130 Min | Comedy | January 2014
IMDB Rating: 5.7
Director: Samir Tewari
Starring: Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Soha Ali Khan
Mr Joe B. Carvalho Review: Looking at the tricky title, the first thought which comes to the mind is that this must be another vulgar comedy relying on all cheap tricks to win over the viewers. Thankfully MR. JOE B. CARVALHO is not one of those sex based comedies made with a specific motive, but at the same time it is also not a thoroughly enjoyable comedy giving you a good time in the theater in return of your ticket money spent. The film actually relies on all weird and wacky kind of humour which mostly fails post intermission due to lack of any novel content and enjoyable sequences written in its weak script.
Mr Joe B. Carvalho begins interestingly resembling the famous Mr. Bean’s (Rowan Atkinson) Detective movies, but then fast loses track with all forced in songs and absurd progression without having anything substantial to serve to the audience. At times Arshad Warsi does make you laugh with his superb comic timing & funny dialogues. But then with no great supportive acts he also remains quite helpless despite having the likes of Jaaved Jaaferi who is not given any great sequence to perform. Soha Ali Khan is just OK, doing some skin show too playing the Dabangg style cop and both Geeta Basra and Karishma Kotak strictly remain average. The group of fine comic actors like Vijay Raaz, Vrajesh Hirjee, Manoj Joshi, Snehal Dabhi & Virendra Saxena are also not able to deliver the expected. Plus both Ranjeet and Shakti Kapoor are just there to add up to the names. Himani Shivpuri does an over the top act playing Arshad’s mother and I really wondered what Babul Supriyo (singer) was doing in the film playing that childish cameo (and also Kunal Khemu in just a few frames).
Along with the actors both Cinematography & Background Score too remain the victim of a bad script but the writers surely could have done much better job as they did show their sparks at various occasions. Actually Mr Joe B. Carvalho does have its moments with few timely witty one liners generating some good laughs but the overall wackiness of its narrative is not going to have many takers. Yes, such kind of humour does have its own small audience but they are also the ones who actually would enjoy it more on the smaller screen without spending any extra money on the costly theaters tickets. So in possibilities such films might have a good run in the home video market and you may not mind watching MR. JOE B. CARVALHO as a light fun comedy coming on a cable channel in the next few months (at no additional cost). But in the theaters it is sure going to find it tough as the film will be trashed by many and enjoyed by only a few.
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