Brahmastra Review Part 1 Shiva: The wait is finally over for the audience who have been waiting for Brahmastra with their fingers crossed hoping that it doesn’t turn out to be a disaster and this might be the biggest make-or-break Bollywood or any Film has ever had.
The writer and directed have taken their own sweet time to pen this film leaving no stones unturned to make this as grand as possible and finally, it is here! Brahmastra is here, well the first part titled “Shiva” is.
Brahmastra: Part 1 “Shiva” focuses on the ordinary but not-so-ordinary Shiva played by Ranbir Kapoor who leads a normal life with occasional attacks where he sees things that are happening in other places.
With time, he realizes his true purpose is fighting against the darkness so the world may prevail as it is. All this is possible with the help of Astras, mighty weapons that were awarded to a group of sages that call themselves “Brahmansh”. The power of the Astras differs with respect, with some containing the elemental powers of nature like Water, Wind, and Fire and other Astras containing the power of the divine creatures of the world.
VFX: This has to be the strongest point of the film because even the trailers make it appear like that and why not, the creators have hired some of the best studios DNEG for that. Fantastic work in VFX.
The sequences are shot in a way that they blend very well and with the film shot in IMAX, what you see is an ensemble of amazing cinematography and beautiful scenery of the Mountain Area (the Himalayas as mentioned in the film) where most of the second half is shot.
With the album already released, which has some of this year’s superhits like Kesariya and Dance Ka Bhoot the real star among the BMG appears to be the Mantras that are chanted repeatedly. Those are the star of the show and the music for the film rocks!
For a film that entered the worldview for its portrayal of ancient Indian Mythological Astras and is standing mostly on VFX, makes a little room for drama and acting but the little place there is at least for Ranbir and Alia because they share the first half completely have done justice.
Romance Doesn’t Connect
The first half of the film is entirely creating a base for Ranbir & Alia’s Love Story which does prove to be the savior as well. It just sounds a little weird for Ranbir and Alia to fall in love in just one night and follow Ranbir to a different city all alone. The romance wasn’t fully convincing which also felt like a typical Bollywood Formula.
Weak First Half
The first half doesn’t do justice to the weight the film carries, it’s not until the end of the first half that we see some real action with some added specks of light at the start and in between with Nagarjuna. The first half was carrying the backstory behind Ranbir’s character and the budding love that just buds in a fully-fledged flower overnight which looked like it doesn’t hold the weight of the title.
Overall Rating: 2.8/5
Although Brahmastra has some weak points, they’re okay to ignore because the strong ones outweigh them. VFX is just too good to miss and deserves to be watched on the BIG SCREEN. It’s a Family Sized Entertainer, for sure.