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A Flying Jatt Review by Indicine
A Flying Jatt works as a goofy superhero movie when the hero is just dealing with his new powers but when it starts preaching the viewers about pollution and its negative effects, the movie gets diluted. Of course, the movie will seem very pleasant and impactful to young kids but to adults it doesn’t hold a lot of value. Remo inscribed a lot of his typical comic touch to the movie but lets us down with sub-par action scenes. A Flying Jatt feels very incoherent and the duration of the movie feels like a slow trudge in space. The effort can be appreciated but the final product is a total letdown.
A Flying Jatt Review by Bollywood Hungama
The fight between good and bad, noble versus immoral, virtuous versus corrupt has been depicted in film after film. And if the fight between two extremes is portrayed in the most convincing manner, the viewer is bound to carry the film home and most importantly, return to watch the on screen clash again. In the case of A FLYING JATT, the film has a weak screenplay (Tushar Hiranandani, Remo D’Souza), which acts as a major spoilsport that runs across the film, which has a fragile storyline. While the film’s story has the genesis of good versus evil, the theme has been ‘Indianised’ and localised with a Punjabi tadka, so as to cater and appeal to the Indian sensibilities. Even though the film does offer entertainment in tangible proportion, there are places where the film starts looking lost. Scenes like fighting in the space in the climax is bizarre. And Remo adding a corny quote of himself while the movie is still running is laughable. Despite the fact that the film’s dialogues (Aakash Kaushik) do not qualify to be exceptional or extraordinary, they manage to be in tune with the flow of the film. The film’s story is relatable and the religious sentiments have been captured and portrayed in a clever manner. Director Remo D’Souza, whose last film ABCD 2 proved to be a Box-Office winner, does a decent job with A FLYING JATT, but the tacky VFX and weak screenplay overpowers the film’s ‘direction’ (quite literally!). Despite Remo D’Souza’s past laurels, one really wonders as to how he zeroed down and agreed upon the film’s illogical climax. While the drama in the film’s first half is pretty interesting, humorous and gripping, the film’s second half loses track, and turns too preachy regarding environment and religion.
A Flying Jatt Review by Saibal Chatterjee on NDTVMovies
Yes, A Flying Jatt, anchored by a glassy Tiger Shroff whose acting skills are still pretty rudimentary, delivers a truckload of trash that inevitably stinks to high heaven. Flying on a wing and a prayer, this film about a young Jatt in a rut is a yawn-inducing exercise that only gets worse with every passing frame, each as fatuous as the previous one.
A Flying Jatt Review by Sreeju Sudhakaran on Bollywood Life
The film goes downhill from its second half taking a mighty tumble. There is a sudden change in Tiger’s demeanour and once Jatt starts taking himself too seriously, there is very little fun left in the film. Also the climax is a royal mess. Remo sort of loses his grip on the plot and makes it into a public service announcement to curb pollution. You really smack your forehead in dismay and go ‘no way!’ when that happens. The fun flying Jatt becomes a sullen flying Jatt who now has the job of promoting environmental welfare. The climax fight between Jatt and Raka takes place in space and on moon and even on an orbiting satellite. Of course there is ample scope for cinematic liberty in this genre but this was stretching it way too much. There are too many brand placements that pop up till the very end and several scenes straight lifted out of Hollywood superhero flicks. What starts off as a fun, light and breezy entertainer suddenly looks burdened by the weight of its bad plot. Jacqueline doesn’t have much to do but look glam in the Beat Pe Booty song and her chemistry with Tiger just didn’t work for me. A Flying Jatt would have soared had it not compromised its second half and become a preachy documentary on global warming.
A Flying Jatt Review by Devarsi Ghosh on India Today
Which brings us to A Flying Jatt’s weakest link: Jacqueline Fernandez. In the entire film, the only time she seems to be in control is when she beats her booty. Otherwise, she plays a character, which is at best, a human personification of Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls. She squeals, squeaks, twitches, laughs, breaks down. She is not playing a person but probably, an anime girl. One would love to know what Jackie was high on all through the film. A Flying Jatt is meant for kids. If grown-ups don’t mind doing the fabled “leave the brain outside the home and enjoy” routine before stepping into the theatre, they will not mind A Flying Jatt.
Review by Vishal Verma on Glamsham
Surprisingly A FLYING JATT scores on its comic elements and lighter moments and not on action though the man to man combat between Tiger and Jones is good but the expected sweep, thrill from a super hero flick is clearly missing. VFX is passable. Music by Sachin Jigar has caught the attention. Vijay Kumar Arora’s cinematography is fine. Editing by Nitin Fcp has nothing to rave about. In fact technicalities are plain okay which is another drawback in a super hero adventure. Like many dream bollywood projects, A FLYING JATT certainly appeared good on paper. It had a simple comical character having super powers with genuine feeling and big laughs standing for something essential for the mankind.
