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: The film is about a planter peacefully settled with his family and his chance encounter with a couple who ran away from their
: There is a glossiness about Mammootty in Praise the Lord. He plays a well-off Christian landlord. His garbs switch between shiny silk shirts, coloured ones and neatly pressed dhotis. His face is polished to a rosy-tinted glow that never fades. All these serve vainly to mask a dull, faded narrative, wherein an innocent rich man, Joy, marvels at a love-stricken couple who seek refuge in his home from their parents.
The film, an adaptation of novel written by Paul Zacharia, is drained of all the juicy humour and subtle wit that marked the novel. If the book is replete with thoughtful yet tickling anecdotes like how the protagonist, a planter, cut off one of his rubber trees since a couple was found hanging from it, the film makes a prosaic depiction of such sequences, failing to discover any humour in it.
The couple appears like skewed caricatures, like the young man who plays a fervent Christian devout frequently chattering psalms and
gospels with a monotony that quells the very essence of his character. Reenu Mathews, who portrays Joy's wife, appears off guard most often, making herself so apparent in her efforts to render dialogues and to do anything more.
Mammootty's efforts go wasted in a narrative that lacks flow and searches for rhythm. At times he looks tired, doing acts he would have
done countless times before. The blissful comic strain that made Praise the Lord a pleasurable read is badly missing in the film, its
narrative over-populated with scenes and sequences and actors seldom being just to the lovable characters on the book.
The film revolves around the life of Joy(Mammootty) who has a huge inheritance passed over generations in the form of rubber plantations. Joy leads a lazy and relaxed life as he needs to do <br/>nothing to earn. He sits on his leaning chair in the verandah everyday and reads the newspaper, first to last page.Everything takes care of itself. Despite having so much money, Joy is a miser <br/>who still uses a vintage car as he says it still runs. He wishes to pass on his inheritance to multiple generations of his family down the line. Reenu Matthews who plays his wife is the always <br/>cheerful wife attending to her husband with great devotion. The two of them lead a happy and content family life with their two children.<br/>Sunny played by Mukesh brings a twist in their life when he brings home a valentine couple who are absconding from their parents.<br/>Joy who has not experienced romance before and had to settle for an arranged marriage has never seen a valentine couple except in movies. With his curiosity stimulated and to help his friend Sunny<br/>he decides to accomodate the couple in his house till the problems are solved. What it turns out to be is that the couple is one of the most eccentric couples who are here for an unmarried<br/>adventurous life. The rest of the movie is about the experience of Joy and his family and the outloook of Joy on his life which changes due to this couple.<br/>With very natural performances from all actors and laced with light humour all along, the movie is a laid back journey into Joy's life.<br/>Screenplay is very good ensuring one never feels bored although the story is excessively simple. Music is light with a couple of melodious songs.<br/>A movie to sit back, relax and watch.