I was watching reviews from critics like Rajeev Masand and Sucharita Tyagi yesterday and their reactions to Luka Chuppi made me angry. I thought "why can't a movie just be a movie anymore, why does it always have to be a totally new or unique thing just to get a passing score?" I definitely felt like they were too harsh and so I decided to watch it ASAP and build my own opinion.
And in the end, I actyactu found myself agreeing with them a bit. This is a movie that, despite being generally fun and enjoyable for most of it's runtime, leaves you feeling that a lot of potential was wasted and more could have been done.
There is a case to be made about the movie choosing to focus on just a few things and keeping it simple, but it just becomes too little and so parts of the story feel stretched.
I found the first half to be good. The basics of the premise were set-up well and all the characters were introduced well enough. But once the second half starts it's mostly their attempts at getting married and many scenes feel way too padded, basically trying to stretch the runtime. That, coupled with an underwhelming ending takes the movie down.
I do not agree with those saying that Pankaj Tripathi and Aparshakti Khurrana were wasted. They were given fun characters and they did it well enough, but not every character they play has to be outstanding.
The worst thing about the movie is the music. 5 freaking remakes. I mean, itni kam creativity hai kya jo 1-2 bhi original gaane na bana paye? It got frustrating.
Acting wise, both leads have done well. The roles don't ask much from them and they handle whatever they are given. Their chemistry is good and this couple can be repeated a few more timed.
Overall I will give it 2.5/5. It's a one-time watch that could have been much better, but the strict focus on one aspect of the story and stretching of scenes has hurt the movie. I still think most of the audience will like it.