I've never been a fan of Gautham Menon's films - they're not my style. Minnale, Kaaka Kaaka, and Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu were OK, but not memorable.
I watched Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya today.
This is what I wrote somewhere else about the film -
I've watched slow films, yes, and Trisha's character made sense to me because I know girls like that, but... The film lacked something. Real life is much more interesting than that, and real love is way too wonderful. Just some ARR songs and some colorful locations, just "I'm in love with you" and "I'm crazy about you", some steamy kisses and hugs... Whaaa, man, there's much more to love than that (and I know what love's like - I've been there). There was nothing in the film till the end. Even little things can be made into films, I know, but this one... I don't know, their love didn't make me ecstatic, and their separation didn't make me sad. Nothing REACHED me. The mild humor which ran through the whole film was what helped me survive the film, I think. I'm not sure you'd have called the film great if there was no ARR, or no beautiful locations, or no Gautam Menon.
True, the film was stylishly made. The lead characters played their roles well. The cinematography was way too cool. The cameraman friend of our hero - he was AWESOME. But where's the story? Where's the love?
There could have been more scenes with the lead characters, there could have been more love, a stronger foundation to what the characters called "love". What, he sees her pretty face (and very pretty she was too, in this film), and her cute back, and he just tells her, "I'm crazy about you"?
Repetitive dialogues - Gautham, do you see love in only one dimension? Maybe you need a change of perspective. If there's one more, "I'm in love with you," in your next film, it's definitely going to be too much of the same thing.
My friend who was sitting next to me, said, "Hey, feels like I'm watching Vaaranam Aayiram a second time!"