environment of movie is the use of powerful BGM. This has enabled the viewers go through a hard hitting story with an amplified effect.
Script: The script often reminds you of the one seen in the kinds of ‘My dear Kuttichathan’. Though not out from every problem, they have enabled to show a neatly executed script which could appeal to everybody. However, filling all these stuff in a single movie is a great risk, which the movie has managed to surpass in a decent margin.
Direction: If you are expecting a racy thriller, then you might obviously miss the good parts of this movie. Approaching a rather slow pace in narration, makers have included wide variety of issues in treating children as children. This might have been even better, no doubt in it. But, what makes your astonished is the way the duo have managed to sit you in seats throughout the two and half hour time. And after finishing movie watching, when you look back at the past hours, you would experience of having a great feast with a lot of dishes. And that is what this movie is meant to be.
Good job from these debutants.
Verdicts: This Monkey Pen needs to be passed through every kid.
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