LGM: Let’s Get Married movie review (2023)
The much-anticipated foray of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni into film production had raised high hopes for his debut venture. However, those expectations were met with disappointment as “Let’s Get Married” (LGM) failed to deliver on its promising premise. The film, helmed by director Ramesh Tamilmani, falls short in both its writing and technical execution, leaving viewers puzzled about the shortcomings that marred the experience. While a few fleeting moments manage to pique interest, the majority of the film succumbs to awkward filler scenes, resulting in an overall lackluster production.
Ramesh Tamilmani wastes no time in introducing the audience to the main couple, Gautham (Harish Kalyan) and Meera (Ivana), who have been in a relationship for two years and are on the cusp of marriage. The plot takes a twist when Meera expresses reservations about living with Gautham’s mother (Nadiya) after their wedding. To address this, Meera proposes an idea: a family trip that includes Gautham’s mother, aiming to foster better understanding among them all. Gautham agrees and sets off on a journey with his family, but complications arise when Gautham’s mother discerns the true motive behind the trip.
What ensues is a sequence of events that unexpectedly pairs Meera and Gautham’s mother together. As they travel and experience new adventures, they undergo personal growth and self-discovery. The film’s core concept, of a girl seeking to connect with her future mother-in-law, has potential to be a strong foundation for a compelling script. Regrettably, the creators of LGM stretch this concept thin over a bloated two-and-a-half-hour runtime, peppered with forced humor and an artificial narrative. The story fails to provide the necessary room for the principal characters’ development, leaving their arcs largely untouched.
The unintentional comedic relief comes from a poorly executed CGI tiger encounter in the film’s climactic act. Another glaring issue is the inconsistent color palette and awkward camera angles that, at times, give the impression of watching an amateur short film. For a film centered around a transformative journey, both literal and metaphorical, the visuals should have immersed the audience into its world, enabling them to empathize with the characters. However, the excessive use of green screens exacerbates the disconnect.
On the upside, the cast, comprising Harish Kalyan, Ivana, and Nadiya, deliver commendable performances that manage to salvage certain sequences through their on-screen presence. Despite wearing the dual hat of director and music director, Tamilmani’s musical contributions fail to enhance the film’s impact. Yogi Babu injects moments of engagement with his sharp one-liners, occasionally even candidly remarking on the story’s lack of intrigue—a sentiment that resonates with the film as a whole. In essence, “Let’s Get Married” amounts to yet another run-of-the-mill romantic drama, leaving audiences with little to take away from the experience.
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