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Alkhalat + Review – a fun concept that sparkles in the second half

January 20, 2023

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We are reviewing the Netflix Alkhallat+ movie, which contains no spoilers.

Alkhallat+ is a difficult anthology piece to perform in a two-hour film. Some pieces will be more engaging than others, and it’s all about which pieces are strong enough to start and end. If you walk into this movie (like me) not knowing it’s an anthology series, it’s a little disappointing after the second story.

The first half of this film instantly draws you in because of the way the director Fahad Alammari sets up his characters. The first story is beautifully shot and has great camerawork that completes the trickery as it comes from a good place. There’s a reason people chose to go through these situations, and you can almost relate to it.

They’re simple stories with lessons on how to outsmart the trickster, which creates strong moments throughout.

Alkhalat+ review and plot summary

Alkhallat+ uses the quote “Whoever has a trick up their sleeve, they’ll use it”, right after the first story, and the title card drops. This anthology of deception and social trickery takes place in four unlikely locations. The first is at a wedding, and before the family attends the wedding, they discover that a tire on their car was about to be stolen, so they bring the thief with them.

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The second story has a young chef working in a kitchen at an upscale restaurant who wants to bring her parents closer together. The third story has a widow mourning her husband, and her best friend was instructed to take his phone so his wife couldn’t see what was on it. The fourth story was about a father and son who engaged in shenanigans while the mother was away.

All very simple stories can show different situations and how they affect people differently. It also shows a form of loyalty and trust between the characters, which constantly changes from story to story. It’s seeing how far they are willing to go.

Is Alkhalat+ good?

An anthology is only as good as its strongest story, and unfortunately Alammari hasn’t ordered its stories properly to keep audiences engaged. The first two stories are fun and entertaining and actually have a lighthearted message. It also strongly implies that karma will come back and grab you if you take a situation further than it should have gone in the first place.

The camera work is the most interesting aspect of the first story because it keeps you invested through the visuals. However, it fizzles after the second story because of the change in tone to the third. It was fun and easy to follow until it turned into a darker story about the death and secrets of a husband.

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Only for the tone to shift again in the fourth story which was more upbeat and entertaining. Once you get out of that energy, which the movie started with, it’s kind of shocking and hard to get back into the concept that Alammari wanted to present.

What did you think of the Netflix movie Alkhalat+? Comments below.

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