Akshay Kumar balances comedy with action brilliantly in Jolly LLB 2.
Jolly LLB 2 movie review: Similar to the first Jolly LLB with Arshad Warsi, Akshay Kumar’s Jagdishwar Mishra is a bumbling, money-minded lawyer. The first part of the film is comedic with Jolly’s drunk wife (Huma Qureshi) and the scathing comments of advocate Mathur (Annu Kapoor). Things take a darker turn after Jolly takes up a murder case and puts it all on the line to bring the culprit to justice.
Verdict: 90% Paisa vasool. Book your tickets and treat yourself this weekend.
Highs: Akshay Kumar’s comedic timing, previously seen in Hera Pheri and even brain-dead films like Housefull, is brilliant. The versatility of the actor will also leave you at the edge of your seat during tense scenes. Saurabh Shukla reprising his role as Justice Tripathi gives you brilliant nostalgia and in Annu Kapoor’s cutthroat lawyer, every working person sees that one colleague in their office who just doesn’t take a break from undercutting others. Moreover, even though Akshay is one of Bollywood’s biggest stars, the side characters have enough time to shine.
In a time when audience is becoming more socially aware and active in getting justice, this movie will strike a chord at the heart of anyone who read a paper, saw justice being denied and shrugged – because what else can you do? Well, Akshay answers this question in the movie quite brilliantly and you will love it.
Lows: The original Jolly LLB was an out and out comedy, so when Arshad Warsi gave his powerful speech in the end, it caught you by surprise, then broke, bled and entirely pulverized your heart. With the sequel, we were cued into its darker feel right from the trailer, so we’re already expecting Akshay to get all teary-eyed and noble.
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Also, to some extent, you’ve seen Akshay as a funny man and action man. One has to wonder if this act is starting to get old. A point may come in the future when all of Akshay’s films start to seem the same.