Status Update review: The same ol' Hollywood formula

Status Update review: The same ol' Hollywood formula

Status Update is written by the same writers of 17 Again, and you come to know it even if you aren’t a film critic, reading the end credits because it relies on the same tactic of storytelling. An unexpected godfather suddenly comes to your arrival to fix your life, but you end up making a few messes on the way anyway, because this isn’t the realm of Harry Potter, so we cannot expect magic to save us all the time. Yes. Status Update is fun! Very much fun! Mainly because here the protagonist makes a lot of mistakes. Unlike 17 Again he isn’t a 40-year-old stuck in the body of his teenage self, but a teenager who luckily found a phone, which has a magical app that makes all his status updates come true. So when he wants to sing really well, we see a boy named Kyle singing like an opera singer. In a politically correct world, we are supposed to applaud that talent, irrespective of the gender, caste, creed, sex it came out from. But no teenager is politically correct, hence they bully poor Kyle when he sings like a woman. After learning from his mistakes, he makes a status update carefully and this time hopes that he sings like Bruno Mars; within five minutes, like a Bollywood movie star he becomes a star in the canteen. Remember who else became a star in the canteen? Zac Efron in 17 Again when he announced (in a dignified manner) that the boy who bullies his son has a tiny wiener. Overwhelmed with all the popularity, Kyle now forgets the less popular beautiful girlfriend and starts dating the rich girl in class, because now he has standards. Kyle eventually learns everything about the superficial world of rich kids and comes back to his regular old friends. In every way, Status Update follows the same old Hollywood fashion of story-telling. ‘Mean Girls’, ‘Mean Girls 2’, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘The Princess Diaries’, and now Status Update have shown a similar pattern in the journey of their protagonist. Fresh newbie gets acquainted with the world of glamour, popularity, drowns in its superficiality only to have a breakthrough moment when they realise that their old life was better than their life with the plastics. So, they go back to fix what they broke, mainly hearts of friends and lovers. If you are looking for something new in Status Update you won’t find any, only this time instead of people, an app will misguide the young mind. Man technology has really penetrated their way into our lives, replacing humans! Rating: 2.5/5 (Watch the film here)


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