What is bad:
Sukumar’s latest version of ‘Arya-2’ differs a lot from ‘Arya’; so much that it’s hard to instantly fall in love with this character who behaves sometimes like a psycho and at times totally confused. The film is too long and hence there are too many dialogues especially for Allu Arjun which often tend to beat around the bush. Geetha, in this film is a suave, smart and an extremely confident lady. However, she never becomes a part of any of the conversations between Arya and Ajay. The transition of Geetha’s feelings towards Arya could have been portrayed in a better way. Another problem with the film is its flow and narration. Every individual scene is stunningly shot, however the story narration has its share of ups and downs. The climax of the film is too melodramatic and it could have been kept short.
Cinematography by Rajasekhar is fabulous. The montage shots in ‘Mr.Perfect’, ‘My Love Is Gone’ songs are brilliant. His work with the camera is the primary reason why this film looks so stylish. Art Direction by Chinna is amazing and he does both the Urban and rural set up with great care. Devi Sri Prasad’s music is excellent, especially the background score. All the songs of the film are placed well and they all ensure a visual treat. Dialogues are good and at times hilarious. Choreography in all the songs is brilliant. Editing by Marthand.K.Venkatesh could have been better. Lyrics of the songs are good and interestingly the lyrics of ‘Ringa Ringa’ have been altered. Production values of the film are lavish. Sukumar’s direction is good and he makes sure there’s a shock element in most of the scenes. The twists in the story come at the right places and most of them are well handled.
One reason why the earlier film ‘Arya’ was an instant success was because of its simplicity. Moreover, Arya was a vulnerable guy who just wanted his love to be reciprocated. However, in Arya-2 a lot of things have changed. Now, Arya is not only greedy, but also will sacrifice anything if his friend wants the same. This unconventional behavior rubs on to the audience and in the end it’s difficult to empathize or sympathize with him. The film has its share of brilliance, especially the scenes between Brahmanandam and his team, conversations between Allu Arjun and Navdeep and the entire episode involving Ajay. The film is all about style. ‘Arya-2’ is the kind of film which you will either dazzle you or bore you to death, there’s no middle way. Either way we end up hallucinating under its influence!