Anjali Menon gracefully intertwines simple messages of the importance of family, love and life in her latest movie, Koode. A must watch!
Although it’s been a while since I’ve written any movie reviews, my love for Malayalam movies hasn’t died down. The latest talk of the town, Koode, finally released in the UAE and I had the chance to watch it! Naturally, I was more than keen to see Nazriya Fahadh back in action alongside Prithviraj and Parvathy.
With as few spoilers as possible, take a look at my thoughts on Koode and why I believe that its a beautiful watch 🙂
The movie begins easily with the introduction of Prithviraj in what seems to be an ordinary character. No mass scenes or heroism for Joshua (Prithviraj), who acts perfectly as the youngster who grew up too fast and has a troubled upbringing. Parvathy (Sophie) and Nazriya (Jenny) are introduced a little while later into the movie, and from there, the focus of the movie takes you to the relationship between Joshua and his younger sister, Jenny. From there we view the brother-sister connection that blossoms between Jenny and Joshua, and tugs at the heart. From light-hearted scenes that we can relate to at home, to familial emotions, Koode is a touching watch throughout the movie. Anjali Menon creates the right subtlety for each incident, with more than several scenes needing no words to bring out your emotions.
Every character was perfectly chosen for each role. With Sophie being the strong-minded, yet lonely and hesitant-to-love individual – who else better to do that than Parvathy? – to Joshua (Prithviraj) being the all-too-serious and brooding adult, to Nazriya acting as the lively and endearing younger sister, Jenny. There are some actors that you have to find to fit a role, and there are some characters that are written for actors or actresses; it feels like in Koode it’s the latter, particularly with Jenny. Even the supporting actors, such as Parvathi T (mother of Joshua and Jenny) and Roshan Mathew (college mate of Jenny) do their parts to bring together the movie.
Prithviraj in particular acts as a humble and anxious adult – often times your heart really does go out to him. With this I should also point out that the chemistry between Prithviraj and Nazriya was off the charts; one would honestly believe that they’re actually brother and sister! Their affection in the movie is unmatchable – no one else could have done the roles better.
Background Score & Music: 4/5
I still have some of the songs in my head. To be honest, before I watched the movie the songs had passed by my YouTube feed and I’d listen to it every now and again. It seems as though once you know the story of Joshua, Jenny and Sophie, the songs have more meaning and therefore you actually want to listen to them. Check out the audio jukebox below! I loved the songs. I also found the background score to be quite apt throughout the movie – there wasn’t any unnecessary dramatic score or anything of the sort.
The cinematography in the movie is really beautiful! Throughout the movie you’re transported into Joshua’s life and the view of his life through his eyes; from emotional scenes to the journey he takes with Jenny. No further words on this 🙂
Final Rating: 4.5/5
Although Koode feels like a lengthy movie at 2 hours & 35 minutes, there is no doubt that anyone watching it does so for the beauty of the brother-sister relationship between Joshua and Jenny.
Koode is a must watch as it’s such a different concept from the typical rom-coms, mass entertainers and dramas that we see in our everyday releases. It has lovely messages that we all preach but don’t actually practice – so hats off to Anjali Menon and the entire team/cast to bring together such an emotionally rewarding movie. It’s one of the movies that will honestly stay with me and I’ll probably watch it again sometime soon 🙂