Starring: Janhvi Kapoor, Deepak Dobriyal, Mita Vashisht, Neeraj Sood
Directed by: Sidharth Sengupta
Genre: Black comedy crime drama
Duration: 1h 56m
A girl gets trapped in the inner workings of the crime world where she must keep her head above the water in order to survive what life throws at her. But is there more to 'Jerry' than what meets the eye or something is hidden in plain sight?
Strong pursuits of the film
Campy tone and performances
There are movies that mirror society, there are movies that create awareness but there also exist movies that you can sit back and enjoy without taking everything seriously. Good luck Jerry through most of its run time displays a world of absurd coincidences and unconventional circumstances that are swell for the most part. It's easy to enter the world of Jaya Kumari all the same as rooting for her. The campy tone of this movie is elevated by the performance of Janhvi Kapoor. Good luck Jerry has a lot of over-the-top moments that Janhvi carries with great effort. There is a good balance of innocence and coherence in her character. Janhvi Kapoor's dialogue delivery might be a miss in some sequences but overall she doesn't fail to portray a character stuck in the comedy of errors.
Deepak Dobriyal is a perfect casting choice for this movie. Throughout his running time, he made sure the audience got a good laugh and the story sticks to its essence. His ability to move between various aspects of the character with seemingly no effort is not lost on us. He was too good in this part.
Mita Vashisht is another performer you can bank on for a terrific portrayal. Even though the screenplay keeps you engaged, wielding more of Mita Vashisht's character in the play would have made it more effective.
Vibrant cinematography with a groovy soundtrack makes up for good use of resources. Rangarajan Ramabadran uses colors to show innocence, absurdity, and joy. Rangarajan Ramabadran makes sure to create a comforting ambiance that amplifies the character's emotion and at the same time elevate the symbolism of the play.
Good Luck Jerry's soundtrack is composed by Parag Chhabra while lyrics are penned by Raj Shekhar. Aman Pant composed the Background score for this venture. Deedar Kaur, Gurlej Akhtar, Vivek Hariharan, Parag Chhabra, Pinky Maidasani, Jubin Nautiyal, Soom T, Shehnaz Akhtar, and Sahil Akhtar among others lend their voice for Good Luck Jerry. The soundtrack is upbeat, loud but not obnoxious, and overall resonates with the theme of this movie. "Cutie Cutie" by Nakash Aziz is simply the best out of the lot.
Director Sidharth Sengupta unfailingly brings forward another world of fiction that is easy to root for. He establishes the premise with ease, gives the character motivations, and constructs good technical elements that make Good Luck Jerry worth a watch. This is a director-driven project.
Weaker links of the film
Verbose and Diction
Jhanvi Kapoor's diction is sometimes a hindrance in connecting with her character. Her overall performance is grounded and effective but sometimes the dialogue delivery is a miss. Another trivial weak link is the movie's need of cramping more dialogues than showing the sequences. The rule of 'show not tell' is lackluster.
Hit and miss screenplay
Bear in mind Good luck Jerry is intended to have over-the-top sequences which make up for a no-brainer entertainer. Therefore some sequences will be a complete miss if logic is applied. The pitch at which the movie is presented is sometimes loud which might be a deal breaker for some viewers. However, it should be noted that most campy, farce comedies are best for a one-time watch.
Final thoughts: Watch or skip?
Good luck Jerry is a laughing riot in some parts and emotionally effective in the rest. Sidharth Sengupta has put together a drama that will keep you entertained throughout its running time.