David Movie Review
Ratings:2/5 David Review By: Taran Adarsh Site: BollywoodHungama
DAVID, Bejoy's second outing, he introduces us to three Davids. Dwelling in three different places. In three different eras. But the characters aren't linked to each other, though these characters do connect towards the film's resolution. Given the genre of the film, one would expect DAVID to hurl a lot of shockers at you. Sadly, it doesn't. Sure, the tone of the sequences alters constantly, from passion to angst to apprehension to conflict to retribution to vindication, but the film fails to involve you completely. What comes across on screen is inconsistent. On the whole, DAVID is more style, less substance. A few moments do stand out, but they are few and far between. Coming from the director of SHAITAN, this one's a mega disappointment!
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Madhureeta Mukherjee Site: Times of India (TOI)
The film swiftly transitions between eras, dramatically changing in colour, content, emotion and drama. It suffers at story-level - the first half builds intrigue and enthusiasm, but turns blase soon after. The plot with David1 grips, David2 goes so deep to find purpose it loses us, and David3, even with interesting mix of characters leaves us in stupor. Yes, the Devil's in the detail. But maybe David needed more 'D' of 'Depth' in the story to make this more 'Delightful'.
Ratings:2.5/5 Review By: Sukanya Verma Site: Rediff
Bejoy Nambiar’s gorgeously packaged, well-acted but underwhelming David is like a split personality, racing on three different tracks exhibiting the skills and shortcomings of both these fellas. On one hand, it is incredibly grand in its ideas and challenges the traditional structure of storytelling. On the other its uneven, often dragging pace and frantically shifting moods, unable to hold fort. In terms of filmmaking, David is an uncompromised experiment and steers clear of comfort zones crediting its viewers' capability to join dots without excessive spoon-feeding, a practice that eludes mainstream Hindi cinema.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Saibal Chatterjee Site: NDTV
It is apparent from the outset that the unusual narrative triptych that constitutes David has inherent potential. It is another matter that it is, at best, only partially realized. Yet, in the end, writer-director Bejoy Nambiar delivers a film that he can be proud of, even more so than of Shaitaan Soaring, stylized, scruffy, scrappy and sharp by turns, David is never low on energy. It plays around with a wide range of emotions, from the extremely intense to the oddly comical, from the flightily romantic to the strictly familial. David has enough sinew to offset its share of flaws. Strongly recommended.
Ratings:2/5 Review By: Shubhra Gupta Site: Indian Express
'David' speaks of a new kind of Bollywood which doesn't want to be slavish to stars or formulae. But it also speaks of a filmmaking which isn't quite as accomplished as it would like to be, or should be. It points to the presence of craft, sure, but craft which should be paying much more attention to the crucial elements of centrality and coherence. 'David' coasts on a few startlingly sharp scenes and zippy musical interludes, but doesn't add up to the sum of its zanier parts.
Ratings:4.5/5 Review By: Subhash K Jha Site: DNA
David is a world shot in a deep-focus darkness lit up at the edges by a sense of joie de vivre that the characters preserve even when their soul is under siege. Nambiar bleeds brilliancy into the film. This is a rugged pulsating parable of passion and redemption shot in three time zones unified by the theme of love’s loss and the soul redeemed. David is many things at the same time. Finally though, it is a magnificent morality tale that tells us it is trendy to be bad, but being good is timeless.
Ratings:4/5 Review By: Gayatri Shankar Site: Zee News
Bejoy Nambiar, who made his inroads to Hindi cinema with ‘Shaitaan’, which garnered rave reviews, has now come up with a visually thrilling piece of art- ‘David’.The film successfully keeps you wondering about what will unfold next, for A Sreekar Prasad, the man with those sharp magical scissors has done a commendable job. The film looks neat, crisp and intriguing. And the climax holds a surprise. Nambair, is perhaps one of those young filmmakers in the country, who believes in delivering something hatke. And with his second Hindi movie ‘David’, the talented filmmaker only promises to bring forth more such creative works on celluloid. Don’t give this film a miss. So do grab your ticket at the earliest and treat yourself with something that’s never seen before.
Ratings:3/5 Review By: Sanjeev Kumar Site: Movie Plus
David opens to grip your senses but takes entire first half to establish the lead characters. It is in the first half that you feel the need of speed despite the presence of action scenes. Second half moves swiftly, but you can't ignore the length that proves to be demanding on your senses. However, climax holds a convincing surprise that makes you think.
Performance wise, Neil Nitin Mukesh wins hands down. Without having very less words to himself, Neil nails the character. Be it expressing his emotional tension or his suppressed passion for Monica Dogra, the man gets it all right. Monica on the other hand looks impressive in emotional scenes, though she has to do away with that accent. Vikram's comic timing is great and he his chemistry with Tabu is commendable. However, his character could have been deeper. His track leaves you wanting more. Tabu is awesome as the notorious owner of 'Frenny's Massage Parlour'.
Last but not the least, Vinay Virmani looks fresh. Growth of his character from a carefree son to a responsible one is well expressed by him. Isha Sharvani looks beautiful and acts decently, but we wish she got some more screen presence.