I watched this whoooooooooooooooooooooooole movie, and the biggest question I came out with was, is it that Prabhas can’t find pants that fit him? Or does he not WANT pants that fit him?
Well, this was a movie. It had songs, it had stars, it had “comedy”, and it had insane magical vaguely Hindu based logic. Prabhas was very tall, the whole time. Pooje Hegde wore ballgowns the whole time. It was set in the 1970s but for no reason I could see beyond Prabhas looking good in turtlenecks. Oh, and it was in a vague sort of “Italy” that had a lot of fancy tiles and big churches but everyone still spoke Telugu.
That makes it sound like a good-bad movie. Tragically, it doesn’t quite reach the depths to be good-bad. But on the other hand, it’s also not bad-bad. It’s just kind of middling. There were some nice romantic moments, massive crazy action scene at the end, and really pretty visuals here and there. The plot makes no sense, but I think logical plots are not what we watch Indian films for. So I’m not taking marks off for that,
I am taking marks off for a lack of fun flirtation moments, and chemistry between stars. It’s not bad, it’s just not spectacular enough to make the film sore. Ditto, songs. Someone on the blog told me that they had completely different music for Hindi versus Telugu. Cool idea, but it means ALL the songs are montages. Because you can’t have dance moves, or lipsynching. So that’s marks off there. Oh, and marks off for the usual lame arguments about how Vedic science is, like, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay ahead of Western science blah blah blah. I know that in many areas South Asian scientists were ahead, but the insistence on pulling together a series of weak arguments just to put scientists in their proper place (behind Priests), bothers me. Marks off there.
I’m not gonna tell you NOT to watch it, especially if you love Prabhas. He’s very charming and romantic and stuff. And the songs are pretty, and the final action scene is impressive. It’s just that good of a movie over all. Don’t run around forcing yourself to see it. Or, alternatively, to avoid it.