RRR Movie Review: Rajamouli Weaves Yet Another Blockbuster!

RRR Movie Review: Rajamouli Weaves Yet Another Blockbuster!
Directed by: S. S. Rajamouli
Starring: N. T. Rama Rao Jr, Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Samuthirakani.
Duration: 182 minutes
Rating: 4/5 

Period dramas either go big or go home. There is always risk involved in visioning the movie at a large scale, but an inventive maker always makes the grand scheme of things ingenious yet effortless. S. S. Rajamouli's RRR falls under that bracket.

Starring N. T. Rama Rao Jr and Ram Charan in pivotal roles, RRR weaves a tale of Komaram Bheem (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) a revolutionary leader, and Alluri Sitarama Raju (Ram Charan) a resolute activist. They are headstrong in their fight for freedom. Rajamouli draws inspiration from the lives of Komaram Bheem and Alluri Sitarama Raju and sets a fictional narrative around the two.

The movie chooses a steady pacing route. Even though the screenplay is engaging in most parts, there are instances where viewers might wish to wrap a plot point much sooner. The flow of events in the second half is more effortless than in the first half. However, the first half does guarantee some of the most gripping moments in the entire movie. S. S. Rajamouli makes sure the viewers aren't pulled out of the narrative so he pairs screenplay with great visuals.

Rajamouli knows his craft too well and that's reflective of the innovations he brings through his storytelling. The moments shared between the characters are styled with beautiful color pallets. The crisp imagery is striking. K. K. Senthil Kumar knows how to control his elements and tie them together for a neat look.

The sound score of the movie opens a new dimension for the story. "Naatu Naatu's(Naacho Naacho) hammering strings and "Komuram Bheemudo's" flurry of beats are among the sweeping music of RRR

NTR gives a power pack performance. His range of emotions comes in handy for RRR. His character is well written and NTR doesn't hold back in portraying Komaram Bheem. His dialogue delivery stands out the most amongst everyone. 

Ram Charan's introductory scene is well shot. His intensity shines on screen. We marvel whenever he appears. His dynamics with other characters are natural and don't feel forced. NTR and Ram Charan successfully register themselves in the Rajamouli hall of fame for iconic performances.

Ajay Devgn steps out of his comfort zone delivering an impactful performance. He has more of an extended cameo, but he puts forth a convincing performance and even has the best lines.

Alia Bhatt as Ram Charan’s love interest Sita explores her role with grace and precision. She has big shoes to fill but her presence doesn't fall flat. She once again proves to be a dependable actress. However, her character won't make the cut for a well-painted character, it dabbles in the generic trope.

Samuthirakani carries the part smoothly. He understands the director's vision and leaves a mark long after the credits roll. He  adds his own charm to it, there is no dull moment whenever Samuthirakani is on screen.

With almost everything being impeccable, there are a few setbacks too. RRR had 3Rs and was of 3 hours, something which could be curtailed. Some sequences could be wrapped up soon and one or two events could be left out. Long monologues don't always work, RRR spirals out a bit because of lengthy sequences.

But RRR's strong points triumph over even the tiny errors. It has all the ingredients for a Bollywood blockbuster. It's a visual feast with music having a life of its own. RRR captures the Indian cinema's magic. It's a must-watch.