Barfi is a good movie. It is a refreshing concept, and is worth a watch. It will stay in history as a great attempt. But what surprises me is this - with a good concept in hand, and with such talented lead and supporting actors, why did the movie feel content with just being good! Let me try listing what I didn't like about the movie:
- There is nothing Chaplinesque about Barfi's character except for his histrionics. It is not a 'smiling through pain' character, though his first love "Shruthi" tells us so.
- There is not enough substance in the first half.
- The multiple flashbacks start intervening with the story-telling. I didn't understand why the flashbacks were required.
- The second half seems dragged towards the end.