There’s been a lot of hype over the last few months about a film coming out of India that apparently puts the American film industry to shame. The American film industry is fundamentally broken and creatively bankrupt and the cause is a multitude of reasons. The overwhelming majority of Hollywood films and television that are produced today are created by a handful of multinational corporations who only see the quality of the product as a small mark on their bottom line.
Over the last few years, we have seen these corporations mandate diversity and inclusion initiatives that put the primary focus on race and sexuality rather than any personality or character traits that audiences can connect to.
To make matters worse, most of the creative minds in control of Hollywood look at the cinema that came before with contempt because in their minds what came before was problematic and not inclusive enough for modern times. Put all these elements together in a pot and you have the joyless, uninspiring, and uninteresting Hollywood industry of 2022.
Movies like Top Gun: Maverick only come around once in a while so if you want to see good films, you have to go outside of the United States to find quality.
RRR is a Telugu-language Indian epic action drama film that will make you wonder just how broken Hollywood has become. RRR as of this writing is the most expensive Indian film ever created with a production budget of 75 million dollars USD and it is one of the most impressive pieces of Cinema ever created by a country that doesn’t even have a quarter of the budget that modern-day big-budget American movies have.
RRR is set in the 1920s, the tyrannical British administrator Scott Buxton (Ray Stevenson) and his sadistic wife Catherine (Alison Doody) abduct a young girl named Malli with a great talent for singing. Komaram Bheem (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.), the tribe’s guardian embarks on Delhi with the intent of rescuing her, under the guise of a Muslim man named Akhtar.
Elsewhere, Rama Raju (Ram Charan), an ambitious officer in the Indian Imperial Police is made aware of the public threat against Buxton and is tasked with the job of hunting the threat. However, he doesn’t have a description of the threat to go on so he searches the local village and befriends Bheem who unbeknownst to him is the target he is looking for. Raju is forced to make a hard decision when it comes to turning Bheem in but it turns out that Raju has his own agenda to bring down the British Empire as well.
RRR redefines what it means to be a cinematic Epic Movie. This is a film that has everything you can possibly ask for in a movie. The film is over the top, action-packed, has great storytelling, attention to detail, and a wonderful cast of characters who played their roles of perfection. RRR is a home run for one reason and one reason only, it is the one thing movies today aren’t, fun.
Like the film “Everything Everywhere All at Once”, RRR is a cinematic experience. The characters are strong male leads with defined goals and purpose. Raju and Bheem are the types of characters who are going to inspire the next wave of cinema and creators.
RRR has an intense level of passion put into the filmmaking aspects behind the camera. A movie that only cost 75 million dollars to produce, is able to pull off impressive visual stunts that American films such as Thor: Love and Thunder couldn’t pull off with nearly 300 million dollars put behind the budget. The runtime of the film will scare off a few people initially but once the film gets going the story, characters, and style will have you begging for more after three hours of point.
RRR Is a one-of-a-kind film and a loud patriotic tale that is going to be hard to be in terms of the number one best movie of the year. This is the type of movie that will hopefully inspire American audiences to demand better from their filmmakers.