RRR ★★★★½

An unlikely bond between two Indian revolutionaries lead to battle cries, Brit-bashing, and an anti-colonialist cause worth fighting for.

RRR is a riotous action musical epic that is bruising, fiery, and stunningly exuberant. The kinetic set pieces are full of endless surprises, including a party-crashing sequence halfway through that’s a roaring spectacle. The balls to the wall combat fight scenes send both animals and humans flying. This whole moment alone puts most lacklustre, creatively-redundant Hollywood actioners to shame.

For all its spectacle and ambition, RRR never downplays the pain felt by natives controlled under imperialism. There’s some tough moments in this, and RRR’s historical context still feels somewhat timely in its sad depiction of how we’re still viewed unfavourably by some in the Western world. RRR’s rapturous reception globally is a huge moment for South Asian cinema in the mainstream. ‘Bout time!

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