In these times, when we talk about cinema from India, it is to point out some of its eccentricities, especially to point them out with derision. But there is a long cinematographic tradition and culture in the country, dating back almost to the origins of cinema itselfand its roots are ingrained in modern production, even if the arrivals are the most outlandish elements of its modern evolution.
But even with budget limitations you can breathe pure cinema in your tapes. Even in those supposedly laughable moments they find an expressiveness and energy that is no longer so common in modern cinema. It was only a matter of time before a film would end up transcending borders as other theaters have done during the streaming era. Although the truth is that already in its passage through specific cinemas around the world it has already generated enough noise to be one of the phenomena of the year. We talk about ‘RRR‘, the great action sensation that you can see on Netflix.
The power of friendship against the oppressor
The movie is an ambitious three-hour account of British colonialism in Indian lands during the 1920s. Based on three introductions, we are shown the basic conflict for the plot and the two main actors, two warriors of strength and legendary skills who fight on opposing sides, one as protector of the people and instigator of the revolution and the other as members of the police forces that protect the colonialists.
However, both meet without knowing that they are fervent rivals. In fact, they collaborate to perform a heroic act, and later they will develop a friendship as inexplicable as it is full of enormous strength – a little like themselves. Is formidable friendship puts the heart in this epic storyand it makes it really fun to follow all the ambitious aspects that the author SS Rajamouli wants to cover.
And it is not little that he wants to play, but he plays it with an overwhelming forcefulness. The film launches without fear of the different possible shades, from the ultra-epic action to the classic romantic comedy, also going through the adult drama of yesteryear and the Bollywood musical that is shot with the same impetus as each of its action scenes. In fact, all the scenes are raised from the maximum enthusiasm, and that is why the mix of genres worksbecause everything is on the same level, and the film is never in the compromise of having to choose.
‘RRR’: Shameless Revolution
Rajamouli spares nothing, not even the digital special effects that, even without being as polished as those of a Hollywood production, are better appreciated when planned and even executed within the action. Each of the fight sequences overflow with creativity and exuberant energy, and all of them remain engraved in your memory because of how well shot they are. The director uses different techniques, including slow motion or handheld camera for some of the more tense, and all are used with intelligence and good taste.
It may sound very strange to speak of good taste in a film so shameless and so given to impossible fantasy, but that only reveals certain prejudices about the proposal. Because valued in purely cinematographic aspects, ‘RRR’ is an absolute triumph. A perfect combination of elements, an epic story that tells briskly and without fail for three hours, and also one of the most exciting friendship stories that we can see right now on the screen. And also a show that easily rivals ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ for being the great action film of 2022. Get on the summer sensation now.