An average film that has really nothing new to say, the USP of Pattam Pole is its the way the story is told. Uniqueness borders around a lot of what we have been seeing as part of the new age movies in the past 3-4 years.
Graceful Dulquer and the debutante Malavika - quite inspirited in the first half - makes the movie quite watchable amidst all its flaws. Ace cinematographer Alagappan in his first movie as a director has ample help from M Jayachandran, with his customary melodious music and the marquee stars who put up a good show, to thank for not having made a total dud.
The story revolves around an age old love story of a Brahmin youth and a Christian girl. The movie starts off with them eloping to Ootty from Alleppey (perhaps or some backwater village in central Kerala) only to figure out that realities of life certainly outlives and sure can put a damper on the fantasy of romance. They part not so amicably within days and the rest of the movie traces the paths taken by their dads to eventually bring them together. Archana Kavi and Jayaprakash does well in pivotal roles. Lalu Alex could do without that postiche hairdo and Anoop Menon is attempting to eventually follow Nedumudi Venu's footsteps instead of Mohanlal's by continuing to play roles that has no relevance or substance.
With God's grace, the great Mammootty is probably going to remain a romantic and action hero for longer than anyone in the history of cinema (Would 50 years as a hero be a tad too much ?) Even with all that, his greatest contribution to the world of Cinema might yet be his Son. This guy is good. Knows how to act and easy on the eyes with whatever he does.