‘Jo & Jo’ movie review, Mildly funny, and struggles to leave an impact

The whole movie gets a treatment similar to some easy web series, but not all joke attempts land effectively

The whole movie gets a treatment similar to some easy web series, but not all joke attempts land effectively

You either have to be super sure to create an action out of nothing or really lack ideas to write almost an entire movie about a love letter and the confusions that arise from it. In addition to the story of sibling rivalry, much of the events in Jo & Jo are built around this anonymous love letter, which is addressed to Jo, which leads to Jomon (Mathew Thomas) and his older sister Jomol (Nikhila Vimal) suspecting each other of being its recipient.

But the letter is just the latest reason for their struggle. The two have been at home for a large part of the time during the lock, and they have been in each other’s throats over one or the other. Jomol constantly raises his voice over the unequal treatment they receive from their parents, with the fact that she is bothered with household chores and that he gets everything done for him by the others. Debuting director Arun. D. Jose, who co-wrote the script with Raveesh Nath, treats many of her outbursts as just reasons for more jokes, except towards the end.

The whole movie gets a treatment similar to some easy web series, but not all joke attempts land effectively. For his escapades outside the house, which are mainly about fishing by a nearby stream, Jomon has his friends Manoj Sundaran (Naslen) and Eby (Melvin) in company, who both manage to inject some much-needed energy and humor into the processes. But even when Jomon and his friends spend time outdoors, have fun and get into trouble, Jomol spends much of his time indoors … but not by choice.

Jo & Jo

Director: Arun D Jose

Cast: Nikhila Vimal, Mathew Thomas, Naslen K. Gafoor and Johny Antony

For a film that had so many promising keys, the script is limited to the love letter and Jo and his friends’ attempts to find the man who is supposed to have written the anonymous letter to the sister. After a point, Jomon’s obsession with the letter does not make sense at all, especially for a youth who has so much around him to be distracted by. The image of the younger brother morally policing his sister also does not match his behavior until then.

Attempts to climax to get some progressive brownie points seem half-hearted, more so because some films with progressive messages are ridiculed in one of the previous dialogues! Jomol’s genuine anger at being “prepared” for marriage from a young age could have had a much greater impact, if the script had not trivialized her concerns earlier.

Jo & Jo have some laughing moments, but you process them as stand-alone sketches, because the film as a whole does not manage to create any effect.

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