Baahubali: The Beginning is a Telugu film, written and directed by SS Rajamouli.
This movie is the first in a two-part saga, and, as is usually the case, is the superior film.
Let me start with the things that I did not like about this film.
The biggest selling point of both these movies are the visual effects, which are on a scale so grand, they haven’t really been seen in Indian cinema before. In this first installment, there are some effects that work (which I will touch upon later), and some that really don’t. This is particularly noticeable in the first act, and occasionally later on. However, the effects smooth out as the film progresses.
My only other complaint is that there are characters that change completely in the blink of an eye. What I mean by this is their traits, motivations or opinions flip over instantly in order for the plot to move along.
However, this first film’s positives heavily outweigh the negatives, which in reality are only nitpicks at best. The movie has an ideal run time, and progresses quite well from beginning to end.
The characters in the story are alright, although I do feel they shine multiple times brighter in the sequel. This is not a problem, but rather an indication of good development, and that is nice to see.
The effects, especially towards the end, are very reminiscent of scenes from The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers. In comparison to that film, the last act of this movie is epic in scale, execution and drama. It also neatly sets up the sequel (better than a Marvel movie, would you believe it?).
The way the story is told in this movie is both good and rather questionable. The way the plot progresses in the first act is somewhere between confusing and making almost no sense, but the film is very focused and gripping towards the end.
This movie will not be the more remembered of the two, mostly because it features more set-up than climax, but I do hope it is remembered widely as the better film.
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