Drishyam 2 is a resumption of the first film where Mohanlal had buried the body under an under construction police station. Jeetu Joseph takes a long time in coming around to the climax of this sequel. It is not as taut as the first movie, which was a thriller par excellence.
The sequel ponders too much over minor events and sequences. The tight tension which was there in the first part was not evident in the sequel. It would have been better if Joseph had gone onto another unsolved crime and kept the Drishyam brand alive. By closing out the murder investigation, Joseph has effectively buried the brand though he can still play it along with more themes and more unsolved crimes. Which is what i feel he should do, i am sure there are so many live examples of unsolved murder mysteries from the police files. I would say the climax in this Drishyam 2 is disappointing to say the least.
Of the cast, everybody is in slow motion, Mohanlal looks a tired self of himself.
An Adam Dalgliesh thriller, P.D. James has given ample time to this narrative about the murder of an ex-Minister and a tramp in a church vestry. Apparently it looked like a murder cum suicide but Adam finds tell tale signs at the scene of the crime, which makes him believe it is likely a double murder. He has Paul Massingham and Kate Miskin in his team, first time that he has a female detective in his team. Adam is up against the minister’s mother Lady Ursula, a colourful personality in her younger days, but now crippled and Barbara Berowne the widow of the minister, a sinister and devilish kind of person. There are multiple sub plots with the minister himself having a dubious past, Barbara’s brother comes repeatedly into the house, the house itself is about to be sold off, whole lot of characters involved, any one of whom could be the murderer.
James takes a lot of time detailing every experience from the architecture of the place, to the background of the character, their past, the clothes they wear, their facial features etc. in each she dwells long paragraphs on it. Ultimately Adam gets around to a possible train of events that takes place on the day of the murder, but they get lucky when they find the coat button in the church money box. It is only when they finally land on that physical evidence that things start moving fast to a thrilling but unfortunate climax. Goodreads 4/5
Murder mystery set in Trivandrum, author writes in simple beautiful narrative and the story flows from situation to another. There is a murder of a renowned judge and there are suspects, among whom is the nephew and a prisoner who had vowed revenge against the judge when he was sent for incarceration. The inspector uses all his deductive powers to solve the mystery. Goodreads 5/5