Director: S.S. Rajamouli
Screenplay: S. S. Rajamouli from a story by Vijayendra Prasad
Starring: Ram Charan, N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Alia Bhatt, Olivia Morris, Ray Stevenson and Alison Doody.
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
RRR is a film that defies description. If someone had described it to me prior to me seeing it, I would have said, “Pass” and missed out on a movie experience that I look forward to repeating. So, I’ll do my best to review RRR, but, no matter what you think after my review, you should give it a look.
Set in 1920, India is under British rule. The British Governor, Scott Buxton (Stevenson) thinks the people he governs are heathens. Buxton’s wife, Catherine (Doody) is a sadistic wretch. While visiting a village, Catherine tells her husband she wants to take one of the children home with her. Governor Buxton orders his soldiers to get the child. Despite the pleas of the mother and villagers, they leave with the little girl.
Bheem (Rao, Jr.), a warrior who lives in the forest vows to bring her back. Bheem will find himself up against the might of the British army and Ram (Charan) an Indian soldier fighting for the British!
Before that happens we will get back story of both warriors. We see how Bheem and Ram meet while saving a boy from a raging fire. Bheem and Ram become best friends and then mortal enemies, only to learn that both possess a secret that will change everything!
RRR is at times an action movie, a drama, a love story, a war movie and a musical. RRR seamlessly changes genres and keeps the story flowing. The action is over the top crazy (in a great way)! The director pulls out all the stops — we get slow-motion entrances, heroes doing the impossible (but we believe it while watching — at least most of the time). When the action becomes too outrageous, we watch with a smile.
The love story (between Bheem and an English woman) is sweet and innocent. It provides opportunities for humor, an insight to how most of the British view the population. It also leads to one of my many favorite scenes in RRR (and I can’t believe I’m saying this) — a dance off. Yep. A dance off. But it works!
The heroes are heroic and the villains are despicable. RRR is a movie that wears its heart on its sleeve. It shamelessly has fun as it presents the story of a legend. I absolutely loved RRR and it earns my highest rating 5 of 5 stars.