Don 2 Review
Indicine | Indicine Team
The second half begins a little slow. While we loved the film, the sudden change-of-heart for Don was hard to digest. Why ruin a character that was built to be cold-hearted, someone who is selfish and cared for none? The brief romance between SRK and Priyanka comes across as forced.
The action sequences were good, but nothing that you haven’t already seen before. The camerawork throughout was fantastic and so was the background score. There was no scope for music, just one song in the first half and the other during the credits.
From start to finish, what really stands out are the dialogues by Farhan Akhtar – every single wisecrack by SRK was applauded.
Don 2 works mainly because of three reasons – SRK’s performance, Farhan’s direction and those fantastic dialogues.
DNA India | Aniruddha Guha
The film, however, is nothing more than an attempt to cash in; to set opening weekend records. And to provide a vehicle for its lead star to dazzle. Thankfully, Shah Rukh Khan is in form. The body language is cocky, the attitude flamboyant, and the smirk consistent. In a full-fledged action role, Khan goes the whole hog, pulling off the stunts with panache. Only for him, Don 2 is pretty enjoyable.
Sadly, with a director who showed much promise with his first film, Don 2 should have been more than just another big-ticket Friday film that rests solely on the shoulders of its lead actor.
Bollyspice | Jay Mamtora
Farhan Akhtar, who returns to direction after nearly five years displays a solid grasp of the subject at hand never once digressing from the unfolding plot with unnecessary toilet humour or unwanted songs.
The action sequences are mind blowing and don’t come across as fake or forced into the plot – and thankfully we’re spared ridiculous situations where the hero’s shirt rips open and he goes on a killing rampage. The 3D compliments the film too and is impressively done for an Indian film.
The Times Of India | Nikhat Kazmi
Don 2 is a classic action/crime thriller that doesn't let go, even for a moment. More importantly, the plot has been finely crafted, with every twist and turn falling into place like a complicated albeit neat little jigsaw.
The high point of the film is Shah Rukh's delineation of the character of the Don. The actor interprets him as an arrogant, agile, wicked and wild dare-devil who has the most bizarre schemes up his sleeves. But that's not all.
The film does lack a bit on the emotional quotient and human relationships are hardly given a chance to grow.
Dailybhaskar | DailyBhaskar
The unmatchable charisma of Shah Rukh Khan with ultra-stylish dialogue delivery makes Don 2, worth a watch for one and all. Priyanka Chopra is at her best towards the climax switching lanes between helpless lover and revengeful cop. Lara Dutta plays her part well in the special appearance.
Farhan Akhtar yet again shows his brilliance as a director. The theft sequence is amazing shot with no room for technical goof-ups especially the way SRK escapes the inside chamber with plates in his bag.
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh
With DON 2, Farhan Akhtar reasserts himself as one of Hindi cinema's stylish storytellers. It wouldn't be erroneous to state that DON 2 redefines slick in Bollywood. But the film could've done with a tighter script.
DON 2 marks SRK's return to anti-hero roles after enacting such roles with flourish so early in his career. Recall BAAZIGAR, DARR and ANJAAM. He plays a wicked, debonair anti-hero in DON 2. Priyanka revisits her character of Roma in DON 2.
Rediff | Aseem Chhabra
In his new film Don 2 director Farhan Akhtar takes his time introducing us to his lead, played by Shahrukh Khan We get a whiff of Khan, a slight sense of his presence, with close shots and shaky hand held camera.
For an action film with the central plot setting us up for a robbery inside a major bank, the film's pacing is very slow. Coupled with that, the script explains everything to us step-by-step.
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza
Farhan Akhtar has taken credit for the dialogues, direction and story of DON 2. This, apart from being in the production team. Farhan, as we all know, has set very high standards in Bollywood. No, in fact it is a huge blow because this is not something that you expect from a Farhan Akhtar.
Shah Rukh Khan tries too hard. There is no aura of a Don around him. Nothing sinister even though he tries bloody hard. Priyanka Chopra is not convincing as the character she plays and is as clueless as Farhan and SRK.
