Not Even Ordinary
U/A, 2h 37m
What Is the Film About?
Extra Ordinary Man lacks a coherent story or one that is poorly conveyed on screen. Assuming, it revolves around Abhi (Nithiin), a junior artist with ambitions, who confronts a prominent figure in a filmy scripted scenario and takes him down. The reasons behind his actions and his actual identity shape the core of the story.
Nithiin’s performance appears completely different in the two halves of the film. In the first half, he totally owns the character with ease and energy. However, in the second half, his acting feels as if we’re watching him in a different movie. Overall, ‘Extra Ordinary Man’ doesn’t contribute much for him, neither as an actor nor as a film that could generate goodwill.
Leaving aside Sreeleela’s performance, only she could explain why she signed on for this film. She appears in random scenes and songs, only to disappear afterward. There isn’t a single positive aspect about her role or acting in the film.
Writer-turned-director Vakkantham Vamsi directs his second film after ‘Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India.’ This time, he opted for an outright comedy script meant to deliver humor in every scene, regardless of how over-the-top or loud it may be.
The film begins with an action chase, which seems alright, but what follows quickly establishes a fun mood. Establishing the hero’s character, family backdrop, junior artist background, etc., no matter how farcical, generate fun. Nithiin’s ease and energy also contribute to this vibe. Despite this format not being particularly new and having been tested in other successful films recently, it manages to work to some extent.
Once the villain track is introduced, a long action block involving comedian Prudhvi and a sentimental song, everything added to dilute the over-the-top fun vibe that was set. Despite not much happening in the first half in terms of the story or character development, although some comedy worked, some elements felt forced. However, it still makes up for a passable watch so far.
The second half begins with some confusing comedy, hinting at what’s to come, and this continues until the climax. However, it worsens progressively toward the end. In one scene, a dialogue questions, “Mana climax kosam andarikanna eduru choosedevaro telusa?” At this stage, there’s no confusion; instead, the audience just wants the film to conclude. The entire second half becomes exhausting as every character trying hard for comedy.
It’s really strange that a solid writer like Vakkantham Vamsi couldn’t even see how some key characters are not even half-baked. Few characters that contributed to the comedy in the first half, like Rao Ramesh and Rohini, return only in the climax to remind us they are still part of the film. However, the comedy written for them upon their return adds to the pain.
The way the director wrote Sreeleela’s character seems like a joke; we only get reminded of the heroine when she appears in songs in the second half. The villain role played by Sudev Nair tests patience in every scene.
Vakkantham failed to develop the lead character, which was intended to appear unique from start to end. His writing works in parts, but the ideas he has seemed to have remained on paper.
Overall, ‘Extra Ordinary Man’ offers an over-the-top comedy in the first half but falls flat with a clueless and patience-testing second half.
Performances by Others Actors
Extra-Ordinary Man has a truckload of character artists, but among them all, Rao Ramesh stands out, even though the character is over the top. Rohini, as the mother, is neat as always. The rest of them do their job and go. Including senior hero Dr. Rajasekhar, who makes no impact with the way their characters have been written and presented.
Music and Other Departments?
Harris Jayaraj composed the music. Firstly, the songs he delivered didn’t benefit the film. Furthermore, the background score he provided only ruins it.
The cinematography, handled by multiple individuals (Arthur A. Wilson ISC, Yuvraj J, Sai Sriram), resembles a dish with too many chefs, resulting in visuals that appear outdated and fall short of current standards. Editing by Prawin Pudi is very patchy.
The production values from Sreshth Movies LLP aren’t impressive; the film lacks appeal, presenting a dated and low-budget project from start to finish.
Comedy in the first half
Clueless Second half
Songs and BGM
Did I Enjoy It?
Will You Recommend It?
Extra Ordinary Man Movie Review by M9
Apart from the comedy in first half, Extra Ordinary Man suffers from clueless characters and exhausting comedy in second half. No luck for Vakkantham Vamsi as a director once again! An ‘Extra’ film without a script.
First Half Report:
Extra Ordinary Man first half is fun, with a few blocks being hilarious, although some might seem forced. Fun vibe gets diluted before the interval, but Nithiin looking completely at ease.
— ‘Extra Ordinary Man’ started with an action chase, followed by a hilarious comedy block. stay tuned for first half report.
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Extra Ordinary Man stands as a critical film for all major players involved, from hero Nithiin and director Vakkantham Vamsi to an extent for Sreeleela. Her last film vanished without a trace. The promising trailer sparks hope, suggesting the team might surprise everyone. Let’see.
Cast: Nithiin, Sreeleela, Dr. Rajasekhar, Sudhev Nair, Rao Ramesh, Rohini, Sampath Raj, Brahmaji
Written & Directed by: Vakkantham Vamsi
Producers: N. Sudhakar Reddy, Nikitha Reddy
Banner: Sreshth Movies LLP
Music: Harris Jayaraj
Cinematography: Arthur A. Wilson ISC, Yuvraj J, Sai Sriram
Editor: Prawin Pudi
U.S. Distributors: Shloka Entertainments and Charisma Dreams Entertainment.
Live tracking Hourly Gross at 9 PM EST: $31,825