The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen

The title of the movie pretty much sums up what the story is about. And Dhanush has done a splendid job. But is the journey extraordinary enough to hold your interest? Let's hear it from a teen!

By Vanshika Devuni Kalanidhi

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir: Exclusive Movie Review By A Teen

Review Rating: 2.5/5 stars

The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Movie Review

The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir is about the extraordinary journey of a fakir. The title says it all. Aja Lavash Patel is a poor Indian boy trying hard not to be poor. As a young boy, he performed street magic and got into trouble often. He goes to Paris with a passport and a fake €100. He falls asleep in a furniture store and becomes a hostage of an immigration scandal (I know that’s a reach. Bear with me.) He manages to sneak out in a big bag of luggage and arrives in Rome. He realizes his love for a woman Marie he meets in Paris. He is caught on international waters and meets old friends. What becomes of him now?

The lost plot

As I write down the plot, I realise how in a lot of ways the story went wrong. I know it’s supposed to be a little out-of-the-ordinary, but the plot has a million sub-plots that don’t serve any purpose. Also hard to keep up with. The plot points have little to do with each other. The fact that he does street magic does not come in handy in the second half, his love for interior designing has nothing to do with anything else, and his father (who’s supposed to be the motive for him going to Paris) is mentioned exactly once. The plot is too convoluted, and that’s the reason why most movies flop.

Marketing gimmick?

I also felt like there was too much IKEA product placement. They probably gave the movie a lot of money, but nobody thought it seemed natural.

Wrong move!

The lesbian jokes they made weren’t funny either. In 2019, you’d think a movie would be more sensitive about the LGBTQ+ community, but this movie makes unfunny offensive jokes about lesbians.

The critique

Just like most movies I watched recently, this movie does nothing to make me like the main characters. Aja was developed well, but Marie, his love interest, was not. She was super boring throughout the movie, and I was very indifferent about her.

An interesting message

One of the few good things about the movie would have to be the fact that they talk about refugees and how undocumented immigrants need to support their families, to escape a terrible living condition. I do believe that the immigration systems should be fixed. We need faster, easier ways to legally live wherever we want. After all, we make the world beautiful when we live together in harmony.

Another reason this movie is interesting is because they make an effort to make it funny. There were several jokes scattered in between, and that made it seem more like an actual movie rather than a boring documentary. According to me, the funniest scenes include the one where Aja talks to the police officer, Aja meeting Marie, and Mohini the cow being all over the place in some way or another.

What should we learn?

This movie also made important points about privilege, and how some people get more chances than others simply because they were born that way. This is very important in today’s world – for instance, news houses went crazy over the fire in Notre Dame, but nobody seemed to care about the military takeover in Sudan, or the humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Probably because the people involved in these crises are mostly African, black and Muslim. 

This movie is great for people who are trying to be more aware of the world and trying to improve being a good citizen. Despite a messy plot and some messy jokes, this movie is an okay watch. It’s not a must-see, but it’s also not the worst movie I’ve seen. Don’t take time out especially for this, though. It’s more of a Sunday-Netflix kind of a movie.

Takeaways from the The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir movie:

  1. Don’t blame karma. Life is dependent on your choices.
  2. Check your privilege, and be a better world citizen.
  3. Find beauty in your surroundings and make the best out of it what you have and where you are.
  4. Whatever you have, share it with the world.
  5. Sometimes, love is worth everything.

Watch The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir movie trailer

The Extraordinary Journey of The Fakir Cast:

Dhanush: Ajatashatru "Aja" Lavash Patel

Hearty Singh: Young Aja

Bérénice Bejo: Nelly Marnay

Erin Moriarty: Marie Rivière

Barkhad Abdi: Wiraj

Gérard Jugnot: Gustave Palourde

Ben Miller: Officer Smith

Abel Jafri: Captain Fik

Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse: Rose

Kay Greidanus: Pieter

Amrutha Sant: Siringh, Aja's mom

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The author is a writer/blogger who blogs at www.vanshikadevuni.blogspot.com

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