'RRR' - Movie Review

"RRR" is last year's Indian box office success story. It shows us an imagined meeting between Komaram Bheem (N. T. Rama Rao Jr.) and A. Rama Raju (Ram Charan) before they became heroes of the revolution against the British Raj. Bheem is trying to rescue a child from his village who's been abducted by British Governor Scott Buxton (Ray Stevenson) and his wife (Alison Doody), while Raju initially appears to be a very dedicated and extremely physically capable police officer of the British Raj.

The two first meet without knowing anything about each other when they both decide to rescue a young boy trapped and about to die in a rail accident. The two exchange a couple hand signals, and then - perfectly in tune - manage a complex, perfectly co-ordinated, and physically impossible rescue. After which we're treated to a bonding montage on the bromance of the century.

But all is not well: Bheem is trying to find a young girl in defiance of the Raj, and Raju is the attack dog set to stop him, so they must eventually come to blows. And what blows - the fights are epic, impossible. Each protagonist is captured and tortured, horribly - in ways that would have broken any mere mortal physically and psychologically, but our heroes fight on. And after they realise they're on the same side, they're unstoppable.

This is one of the stupidest movies I've ever seen, which is impressive given the sheer number of movies I've watched in my life. For the three of us watching, there was a lot of laughter and no awed appreciation. It appears that we're in a minority, as this movie has not only blown through box office records, but also has a 95% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you're okay with over-acting and a complete defiance of the laws of physics and medicine, this is a lush and ridiculous movie. If you're not okay with those things, this is a steaming pile of crap.