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Times of India
The film is about the life of a fifth standard student who grows up as a brat and his eventual transformation after encountering a magic pen. Philips and the Monkey Pen has the air of a fable- one that bubbles with flourishes of fantasy, each one added with a profound purpose to enlighten. The charm of classic fables lies in their innocence, the cleverness with which such tales achieve this objective of enlightenment. It is almost done unwittingly, just like a soft feather that comes to rest on our hands and the effect is magical.
Philips and the Monkey Pen
is about a bad boy becoming good and every single act of this boy seems like a sermon thrust into elders' psyche. His actions are driven and prompted by a cryptic antique piece called the monkey pen. The pen has an eloquent history about its wondrous effects. Ryan Philips, the spoilt single child of a young couple loathes Maths and his teacher. His grandfather gifts him a monkey pen and soon Ryan scripts wonders.
He does homework regularly, leads noble endeavours at school, guides others how to respect teachers. The script has a definite earnestness out of which emerge evocative sequences like a teacher asking his students to celebrate failures or a sullen grandfather breaking into tears like a baby.
While soaking the narrative with such tenderness, the directors sometimes labour a bit too hard. Roy (Jayasurya) slices a watermelon, feeds his kid and then explains how it tastes the same even while being called in different names so that his kid would understand there is only one god and he carries so many names. Certain one-liners are repeated like a mathematical formulae being written prior to solving problems so that the dialogues stay in minds. Sample this - Truth is never bitter and it tastes bitter only because lies are overly sweet.
The narrative primarily dabbles with a fifth standard student and the colour is added by framing romance and even action sequences which end up in blood dripping from a student's butt, ploys that never go well with what is intended. The actors including master Sanoop, Vijay Babu chip in with engaging performances despite being undone by a set of silly-looking sequences.
Godly figures emerging as counsels for troubled characters make sense only when they are used with a sense of depth and coherence, a fact that is missing in this film.