Review by Sarita A Tanwar on DNA India
A Flying Jatt isn’t like your usual superhero film— it begins with being a bit more real and that’s endearing. The whole premise of a bumbling superhero who can fly but is scared of heights was a cracker of an idea. It’s these bits that make the first half of the film loaded with fun moments. The film takes about 20 minutes to hold your attention but after that it’s an exciting ride till intermission. The entire portion of the mother trying to prepare her son to be a superhero is hilarious. Aman’s antics are designed to attract kids and that formula is guaranteed to work. Tiger Shroff suits the title role perfectly and continues to have a strong screen presence. But this is his third film and the novelty of the acrobats and stunts is beginning to wear off. This film is a wake-up call for him to start focusing on his performances now.
Review by Rohit Vats on Hindustan Times
A Flying Jatt begins on a good note, picks up the pace, throws some light-hearted moments, and then faces the curse of the second half. It drags its feet from becoming the smart film just when it’s needed and goes for the all-explaining commentary. Without the spoon-feeding, it would have become a much more entertaining film.
Review by Jaidev Hemmady on Movietalkies
Tiger still has that slight awkwardness on camera, but because of his boy next door charm, he comes across as lovable and relatable. The lad is sheer magic to watch on the dance floor and in his fight sequences and his underdog character will remind you of Peter Parker. Jacqueline Fernandez, for reasons best known to her, talks in a squeaky voice throughout the film and her fringe haircut and nerdy glasses don’t really flatter her much. However, she does look like a million bucks in the Beat Pe Booty song. Kay Kay Menon is one of the most talented actors we have and it is sad to see him play such caricaturish roles when he can do much, much better. Nathan Jones has an immense screen presence, though he sounds funny when he talks in Hindi with an American twang. Amrita Singh has done a decent job, but it isGaurav Pandey as Aman’s brother, who comes across as a pleasant surprise. Pandey proves to be a decent actor in a supportive role and we wish to see more of him in the future, especially because of his comic timing.
Review by Shubhra Gupta on Indian Express
The second half goes south. The film starts getting preachy and heavy. A bad guy who fattens on pollution is a great stroke, but to keep belabouring the point is pointless. Except for a couple of effective scenes, the enormous Jones is a bore. And without the funny bits which kept the pre-interval parts afloat, the faults start glaring. The song-and-dances, bunged in just to show off Tiger’s limber moves, are a drag: Bollywood superheroes can save the world only after the ‘naach-gaana’ is over. Our Jatt Singh-Is-King-of-Kings superhero needs nothing but his ‘kada’: kryptonite is so last century. Nice touch. But he also needs a plot to help him fly all the way. This could have been such a rollicking film, especially for kids —it had all the ingredients, and an engaging start, fronted by a hero who is light on his feet. Too bad it ends up being a promo for Swachch Bharat.
Review by Rohit Bhatnagar on Deccan Chronicle
This reviewer wonders what Jacqueline was doing in this film. The so-called lead actress of the film is used more like a prop in it — and this is excluding her acting skills. Tiger flies so high as ‘A Flying Jatt’ that he disappears by the end of the movie. Of course, he steals the show with his dance moves and martial arts sequences, unfortunately that’s not enough to make him the saving grace of the movie. Amrita Singh is funny in bits and pieces as a loud Punjabi mother. Kay Kay is just about okay and Nathan is quite good in his monstrous avatar. There are so many flying cars in the action sequence of the films, you’d be forgiven for mistaking this to be a Rohit Shetty film. Shraddha Kapoor’s cameo is like a breath of fresh air, but her presence is obvious with this being a Remo movie.
A Flying Jatt Review by Indiaglitz
Tiger Shroff showed great improvement as an actor in his last film, out here he gets stuck to his typical facial expressions. The limitation as an actor is clearly visible in several key scenes of the movie.Jacqueline Fernandez has been criminally wasted in the film. Kay Kay Menon looked stale and repetitive. Nathan Jones hams to the fullest. ‘A Flying Jatt’ promises to be a fun-filled ride, but only for kids and for all others, it’s a turbulent journey due to its super length, tacky special effects and bad direction.
Review by Manisha Lakhe on Nowrunning
You do like the idea of the villain feeding off the pollution, and wish to put the odd grammar of the title ‘A Flying Jatt’ into the incinerator. You come away, wonder if there was going to be ‘A Swimming Jatt’, ‘A Diving Jatt’ in the future and are grateful that Jerry Siegel and Jerry Shuster did not call their character ‘A Superman’.
Review by Raghav Jaitly on Zeenews
Second-half of the movie loses its track but, somehow, gains the momentum back during the pre-climax scenes. Last 15 minutes of ‘A Flying Jatt’ are thrilling. Final face-off between the superhero and supervillain is high on entertainment value. Environmental concerns, religious sentiments, and social issues: the movie is dealing with a lot of stuff simultaneously. And, if you are a sikh, it will surely make you more proud. Remo D’Souza as a director has done a decent job with ‘A Flying Jatt’. Despite loose ends, the film highlights issues that can not be ignored.
