Ludo movie Review:
Rating: 3.0 stars/5
Our overall rating is not an average of the sub scores below
Ludo explores the idea of how our lives form a skein of action and reaction, often a random act defining our course. Keeping with the Ludo metaphor, all characters signify the four colors of the game with Pankaj’s character playing the dice or the catalyst.
Ludo has some moments that sparkle, some that are edgy, quirky, and stay with you, but it also has some indulgent ones and some that seem pointless and unconvincing.
The ensemble cast delivers some credible performances – Pankaj Tripathi is reliably good and it’s obvious he enjoyed playing the badass criminal to the hilt.
Rajkummar Rao’s Mithun fan avatar is a hoot and he brings an endearing touch to it without getting hammy. Abhishek Bachchan makes an impact as Bittu.
Fatima Sana Shaikh as the part docile, part trigger happy Pinky, is a revelation. Sanya Malhotra and Aditya Roy Kapoor hold their own well with some cutesy moments in their romance. Rohit Saraf with minimal dialogues but an interesting track stands out. And Pearle Maney leaves quite an impression.
For a film that gets so much right, the only jarring note is the title itself. ‘Life is Ludo and Ludo is life,’ the film’s director tells us at the beginning, as he plays the game while wearing a chihuahua of a fake beard. For a game that was at best a ‘timepass’ during the dreary lockdown, that level of commitment is indeed commendable.
The physical comedy and broad humor are very much a part of Ludo’s landscape. It all ends in a bonkers climax where everyone ends up at the same place and the bullets fly.
Watch Or Not??
It is a must-watch movie.
Watch this one for the noteworthy performances and its interesting mix of morally ambiguous characters.
Ultimately ‘Ludo’ tries to make a larger point about not judging anyone for the choices they make.
This is the kind of film where you are meant to expect the unexpected, bizarre twists segueing into crazy turns.