Rosshan Andrews combine with script writing duo of Bobby and Sanjay in School Bus, a movie primarily targeted at the parents of today. Communication and direct talk in a family is something that is eluding the homes these days. Rosshan through this film stress the importance of communication and talking within family so that problems are solved by talks and discussion rather than taking the issue to outside world for resolving them.
There is nothing new in the story but the intention to pass a very relevant message to parents deserve a special applause. Though there are some takeaways for parents, School Bus is also partly a children’s film narrated through kids and at the same time involving parents too in the process.
Joseph and Aparna are husband and wife and they have two kids Anjo and Angelina. One incident in the school involving the kids blow out of proportion and the story shared by Rosshan Andrews with his scripting team of Bobby Sanjay explore how the issue is settled.
The film has a convincing and pretty interesting first half that primarily discuss the family issues of Joseph and Aparna. The couple are finding it tough to adjust mutually. Along with their family life, School Bus travel to Trinity International School where the kids Anjo and Angelina are studying. As I said, the first half is decently portrayed making it believable.
The second half takes a complete U turn from the pre-interval session. Though the idea was good and it had good scope to do an extra bit on the technical aspects, the incidents shown in these stages were a bit unconvincing and somewhat unbelievable.
Not saying it was too bad, but I felt an exaggerated narrative in the screenplay in the final one hour. It was as if things were forced to create a sort of thrilling feel along with some suspense thrown in.
Jayasurya played Joseph without any trouble at all. Yet another winning act making the character of Joseph who is egoistic and arrogant more convincing and impressive to us. Aparna Gopinath as Aparna was okay. Kunchacko Boban appear as a police officer in the second half and he did his part without any fuss.
Kids are the real stars of School Bus. Though what they talked had a dramatic appeal and at times sounded more than their ages, the performance factor cannot be ignored. Akash Muraleedharan and Angelina Rosshan are the two kids who played Anjo and Angelina respectively and out of the two, the girl was better.
Sudheer Karamana was only there for couple of scenes but I should say that his emotional scene with Jayasurya was a touching one helped mostly by the actor’s input. Nandu as the subordinate police officer was quite good.
Camera work by acclaimed cinematographer Muraleedharan.C.K was a major bonus for School Bus and provided a facelift. The scenes inside the forest was shot brilliantly with nice visual effects. Gopi Sundar’s background score gave the momentum and feel and it was apt for each and every scene. A film under two hours, School Bus is neatly edited without affecting the total flow. Sound design especially from the halfway mark was commendable.
I wouldn’t say the film is a must watch but for the message it tries to convey, parents can give it a shot. For others along with kids, I would say what that started as a simple film looks more of a complex one in the end. An average experience for me and going with two and a half out of five for Rosshan Andrews’s School Bus.
Rating – 2.5 / 5
Reviewed by Chandra mohan gopinath