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THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR - A positive but average fairy tale account of a journey with nothing exciting or extraordinary. (Review by Bobby Sing)

23 Jun, 2019 | Movie Reviews / 2019 Releases

Directed by Ken Scott, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir is a English-language, light-hearted adventure movie starring Dhanush, as his first international project releasing in the major parts of the globe.
Based on the French bestseller novel titled The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir Who Got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe by Romain Puertolas (also the co-writer of the film), it has been shot at various international locations but begins as well as ends in India without making any extraordinary impact on the viewers.
It’s actually the story of a Rajasthani villager who somehow manages to travel through France, UK, Italy, Spain and more experiencing love meeting an American girl and other characters too during his journey. The narration as well as the lead performer Dhanush, take some time to convince due to an unfamiliar kind of setting and language, but then they together manage do a decent job without excelling in anything in terms of content.
The film begins with Dhanush narrating his personal story to some kids and one starts expecting as if something distinctive will happen in the next hour or so. But sadly it neither offers anything extremely fresh nor exceptional as per the concept with more or less predictable and seen before story progression. At times the direction also follows a too convenient and over the top path crossing the limits with sequences of even British police officers getting into singing and dancing.
Overall, it’s a quite artificial, decorative and unexciting film that at least remains positive and doesn’t bore you. Thankfully it has an impressive Dhanush getting into the skin of his unusual character. But while watching the end credits, one does tend to think that why was the team so keen in making this international project and why they decided to call it ‘An Extraordinary Journey’ when it clearly had ‘nothing seriously surprising’ or beyond the ordinary for the viewers.
Rating : 2.5 / 5 

Tags : THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF THE FAKIR Review by Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, New English Films Reviews by Bobby Sing, English Films made in India, Indian English Films
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