There’s a thin line between comedy and buffoonery, drama and melodrama, film with a subtle message and film with a spoon-fed message, acting and overacting, writing and rambling, creativity and mediocrity. All is well is precisely about the latter ones – buffoonery, melodrama, spoon-fed message, overacting, rambling and mediocrity.
You have a hero (Abhishek Bachchan) with gelled-to-perfection hairstyle, a Rhonda Byrne obsessed heroine (Asin) so aadarshwaadi you’d expect Alok Nath to appear for a kanyadaan, a serial-pisser father (Rishi Kapoor) stuck in a badly written role, a deadpan faced mother (Supriya Pathak) suffering from a convenient version of Alzheimer, and a sidekick who is supposed to be a villain (Mohammed Zeeshan Ayyub) but couldn’t decide whether he’s a villain or a sidekick. There’s an excuse of a story but why take it seriously when even the director Umesh Shukla doesn’t bother to go there.
Whenever the partners-in-crime writers (Sumit Arora and Niren Bhatt) get stuck, they make their characters pick up any random vehicle and drive – making it seem like some badly done road movie and when that doesn’t work, they add the Piku factor or rather Pee-Kyu angle.
Well, if that doesn’t get things rolling, they opt for a Punjabi wedding with everyone in the family wearing same kind of spectacles which is supposed to make you go LOL (Which it obviously doesn’t), and even then things go awry, there’s always a Sonakshi Sinha to rev up the screenplay with her thunder thumkas. Doesn’t work, sir!
If too many cooks spoil the food, then too many composers (Himesh Reshammiya, Amaal Mallik, Meet Bros Anjjan and Mithoon) harm the eardrums. The worst crime they commit is to spoil our nostalgia of Ae Mere Humsafar from the movie, Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak with a tepid treatment and bland lyrics.
The blooper-spotters are going to have a field day, by spotting silly errors, especially a kidnapping scene in a wedding where Asin ensures that she grabs her copy of ‘The Secret’ so that she can catch up with the philosophy of Rhonda Byrne during the journey (Who carries a book during one’s wedding procedure?), and much more of such nuggets.
To be honest, the only way you can endure this stupid film by spotting bloopers. If not these, you always have an option of checking your FB, WhatsApp or simply walk out – Just like me. It’s a film meant to be comedy but you end up watching it with a straight face. A drama that refuses to touch you. A message that makes you feel the Gujarati melodrama like ‘Maa baap ne bhoolsho nahin’ or Govinda-Kader Khan starrer ‘Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni’ seem like masterpieces.
To sum it up, All Is Well is a complete wastage of a talented ensemble of cast, who seem to be trying their best infuse life in this dead script. Alas, be it logic, story, direction, music, lyrics or even entertainment – All isn’t well here. Sigh.