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West Is West Reviews

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January 23, 2015
I want an hour and 42 minutes of my life back
November 20, 2014
While the first movie is original, honest and has an important message, this second movie unfortunately feels like an unwarranted apology for the "offence" the first movie might have caused. Incredibly predictable, unfunny with the "let's make up and be happy everyone" tone of a Disney kid movie.
February 7, 2014
I will not rewatch this film......enough said.......Its just one of those films you can't rewatch. There were some funny parts. It had its moments. I think one of best parts is simply just watch them swear . It is fascinating .
½ January 25, 2014
Director Andy DeEmmony, when not on autopilot seems to take pleasure in violently slapping you around the face with cross-culture cliches and sentimentality overload, giving you a movie whose only plausible audience is secondary school religious education students.
December 18, 2013
East, West, North, South - no matter where it is it will always be mortifying.
October 20, 2013
A dark comedy as the dad comes across so strict & difficult to warm towards. Certainly doesn't have the feel good factor of Bend it like Beckham
July 19, 2013
Looks kinda good.. This one could be the second movie :)
July 7, 2013
Sadly underwhelming.
June 23, 2013
A grower not a shower! This film annoyed me for the first part but I warmed to it. Not a bad sequel but as is so often the case the original is far better!
May 28, 2013
God the 70's were shit, sweet film - a long coronation street episode set in Pakistan.
½ May 21, 2013
An obvious sequel to make using a mirror image storyline based in Pakistan. It's all very obvious stuff though.
½ May 19, 2013
As suggested by its title the film is a sequel to the late nineties Hit flick "EAST IS EAST". But it really doesn't matter if you haven't seen its first part as the movie is quite self explanatory for the viewer, without depending much on its original. Clearing the confusion which might be there looking at its promos, it's an English film with a regular use of Punjabi language throughout its almost 2 hours of duration and has some great soulful tracks in Punjabi too.

Where EAST IS EAST was more English, witty and entertaining, its present sequel is more traditional, emotional and meaningful in comparison. In the first part (released in 1999), the script revolved around the youngster's fast life in England, but in its present new version, the family visits their mother land, Pakistan and tastes the traditional way of life in a village. For the viewers not familiar with the story, WEST IS WEST is basically about Om Puri (who was a Pakistani national), now happily settled in England, with his new family looked after by his second wife who is a loving British Lady. After few incidents of his youngest son being bullied in the school and also getting caught for shop lifting, Om decides to take him to Pakistan and introduce him to his own culture. And there we get to see some impressive transforming sequences involving everyone in the family.

The film doesn't excite you enough in its first 10 minutes but as soon as the family reaches Pakistan, the pace picks up and some new interests are generated by the script. But here I would like to mention that apart from a few comic scenes mostly dealing with the language conflicts, WIW is not a comedy film from any angle. In fact that is a wrong kind of promotion strategy followed by its makers. As a result all the viewers opting for it taking it as a Brit-Asian comedy are going to be disappointed for sure.

On the contrary, WIW is a true to life, emotional depiction of the trauma faced by a torn personality living abroad who still has his heart caught somewhere in his mother land. It has some interesting characters like that of a Sufi Saint, a young wandering boy, a 'trying to be honest' relative who speaks broken English and many more. The director, Andy De Emmony beautifully captures the emotional distress of four of his characters in particular. Om Puri, who still can't make up his mind and always feels confused between his two families living in different countries following extremely diverse traditions. Ila Arun, his first wife, who is unwillingly living her life in a Pakistani Village still waiting for her husband to return. Linda Bassett, his second wife who is a loving British national and a very understanding, caring women willing to empathize with Ila and her helpless situation. And Aqid Khan, the youngest son of Om-Linda, who gracefully tries to study his father's country and its tradition but at the end has to return for his own future.

The film becomes a watchable effort mainly because of the splendid performances by these four actors. Especially watch out for the highly sensitive and impactful portrayal of an aging lady by Ila Arun who has undoubtedly given one of career best performances in the movie. Just look for a particular scene where both Ila and Linda are together on the screen and Ila gives her consent for her husband's return to England.

Along with its expressive cast, WIW has a great ethnic soundtrack with few fabulous tracks by Sai Zahoor (famous for his Coke Studio songs), who also makes a cameo in the film. Thankfully the Music CD of the film also has the Coke Studio versions of his songs which were earlier not available in the market. The background score, which also features in its CD, brilliantly gels with the village sequences shown on the screen and cinematography rightly captures the mood of the film.

However the film does have its own drawbacks and also doesn't have a universal appeal. It has a dropping pace and lacks the entertainment quotient since there are not enough enjoyable or comic sequences in the film as expected. So the viewers who are not willing to watch some meaningful cinema may get bored with its off-beat kind of subject and treatment.

But still, it's a different kind of experience, moving a step ahead from its first part. And hence I would like to rate it as a better sequel since it is able to deal with the emotional outbursts of its characters in an impressive way.
Super Reviewer
½ February 15, 2013
Intriguing sequel to 'East is East', this film follows teenager Sajid, George, Ella, and Maneer in the homelands of the Khan patriarch. With Annie (Ella's best friend) in tow, Ella finds the countryside an entirely different world and a whole different life that George had left behind. Getting to know the first wife, Ella realizes there is more to this side of the family with their troubles as much as there is to deal with her own. In the meantime, Sajid and Maneer are striving to keep the family together while also having a round of skirmishes of their own.
February 12, 2013
Seen with its' earlier companion piece, East Is East, this film is both entertaiing and enlightening.
February 3, 2013
a powerful melodrama !
December 19, 2012
ok but not as good as east is east, I don't want it on DVD, I didn't think it was better than east is east, I don't want to see it again, it starred Om Puri, Lesley Nicol and Linda Bassett
½ December 10, 2012
Rubbish..good job it was a free film,watched first 10 mins fell asleep woke up towards the end my girlfriend said it was complete crap..I believe this was made only to make a few quid not much effort made just cashing in on the first one....AVOID.....
Super Reviewer
½ October 24, 2012
Very cookie cutter in its approach. You could take any sentimental film from the last twenty years, replicate all the poignant scenes and come up with a film like this. Feels forced. The characters are taking unbelievable leaps of faith.
July 30, 2012
Excellent continuum from East is East. It shows some truth in how asian men are with their relationships... Loved the movie!

and of course loved (+grew up on) East is East, so was very excited when i heard about this movie.
½ July 27, 2012
Although this is not as good as its predecessor it still gets laughs and has some heart-felt emotions in it.
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