Penguin has its moments and Keerthy Suresh indeed makes it a must-watch film. But now, it’s the right time to ask if this pressure to include ‘twists’ isn’t making it a good story as it seems to be so simple. As the writing hasn’t accommodated for them from the beginning, the twist over twist formula gets more and more tiring. It just seems to be like delivering a cold splash of water on the viewer’s face and expecting them to be happier only because they didn’t see it coming.
Neither the actual nor the red herring antagonist get a solid black story. In the second half, everybody gets disappointed because there’s too much of telling and too little of showing. The script leaves everybody to make connections and some of these links are quite weak. When you watch the movie, you’ll come to know about the movie’s flimsy approach towards mental health i.e. Rhythm is shown to be depressed and suicidal after her son goes missing, but after this, the doctor only tells to be positive and not to think about unpleasant things.
At least in other such films, when the dark or disturbing themes come, it means that it is high time that the directors invested more efforts in fleshing out the emotional make-up of the character, but neither of this happened in the movie.
All the films, which are based on serial killers, are much about the hunt as they are about to arrive at the answers. And that’s why the antagonist is just as important as the hero, sometimes even more.
Penguin, which is directed by Eashvar Karthic, has now started to stream on Amazon Prime. The story revolves around a pregnant woman who must seek out a dangerous killer if she wants to find her missing son.
Keerthy Suresh proved her acting skills to the world with ‘Mahanati’. After playing a pregnant woman role in Penguin, she tells again that she can do even much more than just playing role of ‘bubbly girl’.
The actress brings considerable gravitas to the role, as a frantic and devasted mother who never gives up on the search for her firstborn, though he’s written off as dead by everyone else.
She even cross-questions a criminal in this situation. At a point, to underline this, she says, “I’m pregnant, not brain dead.”
The clumsiness of pregnancy is suggested by ‘Penguin’ movie, and after all it glorifies motherhood, although it chooses to do so in an unexpected manner. The woman is in search of a serial killer in this situation, and not dying of noble starvation or childbirth on a rainy night.
The director, Eashvar takes some interesting diversions from a simple stereotypical writing by removing all the romantic tension of the triangle between her ex-husband, her current spouse and Keerthy. He just focuses on the issue at hand.
The scary and haunted rhythms scare everyone in the first half of the film. But later in the second half, there is nothing interesting as such. The movie is unexpected, for sure, but not particularly satisfying.