“Leo” opens in the picturesque setting of Kashmir and immediately sets a tone of predictability, where the average viewer can easily anticipate the course of Parthu’s family life. The initial stages of the film follow a conventional trajectory, but things take an intriguing turn when Parthu faces an attack. Unfortunately, the interval twist in the story, as noted by the reviewer, is somewhat underwhelming and, regrettably, foreseeable.
The second half of the film offers a racy screenplay and introduces a sense of confusion between the characters Parthu and Leona, which, although intriguing, has been seen in many later films. Nevertheless, “Leo” manages to captivate its audience by incorporating some touching moments and unique elements, which add to the overall experience. Vijay’s commendable performance in both of his roles stands out, despite occasional lapses in facial expressions. His portrayal of Parthu, in particular, is noteworthy. Trisha’s role, though brief, is skillfully executed, and the film leans heavily on the performances of Sanjay Dutt and action king Arjun, who form the backbone of the story. The supporting cast, including Gautham Vasudev Menon, Priya Anand, and others, also deliver strong performances.
Director Lokesh Kanagaraj takes a conventional storyline and infuses it with his unique treatment, providing the audience with a sense of watching a different movie. While the narrative remains somewhat conventional, the film manages to engage and entertain viewers with its well-executed twists and turns.
From a technical perspective, “Leo” stands out with its solid cinematography by Manoj Paramahamsa. Anirudh Ravichandran’s background music, known for creating havoc, is surprisingly subdued in this film, and the songs do not play a significant role in the overall experience.
In conclusion, “Leo” is a film that warrants a viewing, especially for fans of the lead actor, Vijay, and those who appreciate a unique twist in storytelling. While it may follow a predictable path in many aspects, it succeeds in delivering an engaging and pleasing cinematic experience.