Verdict – A Mammootty show all the way.
When The Great Father project was announced and a few first look posters and teasers were released, Mammookka fans all over went crazy, and rightly so. After a series of duds, the actor looked to be back in his element. The various posters and the teasers of The Great Father reminded everyone about the 2007 stylish thriller film Big B, which made Mammootty’s character Bilal a trendsetter.
The Great Father is directed by debutant director Haneef Adeni is an August Cinema venture. It also stars Arya, Baby Anikha, Sneha, and Malvika Mohanan, apart from Mammootty. The intense opening credits of the film assure you of a crime-thriller waiting for you.
The story of the film revolves around the relationship between the father David Ninan (Mammootty) and his daughter Sara (Baby Anikha), who thinks of her dad as a superhero who is capable of anything. David is a builder by profession. He lives a happy and peaceful life with his daughter and wife Dr. Michelle (Sneha). With the backdrop of a pedophile-serial killer wreaking havoc all over the state, the family of three seem unaffected and going about their daily life. However, their little world is shattered when this pedophile-serial killer, who goes by the name Joker, enters the life of their little daughter Sara. Who is this Joker and how will David Ninan stop him is what the film is all about.
To investigate the various cases and catch this Joker enters the brash and beefed up cop Andrew Eapen (Arya). With both David and Andrew out to find the Joker, who will find him first? Watch the film to know.
The film surely deals with the present day situation of young children being brutally raped and murdered but could it have dealt with the issue plaguing our society today more deeply? Yes, absolutely. The filmmaker obviously was stuck between a socially relevant drama and a stylish heroic movie. He focussed more on the latter and that’s his choice.
The other supporting actors Sneha, Miya George and Malavika Mohanan had little to absolutely no role in this film. They were mere props to the two main male leads. Sneha who plays the role of David’s wife Michelle ends up crying on his shoulder most of the time. The fact that she is a doctor and a mother could have been given a stronger role and more screen space. It's the same with the other female characters in the film; Miya George and Malvika Mohanan had nothing much to do.
The most cringe-worthy scene in the film was provided by Kalabhavon Shajon’s character with his misogynist and double meaning jokes, which left a bad taste in the mouth.
The background score by Sushin Shyam is what makes the film a complete thriller.
Why You Should Watch This Movie
This movie is for those who want to relive the good old days of Mammooka as Bilal. He is suave, he is stylish, and he is back!
Style ennu paranjal, itha annu macha style!