Who would have thought that in 2022, a premise about God playing a game show in order to decide the respective human will live or die based on his good and bad deeds will somehow be entertaining enough? As twisted as the entire wondering might sound, the premise of Thank God and its trailer seemingly felt like a trainwreck. However, one is proved wrong and I love it when I am proved wrong. Having had the chance to see the film, here is what I though about it-
Keeping it Simple Yet Bananas
Director Indra Kumar's filmography has witnessed some glorious hits and some equally royal misses. Upon the first look, Thank God seemed to belong to the latter but 'thank god', it doesn't (see what I did there?) One of the things that the film does really well is managing to balance the simplicity of its message and core screenplay while also making sure it is conveyed with an idea that is bananas! It is an incredibly tough balance to crack but director Kumar does it quite well. The film might not leave you overwhelmed or wowed but definitely leaves you entertained and satisfied.
Hitting the Right Emotional Notes
Nothing sells and connects as well as core emotions do. Staying true to his style, director Kumar chooses to hit the viewer with multiple emotions throughout the film. I have to admit that the laughs are too far and too in-between and the annoying 'toing' sound in the background score also hinders but that is fortunately not fatal. From decent smiling moments to some full-blown emotional sequences and the re-work of 'Dil De Diya Hai' song from Masti is enough to leave you teary-eyed. Apart from being his signature self, one can see the flashes of old-school Sooraj Barjatya in the film and its execution as well.
One can easily see a mighty good improvement in Sidharth Malhotra post his stint in Shershaah, Especially with the emotional scenes, Malhotra does a terrific job but it is the comical scenes where he falters. Rakul Preet Singh doesn't have quite a lot to do but she does well with what is provided to her. It is, of course, Ajay Devgn, who takes the cake as one would have expected. The man looks suave, towering and even sexy as CG (Chitragupt) and his swagger and collected performance makes for a fun time. And of course, Nora Fatehi is also there doing what she does best!
One cannot ignore the fact that just upon the beginning of the second half and a few minutes, the film begins to loose its grip because the novelty of the black-ball-white-ball game show is now gone. However, a couple of twists in the end somehow manage to bring it back and reaches a crescendo that enables a moral compass that would be loved by families. With all the outlandishness that Thank God presents, it manages to make it plausible enough that it doesn't cross a line and still stay relevant. Also, kudos to the makers on choosing to keep the runtime just over two hours - it definitely helps and enables a smoother connection for the viewer with the film.
Of course, Thank God is in no way a perfect film but it doesn't need to be that too. Managing to exhibit fun time at the movies while being a roller coaster of emotions that asks your moral compass to be in check - is enough to give you your money's worth.
Rating - *** (3/5)