Thank You for Smoking——-Reviewed
What’s it about—- Nick Naylor(Aaron Eckhart) has one of the toughest jobs,that of a lobbyist for the cigarette industry.He has to battle against law suits, humanitarian societies and senators on a daily basis.To convince people that cigarrete smoking is “COOL” and not a menace to the society is a damn tough job to handle.And Nick is pretty good at it.Blessed with the gift of gab and great argumentative skills,Nick is a kind of saviour for the tobacco industry.But doing so he invites many enemies for himself.One of those many ,who has been affected by the hazards of smoking and blames Nick for his tragedy decides to give Nick a taste of his own medicine.He dopes Nick with a huge amount of nicotine but with his luck Nick manages to survive the encounter with death.But there is one problem now…..Nick has to quit smoking completely.Will it be possible for him to quit his addiction??????Also he has to now fight against a Senator who is hell bent on implementing a bill that will impose a crude animation of a skull on a cigarrete packet which will surely discourage people from purchasing them.Can Nick convince the public ,when he himself has quit smoking ,to take up smoking????Just if these problems weren’t enough Nick faces a greater problem in the form of reporter Heather Holloway(Katie Holmes) who reveals the secrets that Nick shared with her during their amorous relationship.So how does Nick encounter all these problems?????Can he prevent the Senator from passing the bill????All these questions form the crux of this film.
Positives — Special credit must be given to the casting.All the characters ,escpecially Aaron Eckhart (as Nick Taylor),play their role with finesse and fit their characters to the T.The dialogues are spectacular and thats what makes the scenes spell bounding.Doped with sarcasm and wit the dialogues infuse life into the wonderful story.Really kudos to the team for selecting such a unique story to make a film on.Scenes between Nick and his son , the opening debate on smoking cigarretes,the climax and the discussions between Nick and his M.O.D.(merchants of death) colleagues really bowl you over.As mentioned Aaron Eckhart is the soul of the film and carries the film ably on his rather broad shoulders.
Negatives — Some of the audience may find the story a bit weird and difficult to appreciate.But the mature film lover will have a jolly good time.Nothing much to crib about in the movie but if you are looking out for some romantic stuff and all then that’s seriously out of picture.But the major after effect of the film is that watching some of the scenes you might want to sniff a bit of nicotine.So be careful.lol.
Rating — 9/10
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