Rajamouli in his strong zone of big-budget entertainers along with Jr NTR and Ramcharan ensure a great time at the theatres. RRR is essentially a potboiler that works in favor of the big names associated with it. The plot is nothing novel but Rajamouli sustains the tempo in totality. It doesn’t try to evoke your intellectuality but neither does it tries to insult it. And this is mainly due to the director’s ability to suck you into the world of his cinema.
Jr NTR is the star of the show. His innocence when calm and his rage when angry are so convincingly displayed. You feel the character to be someone so powerful, but is in strong ties to sensitivity. Ramcharan, on the other hand, gets to play a more alpha male-ish hero. The character gets more screen time(or we feel so) but doesn’t score over NTR at any point. Rajamouli designates different kinds of prominence to his heroes. While NTR gets an emotional overlay, Ramcharan plays a character with a heavy emotional undercurrent.
Alia Bhat waves at you for strictly 5 minutes(and another 5, if you include the end credit song) and vanishes. Felt relieved on this, after seeing the arc of the character. Ajay Devgn plays a significant character and did justice. We have another bunch of characters; nothing worth mentioning!
M. M. Keeravani provides an immensely pulsating score throughout the film. Keeravani transforms Rajamouli’s larger-than-life vision into single-screen entertainment and dilutes the film’s lengthy runtime in the abstract. Naatu Naatu song was a blast to witness on screen! Senthil Kumar’s visuals are so attractive and well colored. The first half of the film rides on adrenaline rushes one after the other with the pre-interval sequence giving you a bang for your buck. But as we proceed into the second half, things get a little draggy. And just when that thought takes shape in our mind, Rajamouli strikes back with another set of his antics.The climax is a humongous and an accelerating big screen experience. With the end credit song and some guest appearances in it, you leave the theatre satisfied.
Considering the budget, the VFX was shoddy at many places. But even there the use of shots makes it less obvious.
Overall, RRR is worth a watch. It is big, ambitious and is backed by two powerhouse performers.
Review by © Gautham Ravichandran
Try to watch it in its original language, as Malayalam dubbing brings in unintentional laughs at many places