RRR (2022)

Genres - Action, Drama, Epic  |   Sub-Genres - Inspirational Drama  |   Release Date - Jun 1, 2022 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 181 min.  |   Countries - India  |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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Review by Nicole Dominguez

Writer-director S.S. Rajamouli's RRR (Rise Roar Revolt) embodies the true definition of epic. It is large in scope, bold in color and oh so fun, with stylistic stunts and a run time of over three hours. The story takes place in Delhi and its surrounding areas in 1920. It centers around two freedom-fighters. Bheem (N.T. Rama Rao Jr.) is on a rescue mission for a young girl who has been kidnapped by a buffoonish British baddie, Governor Scott (Ray Stevenson), and his horrible wife (Alison Doody). Raju Ram (Ram Charam) is trying to capture Bheem and secure a coveted promotion. Are they enemies? Friends? Adventure ensues as the film becomes a stunning display of violence, complete with a moment reminiscent of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. It's epic and feels as if neither the audience nor character knows what they are in for.

The characters are based on real historical figures who never met, but somehow it works. It all works. Rama Rao is great as Bheem, eliciting empathy with his simpleness. When his character finds his soul during the story, the audience might see themselves in him and experience his pain and bravery. Charam is a strong actor whom the director clearly favors with excellent camera work and lighting. He uses his leading man's bravado, fiery personality, and deadly charm.

Together, they play off each other convincingly, making the three hours fly by. It's a bromance that comes across as a true relationship. Rajamouli has found a perfect match in these two actors. It is as if they were born to act together and watching them play off of each other is like watching a great tennis match, with fast, swift, assured serves and moments that take your breath away. They are spirited, and the dance number, which audiences may recognize from the internet, is fun, fresh, and rewatchable. No wonder it went viral.

This intriguing buddy comedy that is also a commentary on politics and history. It is the kind of movie that tantalizes the watcher into deep diving into the political account of India and cracking open a book on a Wednesday night. Full of interest, action, and comedy, RRR is an ideal movie to see on the big screen. So put on your glasses and strap in for the adventure. A warning for the squeamish: as fun as the movie is, the violence is brutal. Nothing is done halfway in this film; it is truly, well… epic.