Liger Review: Predictable & Completely Loses Steam In The Second Half!

Liger, Vijay Deverakonda's latest film has turned out to be an utter disappointment due to its cringe worthiness & lack of an engaging plot. Check out our full Liger review for more information.

By Harkirpal Singh, Updated : Aug 25, 2022 11:13 IST
Liger Review: Predictable & Completely Loses Steam In The Second Half!
Liger movie review

Liger has been promoted as an action-sports film about an MMA fighter who has trouble speaking. The movie also shows the protagonist's love interest to add some romantic element, however, it has failed to justify both. Vijay Deverakonda's latest film was marketed as a Pan-India film despite being a typical Telugu movie. Looks like the movie will be 'panned' pan-India too! Check out our Liger review here to know more about the film. 

Liger Review: Story

The plot of the film is fairly thin. In order to learn MMA, Balamani (Ramya Krishna) and his son Liger (Vijay Deverakonda) relocate from Karimnagar to Mumbai. They quickly get a trainer, and Liger begins his training. Liger's goal in life is to compete in MMA. Liger's mother cautions him to avoid girls and avoid falling in love. What transpires after Liger falls in love with Tanya is the main plotline (Ananya Panday). The main premise of the film is Liger's transition from a National champion to an International one, as well as what happens after.

Liger Review: Star Cast Performances

Without a doubt, the main lead of Liger is Vijay Deverakonda. Although he has always been earnest in his acting, there was a sense of monotony. Despite its distinctive characteristics, Liger leaves one with this impression. Vijay Deverakonda portrays a character who stammers. It is a small change, but it gives the part a lot of new life.

There is a problem with it, but we'll get to that later. For Vijay Deverakonda, the two colors in Liger are his personality trait and his actions. If substantial chunks of the first half were dominated by stuttering, which aided the romance, the second half is dominated by action and stuttering.

If one were to evaluate the role strictly, Vijay Deverakonda's performance—outside of the stutter—brings nothing fresh to the table. Even in this case, Puri Jagannadh overdoes it in the second half. Every word is said literally, which is excessive and becomes a grating aspect. The identical issue might have arisen earlier as well. The situation, however, involves considerably more than just performance.

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The star's presence is there. Vijay Deverakonda has his first "larger-than-life" star turn in Liger. It is what Puri Jagannadh contributes and gives us a hint as to what VD might be capable of. Simply put, a better subject choice is necessary today to have a greater effect.

Even though she appears too young for the role, Ananya Pandey is perfectly suited for it. There is nothing more to it than the cheerful and charming rich girl act, which she carries off with ease. If she still manages to annoy or her part feels grating, it is probably because of the embarrassing scenes.

Liger Review: Direction & Other Aspects

Liger is directed by Puri Jagannadh. It's been more than three years since his previous film, which is a long time between projects for him. However, when considering Liger's size and environment, one believes a change in tone could be appropriate. For Liger, the story is shallow and predictable, like most mass masala movies. We are aware of the direction it is going in and the outcome. It is so foreseeable.

But first, an exciting scene is set by developing the Mumbai MMA sports scene. But it quickly gives place to a wholly expected love story. Similar tracks have been seen a lot before. An external garnish is a novel combination or a distinctive characterization. Everything that is left is as old as the hills.

The actual "MMA" sport is the more disappointing aspect of this. Puri falls short in thoroughly examining the background. A montage of music announces the conclusion of the training but many details are skipped over. The euphoria associated with the "sport" is completely absent in this situation.

Everything is hurried and flat. The routineness is maintained by the intermission bang. However, there is still fascination since one looks forward to the second half of the game and the hero's quest for victory. All the predictions are realized in the second half, however, they all occur within the first 30 minutes. It prompts reflection on the original purpose of the film.

Final Verdict

Without a doubt, Liger was a missed chance overall. And the actor for accepting and the director for the story should both bear full responsibility. The second half is intolerable, but the first half is at best passable. 

Our Rating- 1.5/5 

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