Review by Srijana Mitra Das on The Times Of India
And there lies the trouble with A Flying Jatt – the full, stark shebang of a superhero versus super-dark powers never comes through. The villains remain cardboard cut-outs and the clash grows predictable. These thrills don’t chill. On the upside, for children, A Flying Jatt provides clean entertainment – with its innocence, it evokes more Haathi Mere Saathi and less cool-cat Krrish. The film takes off only because of its simplicity – a flying jatt who’s afraid of heights, a rarity in dark times of Udta Punjabs.
Review by meeta on Wogma
The first half treats the audience with some respect, allowing them to figure at least some stuff out by themselves. Post-interval it feels like the writers get the jitters and don’t want to leave anything to chance. They quite literally spell out every thing. Like the film’s metaphors for good and evil are clearly defined, to such an extent that they aren’t representations any more. In fact, it is stretch out a bit too far.
Review by Rajeev Masand on News18
Unfolding over a punishing 2 hours and 30 minutes, A Flying Jatt hammers you on the head with repeated sermons about the valour of the Sikh community, and bandies on about its anti-pollution/eco-friendly agenda. These are noble ideas but they’re conveyed with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. I was also particularly surprised by a mean-spirited joke directed at an actress who makes a one-scene cameo. How cruel, to someone who’s done you a favor! When all’s done and dusted, there’s little to recommend in A Flying Jatt. Remo D’souza fails to infuse the film with a consistent lightheartedness, and as a result the fun dries up too soon. Tiger Shroff is both agile in the action scenes and flexible in the dance numbers, but no if no but, this Jatt is stuck in a rut.
Review by Mayank Shekhar on Mid-Day India
And here I’m thinking in my head, this movie was such a smooth sail up until half-time. And then, suddenly, the clock seems to have struck 12, as it were. That dipping point occurs every so often, especially in Bollywood pictures. It’s sometimes called the ‘curse of the second half’: a perfectly sorted film starts floating away into nothing. In this case, several side-tracks, disjointed scenes and sub-plots, multiple flying and fight sequences, and what have you.
Review by Kunal Guha on Mumbai Mirror
Playing a superhero who mocks his kind, Tiger Shroff executes super bloopers with comic book sensibilities and the part is tailor-made for him. Donning a Clark Kent chashma, playing our super sardar’s love interest, Jacqueline’s giggly and flippant character seems to be an afterthought, fleshed out only to the extent of her twerking number “Beat Pe Booty”. In a rare appearance, Amrita Singh portrays a pitch-perfect feisty sardarni -natural enough to be an extension of the veteran actress. Kay Kay Menon hams it up like an overwritten Tim Burton reject, his plastic neckties do more than his synthetic grin in furnishing his evil avatar. Director Remo D’Souza, who quotes himself on an intergalactic canvas, with the far-from-prophetic words, `Everything has an alternative, except mother earth’, is on a noble mission. But repetitive gags, animated flashbacks and a misplaced sense of patriotism numb you to their impact.
Review by Manjusha Radhakrishnan on Gulfnews
Precious minutes are also wasted in showcasing Shroff’s dancing skills. Yes, we all know he’s a superb dancer and that director Remo D’Souza is also a choreographer. But was there a need to rub that in our faces? It’s believed that a superhero film is as good as its villain. Nathan Jones, the massive wrestling champion, channels his inner lion to play Raka, the bestial man who gains his strength from inhaling toxic waste. Yes, it’s a ridiculous premise. But his snarling and incessant roaring distracts us from seeking logic into a giant who eats garbage. Another grating factor in this film is Jacqueline Fernandez’s infantilisation. She squeals, giggles and does everything in between to appear cute. I am not a fan. Perhaps, this is all an attempt to appeal to the younger crowd. But the older ones might not feel the love.
Review by Ians on Sify
Technically, the film boasts of ace production values, but the spirit is diluted with poor craftsmanship. The effects are not at par with international standards and though the computer generated images mesh seamlessly into the live action, the finesse is missing. The songs are well choreographed and well picturised except for the “Beat pe booty”. This one seems forced and poorly mounted in a studio environment. Overall, the director seems to have lost the plot after the second act, as the narrative meanders making the entire comic affair agonising.
Review by Raja Sen on Rediff
The climax is painful and — as with all films that yearn to be really big films without having the budget — looks more and more pathetic. The film is riddled with issues from the start. Tiger is given far too many superpowers and we never quite understand their limitations but it is, for the most part, an amusing diversion with a leading man hard not to like. He might whimper too much, but I’ll take A Flying Jatt as a potentially decent franchise-starter even if the guy himself isn’t always in on the joke.
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