How to judge a movie by its trailer?


The title: 

Just like one would in an exam paper, break down the question into parts. First the context- with the recent trend of making pro-Indian narrative historic biopics, I thought this was one of them. Then I though hmmm London, who or what happened there in 1920 of all years. Failing to get anywhere I proceeded to the next step.

Read the description: 

1920 London is the 3rd part in the 1920 franchise starring Sharman Joshi & Meera Chopra. Shivangi (Meera Chopra) and her husband, Veer Singh (Vishal Karwal), have everything going well for them in London until, Veer receives a gift from Rajasthan, India. Strange things begin to happen with him and Shivangi becomes increasingly worried as his physical, spiritual & mental condition spirals out of control. Convinced, it is black magic done on him , Shivangi decides to seek help of a spiritual healer & guru Jai (Sharman Joshi).How Jai exorcises to help the possessed man and protect his wife from evil who in turn discovers many shocking truths along the way, forms the rest of the story.

Okay, so I have until next month to figure out if this is some sort of biopic...
Just kidding, obviously it wasn't a bio anything! It was a sequel to the other 1920 movies that were shot a few years ago.

Watch the trailer 




for Actors

Boy-don't know
Girl- don't know
One more boy- oh Harman Joshi! Cute, maybe I will...

for Setting 

 

There is something curiously 20th century about the filming. The camera work, the house designs, even the palace and the way the 'maharajas' and 'maharani' dress back in Rajasthan remind me of the people in my mom's TV serials.

However the little elements that do hint to its 1920-ness are the cemetery from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this aunty and uncle who look straight out of the American Gothic painting by Thomas Hoving, occasionally, they have those old ford models, dark streets and head lights (very Arthur Conan Doyle), randomly the unknown main female lead is found toting a cloche hat.

for Plot


It's pretty much all there in the trailer. All you need to do is watch it fluidly to see what connects all the screaming, darkness, shock and the witch who keeps flying around and possessing statues and the male lead.

Judged: 
Three cheers for making the male lead so unimportant. Kidding, then they put a second male lead and out-did the number of women on the set. Meh. Politics aside.

Moves on to next trailer. 

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