Super Good Movies | Super Good Movies
The plot is simple yet interesting. Don uses his wily tricks again and does fool the audience with the final twist in the tale. But what makes the film looks bland is it has less thrills and very little engaging sequences. There are shades of Ocean’s 11 and other Hollywood heist thrillers in Don 2, but the drama and buildup is missing.
Rediff | Raja Sen
A very impressively produced film indeed. Akhtar's hero has never looked better -- as evidenced by the lovely girl in the seat next to mine gasping louder and louder, and unencumbered by the lack of a classic film to be compared against, both director and actor are visibly liberated, having a blast making this film about a slimy (but shiny) antagonist who wants nothing to do with redemption.
Koimoi | Komal Nahta
Shah Rukh Khan is the life of the film and charms his way into the audience’s hearts. Priyanka Chopra gets limited scope and is suitably restrained as the Interpol detective. She looks sexy.
Farhan Akhtar’s direction is stylized and suited to the story. He has given the film a huge canvas and his approach makes it look like a very slick Hollywood film. His shot takings deserve distinction marks. But it must also be said that his drama and narration lack too many high points and excitement.
Zeenews | Zeenews
The film has some amazing stunts and chase sequences. The car chase between Priyanka and SRK is definitely a high point of the film.
The film belongs to Shah Rukh. So much so that a stellar cast comprising of Priyanka Chopra, Kunal Kapoor, Boman Irani and Om Puri fade in the background. Shah Rukh gives Don a completely different avatar.
Oneindia Entertainment | Oneindia Entertainment
Don 2 is very rich in its production values and Jason West's cinematography is the major highlight in it. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music for songs is good but it is not up to the standards of the movie. Dialogues are another attraction of the film and they are sure to become catchphrases. The locations and costume also add to the beauty of the film.
Sify | Sonia Chopra
Don's infallibility is taken to new lengths. In a car chase at top speed, he's nonchalant, even cheerfully waving to the chaser. And, of course, you'll find it difficult to cosy up to a character that blows up innocent policemen to prove a point.
The actors are all at the top of their game, and that elevates the film somewhat. Shah Rukh still exudes a searing screen presence that keeps you hooked. Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani are dependably good.
Stardust | Swati Rohatgi
The entire first half gets consumed in establishing the plot by which you are almost losing hopes of any action! The second half builds up some interesting moments which the execution of the heist however, by the time the film ends after an unbelievably stretched climax you almost feel 10 years older than you were when you entered the cinema hall!
NDTVMovies | Piyali Dasgupta
Explosive yes, there's immense amount of shattered glass in practically every action scene. But SRK fails to deliver the action, looking unbelievable.
Boman Irani and Priyanka Chopra return from the 2006 original. Priyanka doesn't have much to do, except show some of the old chemistry with Don and bash up a few baddies.
Wogma | Meetu
As an afterthought, you admire the writer's capacity to throw in twist-after-twist while making sure you know motivations behind characters' behaviors. But maybe he over-estimated our capacity to be interested in the turns.
The action sequences are choreographed and shot well too. But you can't help but feel there is so much more Farhan Akhtar can do
Mid-Day India | Shubha Shetty Saha
There's one thing that irks me the most in Bollywood action thrillers, and Don 2 carries the tradition. The smart moves by the characters is tediously explained again and again to show how the move was engineered, thereby diluting the whole effect. The audience is treated like a four-year-old brat, who doesn't concentrate and forgets what has been told to him five minutes back.
Nowrunning | Mansha Rastogi
What works for a cinegoer is the shooting brilliance. The action sequences are international standards and the locations are beautifully utilized. It wouldn't be wrong to call Don2 highly stylized. The car chasing scene is absolutely brilliant and keeps you at the edge of your seat.
Movietalkies | Movietalkies
Farhan apart, the film's true star is Shah Rukh Khan, who delivers a lethal, almost devious performance as Don. The King Khan is in his element here, as he delivers punchline after punchline, sounding menacing like a hissing snake.