Dev Patel’s Directorial Debut: A Knockout Success

Dev Patel shines as both action star and promising director in his debut film "Monkey Man," a wild action revenge flick that showcases his talent and vision.

Dev Patel's Bold Move

Dev Patel, known for his work in serious dramas like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Lion," takes a daring leap with his directorial debut, "Monkey Man." This action-packed revenge film not only solidifies Patel as an action star but also introduces him as a promising genre director.

Stepping away from his usual roles, Patel's passion project "Monkey Man" is a love letter to East Asian martial arts movies and Indian folklore and culture. The story follows the Kid, played by Patel, as he seeks revenge driven by his haunting memories and the legend of the Hindu god Hanuman.

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A Cinematic Journey

As the Kid navigates the dangerous underworld of corrupt cops and powerful politicians, Patel's direction brings a vibrant and chaotic energy to the screen. From colorful visuals to energetic music, "Monkey Man" is a sensory experience that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.

While the screenplay may have some formulaic elements, Patel's experimental approach to storytelling allows him to showcase his talent in a new light. The film's third act, in particular, shines with style and vigor, cementing Patel as a versatile actor and filmmaker.

A New Chapter for Dev Patel

With "Monkey Man," Dev Patel proves that he is more than just a talented actor. By taking on the roles of both star and director, he forges his own path in the industry and leaves a lasting impression on audiences.

Just as Jordan Peele did with "Get Out," Patel's directorial debut sets him apart and paves the way for future success. "Monkey Man" is a bold and ambitious film that showcases Patel's potential as a filmmaker, and audiences can expect to see more groundbreaking work from him in the future.

(In English and Hindi with English subtitles)

MPA rating: R (for strong bloody violence throughout, rape, language throughout, sexual content/nudity, and drug use)

How to watch: In theaters Friday

Fateh Muhammad

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