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I really tried to get into this but just couldn't handle it for more than 20mins at a time. I did about 3x20 min sessions and found myself not returning. I really like the Garth Merenghi aspects of it but unfortunately just not finding the story engaging.

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Watched this on Friday night and thought it was fantastic. I think the best word you could use to describe it is "epic" because all the actions set pieces were just so well done and such a joy. The first time we meet Bheem and his confrontation with the Tiger told you everything about how this film was going to be. The party song and dance, followed shortly by the action set piece was amazing. The finale was also so much fun.

 

My only quibbles would be some of the pacing, the British actors were all terrible, (even Ray Stevenson) and considering Bheem was on a mission,

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the first third of the film show him just hanging around with his mate, playing games, riding around on his bike and trying to get lucky. He didn't seem to have a care in the world. I get why those scenes were there because we needed to believe in his and Ramas friendship, but it was just very jaring to go from the Tiger fighting adonis, who would rip through the soul of Dehli to complete his mission to the happy go lucky smiley guy running around with his mate on his shoulders. 

 

Other than that, everything else I loved, even the over the top set pieces that defy the laws of gravity and physics. I'm still not over that gate crashing scene, holy fuck was that something else.

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Watched this last night and loved it. Big Kiryu from Yakuza energy from the fight sequences. Truly epic.

 

I rewatched Doctor Strange in the  Multiverse of Madness before this, and the 3 stars I rated it on Letterboxed I now find stupidly high after experiencing RRR.

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On 26/06/2022 at 11:28, Stigweard said:

My only quibbles would be some of the pacing, the British actors were all terrible, (even Ray Stevenson) and considering Bheem was on a mission,

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the first third of the film show him just hanging around with his mate, playing games, riding around on his bike and trying to get lucky. He didn't seem to have a care in the world. I get why those scenes were there because we needed to believe in his and Ramas friendship, but it was just very jaring to go from the Tiger fighting adonis, who would rip through the soul of Dehli to complete his mission to the happy go lucky smiley guy running around with his mate on his shoulders. 

 

 

You're right of course, but that never bothered me when I was watching it.  Perhaps because it felt like that familiar change of pace that you get in RPG video games, where you're on a vital mission to save the universe, but spend ages pottering about doing side quests to find the ingredients for someone to make a hot pie to take to the guard she fancies.

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My review on this for our podcast has done some big numbers on YouTube (relatively speaking). 5.2k watches in 2 days.

 

Most of it is what Ive already posted above, but still, thought I'd share it anyway.

 

 

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24 minutes ago, Ste Pickford said:

 

You're right of course, but that never bothered me when I was watching it.  Perhaps because it felt like that familiar change of pace that you get in RPG video games, where you're on a vital mission to save the universe, but spend ages pottering about doing side quests to find the ingredients for someone to make a hot pie to take to the guard she fancies.

 

Yeah I suppose so. I guess with a game though there isn't that same feeling of urgency.

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Just up to the intermission card on this. (Why do super long Hollywood movies think they’re too good to have an intermission?) It’s just lean, effective, four quadrants entertainment. That one dance number actually made me want to dance which is a miracle.

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This film is fucking amazing. I can't believe how bonkers it is and in the best way imaginable. 

 

I thought I saw the dance off coming and wasn't sure if it was going to happen and then it did in an absolutely brilliant way. 

 

There's even a pretty woman style make over scene. 

 

It's bloody great. 

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Just finished this. It's fucking brilliant. Film of the year.

 

Like yes, it's totally over the top and ridiculous, but it's so sincere. It's not post-modern, it's not ironic, it's not undercut by a marvel jokes and knowing glances.

 

It's stupid but it believes itself and so you believe it too.


I'ld make the same argument for Top Gun 2 - both are post-marvel action. So, so good.

 

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Yeah the undercutting of almost all drama with a glib line in the MCU is totally absent from this and so much better for it.

 

And the end bit in the forest puts any hawkeye set piece to shame (although I've not seen his TV show but I doubt it's anywhere near as good as the bit with the arrow in the tree, to not spoil stuff).

 

I'm still slightly reeling about how much fun it is (and is also very well directed and does all the things films should do like setup and payoff, character arcs, great goodies and bad baddies etc).

 

Also works as a good salve at the moment when it's embarrassing to be British to see the rich gits get some comeuppance :D

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4 hours ago, LaveDisco said:

Just finished this. It's fucking brilliant. Film of the year.

 

Like yes, it's totally over the top and ridiculous, but it's so sincere. It's not post-modern, it's not ironic, it's not undercut by a marvel jokes and knowing glances.

 

It's stupid but it believes itself and so you believe it too.


I'ld make the same argument for Top Gun 2 - both are post-marvel action. So, so good.

 

 

That's a really good point, actually. The Marvel winking, sardonic humour feels really tired now. Sincerity in intention feels more fresh.

 

Also, more sincerity in action too, in the sense of Cruise's attempts at lunatic stunts, McQuarrie's attempts at genuinely thrilling action, or RRR's attempts at just making action absolutely beautiful moving action images.

 

Cases in point in terms of visuals from RRR, the fireworks behind Rama Raju near the first climax - just so beautiful - or the animals leaping from the truck in slowmo scene - it's the gang of superheros in profile shot that Marvel have never managed to deliver. Stunningly composed in a way the MCU never seems to achieve.

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It's the slow-mo that really makes the action sequences, for me. I know it's a stylistic thing but it also makes them so clear and easy to follow. They're also largely set in broad daylight, and even the night scenes are properly lit.

 

Action sequences in Western movies (including Marvel) are the complete opposite these days - rapid jump cuts, frame rate trickery, often shot in very dark locations. I appreciate this probably does a lot of heavy lifting in terms of disguising stunt doubles etc and maybe it's superficially "exciting" as it seems very fast and frenetic but it's often pretty hard to follow. RRR seemed like a real breath of fresh air.

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6 hours ago, Garwoofoo said:

It's the slow-mo that really makes the action sequences, for me. I know it's a stylistic thing but it also makes them so clear and easy to follow. They're also largely set in broad daylight, and even the night scenes are properly lit.

 

Action sequences in Western movies (including Marvel) are the complete opposite these days - rapid jump cuts, frame rate trickery, often shot in very dark locations. I appreciate this probably does a lot of heavy lifting in terms of disguising stunt doubles etc and maybe it's superficially "exciting" as it seems very fast and frenetic but it's often pretty hard to follow. RRR seemed like a real breath of fresh air.

 

Absolutely, the director wanted you to see the action, day or night.

 

Then again, I think the MCU directors have so little influence over the look of their films it's not a fair comparitor.

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There are a lot of things to like. Like how they communicated all the details of the the bridge plan using only stern looks and hand gestures, despite being 200 metres apart.

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