The much-anticipated Malayalam-language film Lucifer has finally hit the big screens today (March 28). This film starring Mohanlal aka Lalettan in the lead, marks Prithviraj Sukumaran’s directorial debut. Lalettan who essays the role of Stephen Nedumpally has won the audiences hearts with his massy appearance in this film which is set against a political backdrop. Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi has also made his Mollywood debut with Lucifer. But has this film really appealed the critics? Checkout what the critics have to say about Mohanlal’s Lucifer. Lucifer Movie Review: Prithviraj Sukumaran’s Directorial Debut Is A Cliched But Stylishly Shot Fanboy Tribute to Mohanlal’s Mass Persona.
Zoom TV – 2 stars
The trailer of Mohanlal’s Lucifer gave so much hope that we’ll get to watch something exciting and thrilling on the big screen. The film fails to live up to its name and the intrigue it created with the trailer. Mohanlal’s character is the most overrated one and there is also nothing much revealed about his character. In fact, his character hasn’t been layered properly and it just leaves with a lot of questions about his existence.
Filmi Beat – 3.5 stars
The storyline isn’t extraordinary or out of the box but Lucifer’s screenplay has those moments that are necessary for a mass entertainer. The characterisations are also neat. However, the script does fall into a clichéd angle somewhere towards the end but the smart turn works the punch.
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The script doesn’t take the time to establish anything and Prithviraj depends heavily on stylized shots and loud, intruding background music (Deepak Dev) to make up for the lack of storytelling skills. Or he falls back on cliches – if you have to establish the luxurious surroundings of the chief villain, include a shot of a random woman in a bikini. Most disappointingly, he also includes an elaborate “item” number in his first directorial, contrary to his promise made a couple of years ago that he would avoid misogynistic representations of women in his films.
Watch the trailer of Lucifer here: