There's an easy way to describe Don2 without any spoilers. Think of great action flicks from the Lethal Weapon, Die Hard and MI4 series. Shake them up.
Replace Nakatomi Plaza with Berlin's leading bank and there it is - Don 2 - a Bollywood take on great action flicks where Shah Rukh wants to show that being a bad-ass is fun.
Post the RA.One disaster, a lot of hopes ride upon SRK to prove he is a bankable box office star and Don 2 works hard to re-establish the fact that SRK can scale walls, blow up cars, look and act menacing despite the irritating laugh (seriously, he doesn't lose that).
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The first scene begins impressively and you wait for the return of the King as promised.
The first half focuses on SRK and Boman Irani teaming up to conquer the narcotics market in Europe moving on from Malaysia to Germany, with a stopover in Zurich.
Nice cars (we all heard he blew up 67 of them in the car chase, though really they didn't look like that many), great locations. I'll stop at that, because I cannot say great action.
Don 2 Premiere
Explosive yes, there's immense amount of shattered glass in practically every action scene. But SRK fails to deliver the action, looking unbelievable.
And for all you RA.One haters, SRK does a G.One here as well, with Priyanka instead of Kareena.
Boman Irani and Priyanka Chopra return from the 2006 original. Priyanka doesn't have much to do, except show some of the old chemistry with Don and bash up a few baddies.
Boman Irani gets a few chuckles from the audience (he does have a witty line or two).
Stills: Don 2
Among the new entrants, Kunal Kapoor is believable, Lara Dutta is best remembered for shimmying in gold to the retro beats of Zara dil ko thaam lo (there's no Kareena here and someone's got to do it). The rest of the music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is nothing to write home about.
Usha Uthup renders Hai ye maya, an almost James Bond-ish touch with that deep bass.
3D is a waste, so don't fret if you haven't booked for a 3D show. In fact, don't fret if you haven't booked a show at all.
The King is yet to return. Meanwhile since Hrithik's cameo is the highpoint of the film and the plot does have a few interesting twists, I'll go with 2.5 stars, for the film.
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