April 8th, 2021

Joji

Director Dileesh Pothan has been raising his bar always in his movies. After Maheshinte Prathikaaram and Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum, here comes Joji, which is yet another brilliant viewing experience.

Joji starts with showing a courier delivery man traversing the winding pathways through lush greenery and plantations of a Kerala village (somewhere in Kottayam district?). He is going to deliver an online order, which is going to play a vital role in the film later. The wealthy Panachel family in the village is dominated by the aging but still physically and mentally powerful Kuttapan, whom everyone in the family are afraid of. The film shows various incidents happening in the family over next few weeks.

Be it the natural flow of the narration, crisp dialogues, outstanding performances and the way everything is brilliantly captured in the camera, Joji reaches the level of a masterpiece. I think the movie would demand multiple viewings, as it never goes into a linear explanatory mode when describing its characters, and throws some hints here and there. So, a second viewing would help to absorb all the nuances in the characterizations and watch it from a new perspective.