Joji inspired by Macbeth, makes for a gripping watch with its natural performances, captivating opera soundtrack and scenic visuals of a large estate taking a life of its own.
Dileesh Pothan once again brings us a realistic film, which takes us through the dysfunctional layers within the rich Christian Panachel family in Kottayam. The house viewed from the outside, displays a haunting grandness in sharp contrast to the inanimate cold interiors. The long drawn out shots of its interiors, very convincingly conveys the tangible malady pervading its family members. The dominating moneyed Panachel patriarch’s illness and the response of his three sons form the crux of the story.
The movie does not follow the plot line of Macbeth, but instead, manages to give an interesting interpretation. The Lady Macbeth version of the daughter-in-law, Bincy played with impressive ease by Unni Maya is a fascinating adaptation. The movie tries to draw out on the masculine toxicity prevailing in the family, while etching out the seething anger and frustration of the sole woman, Bincy in the family. The film beautifully captures the humour along with depravity among everyday events with a very restrained ordinariness.
The movie might appear a tad slow, but the outdoor visuals and scenes help draw out interesting insights into each character in the movie. The impressive ensemble cast, with their very real performances keeps you immersed.
Fahadh Faasil as Joji continues his exemplary run, this time as the proverbial black sheep of the family. His shift from aimless lethargy to vile nefariousness is just brilliant. His myriad expressions in one of the last scenes just before he tries to blackmail his brother are intimately chilling, giving a rare glimpse to his hidden depravity.
Director Dileesh Pothan has created a finely crafted movie, with well executed scenes and performances that linger.