The case starts with the murder of a cop in the beginning, and that's when Sethupathi enters the fray. The first half has quite a few lighthearted scenes with Sethupathi's family, and a couple of good songs are used to establish their intimacy. Remya Nambeesan looks beautiful as the housewife and her chemistry with Vijay Sethupathi sparkles yet again, after Pizza. Her large eyes are expressive as ever. We also have some comedy revolving around Sethupathi's inept junior officers at his station. These officers have quite a part to play when the film turns serious in the 2nd half.
The interval block arrives after an intriguing scene when Sethupathi is thrown in a delicate situation, with his job hanging in the balance. In the 2nd half, he emerges back on top after some intelligent investigation episodes, and director Arun makes sure that the heroism aspect shines through in this half. The tense scene with Sethupathi's family and the baddies, the fight sequence with Sethupathi hiding his face with a kerchief and the inquiry commission episodes are all riveting, thereby ensuring that there is entertainment aplenty.
Vijay Sethupathi looks terrific, sporting the police uniform and his thick, twirled mustache is a majestic add-on. He looks very apt, both as the cop and the dear family man. After Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Vijay Sethupathi consolidates with a heroic part. Vela Ramamoorthy plays Vathiyaar, and shows good screen presence in the scenes when he dominates. The two kids are cute and the son gets that memorable aforementioned scene with the baddies. Some of the other good support characters are Sethupathi's junior (named Moorthy) and the stout inquiry commission officer.
Composer Nivas Prasanna does well with his melodies, and he ups the cop's heroism with his pulsating re-recording and the 'Hey Mama' number rendered by Anirudh. The 'Mazhai Thooralam' song in the title credits is a nice little tribute to our dutiful cops. It is a fruitful second outing for Nivas, after Thegidi.
Sethupathi is pretty taut and packed at just two hours and there are hardly any needless scenes. The family part is overdone a bit in the early part of the film, but one doesn't feel bored. It is a crisp affair thanks to director Arun and editor Sreekar Prasad.
Arun Kumar shows good versatility in his second outing and Sethupathi has turned out as a very good film, blending police efficiency and endearing family moments. Arun had mentioned that he would be game to do more parts of the film if this one works. Based on the output that we see here, Arun may very well start working on the sequel. The Vijay Sethupathi - Arun duo has succeeded in delivering back to back good films. Well done team.