Movie Review: RRR

I know. Two movie reviews in a row from me. How did you get to be so lucky? It’s just that I’d heard such good things about a new Indian movie that was on Netflix, that I just had to check it out. RRR is the latest from what I gather is a very well known Indian film maker, S.S. Rajamouli. While I have heard about Indian movies, I haven’t actually . . . watched one of them. This seemed like an excellent opportunity to correct that oversight.

What did I know about Indian movies going into this one? Not a whole ton, to be honest. I knew they really liked to put song and dance numbers into films. I knew I’d seen some snippets from what were very bad looking films that got made fun of online, but I also knew that India has a thriving film industry. Word on the street was that RRR was just full over over the top action sequences, with a really high production value.

Oh yeah. And it was over three hours long.

With that kind of buzz, how could I refuse? Denisa and Daniela were away last night, so I approached Tomas with the idea. “Three hours long?” he asked. “We’re going to need provisions.” So he headed to the store and got some ice cream, chips, salsa, and candy. MC went to bed, and we settled in for the long haul, not really knowing what to expect.

You know that bit in the Princess Bride? “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles”? It’s got pretty much all of that. Maybe it’s missing giants. I honestly can’t remember. All I know is that for three solid hours, I was thoroughly, completely entertained. Start to finish.

At its heart, RRR is a buddy movie. Two guys end up being best friends, not knowing that they’re on polar opposite sides of a revolution in India against British rule. In that loose framework, Rajamouli jams in just about everything you can think of. The fight scenes and action sequences are all over the top in a way that would make the Fast and the Furious movies look on in envy. Just when you think the film can’t possibly give any more, it does. (I wanted to post the trailer for the movie here, but I felt like it gives too much away. Avoid it.)

And yes, there are song and dance numbers. And yes, it gets overly melodramatic from time to time. The British also come across as almost completely evil. But you roll with all of it, and you just enjoy the ride. Forget about physics and pesky things like believability. Rajamouli just draws you into a world where a man can face off against 1,000 and come away victorious.

I had a great time with the movie. 9/10. It’s TV-MA, but purely for comic book violence. It seemed more like a PG-13 to me. You should definitely check it out. And the best news? Rajamouli has other movies on Netflix, waiting for me right now . . .


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