Your Friendship is More Valuable Than This Life. 5 / 5
Directed by S. S. Rajamouli.
A fictional history of two legendary revolutionaries’ journey away from home before they began fighting for their country in the 1920s.
My goal for this year was to watch at least 365 films, one for every day of the year, and I had been saving something very special for this occasion. Friends round, pizza ordered, projector on, soundbar up to the max - it was finally time to watch RRR… And I was not disappointed.
RRR is an insane attack on your senses blowing your expectations of an action/comedy/romance/musical/historical epic out of the water, creating a final product that is so full of joy and passion that it's impossible not to get swept up in its infectious energy.
Like many western audiences, this was my first entry into the world of Telugu/Tollywood cinema and the work of the master that is S. S. Rajamouli and it completely reinterpreted the meaning of the modern-day blockbuster. Every element is cranked up to 11 and despite its over-stylised… everything, it still manages to hit all of the emotional beats - if anything it increases them. The high moments are full of energetic dancing and movement, vivid colours and pure unadulterated joy. And the lows are felt with emotional depth, rage and repression to remind you of why this film exists in the first place as it fights colonialism in a way only RRR can.
I have never seen a film like RRR and I doubt I will ever again. The action is brutal and impactful, and the physics are all over the place in the best possible way leading to some of the biggest fist pump moments since Endgame and 'Naatu Naatu' is the catchiest song I've heard all year. This must only be watched with a group/crowd for the optimal experience.
Now if you excuse me, I'm off to learn that dance…