Good Luck Jerry
Onto the next review of the weekend and I finished watching the new Hindi film Good Luck Jerry. This film is an official adaptation of the original Tamil film Kolamaavu Kokila which I had happened to watch and review this week. In case you haven’t read its review then please check it out on Popcorn Reviewss. In that review I had mentioned how skeptical I was about this adaptation specifically because it was laced with dark comedy and something which even a frame by frame remake wouldn’t guarantee its success. However, I was hopeful considering the cast involved. So with that sentiment, I decided to give Good Luck Jerry a go, is it worth your time…stay tuned.
Story & Screenplay
An official adaptation of the original Tamil film Kolamaavu Kokila, Good Luck Jerry follows the story of a girl who gets involved with drug peddlers while trying to arrange money for the treatment of her mother. We all know that the story is good but I was more interested in the screenplay and this is where things get interesting. Standing at just under 2 hours the screenplay is crisp and the extra flab which was slightly prevalent in original film has been cut out.
What I instantly liked at the very beginning of the drama was that the writers played to their strengths and did not venture into a disjointed approach which was expertly done in the original. Instead a more linear approach is maintained although the basic plot points are the same. But where the film really struggles and something which I was skeptical about was the dark humour. The humour here works only in parts but generally speaking, it falls flat.
There are two ways to look at the screenplay – one may enjoy the twists and turns in the drama if they haven’t watched the original. But for those who have, the drama is predictable and drab majorly as the humour is missing. But to give credit where due, the climax here is really good and way better than the original, something that other remakes were guilty of. So overall, a decent screenplay laced with unfunny humour.
Dialogues, Music & Direction
The main culprit here is the unfunny and un-imaginary dialogues which fail to create an impact. At various points I felt that the writers tried to take an easy route by literally translating the dialogues from the original. And that just diluted the impact to a point of no return. The music is decent as is the BGM, just about adequate. Director Siddharth Sengupta misses the mark here. The humour is off, even the comic timing of certain actors is way off, making this an average affair.
The performances are decent. Veterans like Sushant Singh, Neeraj Sood and Saurabh Sachdeva are literally wasted and their performances although good leave very little impact due to their characterization. Jaswant Singh Dalal as Timmy is pretty good. Sahil Mehta is fairly good as well. Mita Vashisht as Sharbati is outstanding and really holds her own in many sequences. Deepak Dobriyal is brilliant and probably the only actor who got the comic timing spot on. Some of the most hilarious scenes feature him at the forefront. Janhvi Kapoor as Jerry is sincere but she should work on her diction which is not clear. She is talented but a little more polishing would work wonders for her.
Good Luck Jerry is an unfunny adaptation of the original which doesn’t quite leave a mark. Available on Hotstar.