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The Lunchbox Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

The Lunchbox Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

“The Lunchbox” is a sweet, but frustrating film.

Sajaan (a lonely, quiet working man on the verge of retirement) usually receives a daily lunch from a local restaurant through the renowned Mumbai dabbahwalas lunch delivery service, but one day, he receives a different meal by mistake. It turns out he’s started to mistakenly receive delectable meals from a bored mother and wife (Ila) that are intended for her husband instead. Through this one of a kind error, the two begin to get to know one another as they write each other personal letters placed inside the meal boxes. As the two begin to bond, they find their lives start to change in unexpected ways.

“The Lunchbox” could have easily been a sickeningly sweet movie, but it never once feels manipulative or phony. Writer/director Ritesh Batra makes his feature length film debut an entirely serious, grounded, and above all, sincere character centric story about compassion, friendship, love, culture, and yes, even food. Despite the fictional plot device involving the perfect lunch delivery system making a glaring error, the script always feels believable. Of course, the reality of the project might mostly be due in part to the impressive chemistry by the main cast members Infran Khan (best known for great roles in “Life of Pi” and “Slumdog Millionaire”), Nimrat Kaur, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui (who plays Saajan’s over eager co-worker Shaikh).

The only aspect in which “The Lunchbox” falters is with the ending (or non ending as it where). For the entire running time, viewers are investing in these characters and hoping that the inevitable story build-up is leading somewhere. Sadly, that’s not the case. Now, I’m fine with open ended endings and I wasn’t expecting or desiring a happy Hollywood ending, but it’s aggravating that this movie doesn’t stick the landing. Sure, you can use your imagination and wonder what may occur for these characters, but that artistic decision feels lazy in this case. It’s as if we’re getting an incomplete movie/story.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? A crystal clear transfer.

Audio Track: Hindi 5.1 DTS-HD MA. From the hustle and bustle of Mumbai to the dialogue, this track does the job.

The only extras are Sony trailers, a “The Lunchbox” theatrical trailer and an involving commentary with writer/director Ritesh Batra.

Overall Thoughts: Ending issues aside, “The Lunchbox” is a rewarding dramedy. Give it a watch.

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June 25, 2014 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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