The multilingual-epic is epic in genre and emotional at its core. It draws inspiration from history and employs a great deal of imagination to weave plots and sketch characters. As a result, the film is a typical period piece with its ups and downs.
Marakkar Review: Story
The film is set in 16th century Malabar and tells the story of Kunjali Marakkar IV, the admiral of the Samoothiri fleet. With little information available about him in history, Priyadarshan creates his own Kunjali for the film Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea. Kunjali's story begins with a romance and ends in tragedy in Priyadarshan's imagination.
From then on, it's all about his valor. He is a genius, a savior, and a warrior, as are all epic heroes. He has a group of supporters and a group of adversaries. He has been cheated on more than one occasion.Mohanlal plays the mature Kunjali, who is as rough as the sea, while Pranav Mohanlal plays the charming young Kunjali.
Marakkar Review: Direction
Priyadarshan and Ani Sasi's script, which combines action and melodrama, borrows heavily from traditional drama. Long sequences and lofty dialogue heighten the drama. Priyadarshan's unrivaled visual sense is on display in Marakkar as well.
Marakkar Review: Cinematography & Editing
It's a visual treat thanks to Tirru's stunning cinematography, Sabu Cyril's revelry in production design, and Siddharth Priyadarshan's mastery in visual effects. The perfection one might expect from the veteran filmmaker, on the other hand, is occasionally lacking, particularly during stunts.
Marakkar explains a lot about Malabar's history in three hours, with the main plot involving Marakkar's fight against the Portuguese and a subplot involving a romance between his Chinese loyalist Chinali (Jay J Jakkrit) and Aarcha, a royal girl (Keerthy Suresh).
Marakkar Review: Star Cast Performance
The film does have a star-studded cast. Apart from Malayalam veterans such as Nedumudi Venu, Siddique, and Mukesh, Tamil stars Arjun and Prabhu, as well as Bollywood's Suniel Shetty, play important roles.
Mohanlal keeps his fans entertained with plenty of action and just the right amount of emotion. Arjun performs an impressive act, with the body language of a warrior and the mannerisms of a nobleman.
Aside from Keerthy Suresh, Manju Warrier plays an important role, and Suhasini and Kalyani Priyadarshan appear in a few scenes.
With five songs and a distinct background score, the film has an intriguing musical track. They sound, however, very different from Priyadarshan's earlier films. Marakkar is undoubtedly the biggest film by the Priyadarshan-Mohanlal team, but it is not their best.