Director Brett Ratner, who cemented his success with the "Rush Hour" trilogy, has taken Anurag Basu's entertaining Bollywood extravaganza "Kites," which opened just a week ago, and reworked it as "Kites: The Remix" to make it more appealing to wider audiences. Ratner has succeeded admirably without destroying the heart and soul of the original, yet oddly, the work opened Friday without benefit of media previews.
From the 130-minute original, which is actually a rather short running time for Bollywood, Ratner has cut a fast-paced 90-minute version that preserves the star-crossed lovers theme but cuts back on the soap operatics and other over-the-top moments so typical of Bollywood. Instead, he literally cuts to the chase — the long, action-packed lovers-on-the run climactic sequence, rich in amusing Hollywood genre references. Bollywood fans are used to an insistence that more is more, but Ratner shows that less can be even more. Superbly reedited and with composer Graeme Revell revving up Rajesh Roshan's splendid original score, "The Remix" is clearer, leaner, hipper and punchier, and its love story all the more poignant for it.