There is a term among the film community known as ‘sequelitis’, which essentially means that an anticipated sequel to a popular movie fails to meet expectations.
That appears to be the case with the sequel to Baahubali as well.
Picking up from the cliffhanger in the first, this movie exists to answer all questions and inevitably settle everything in at the end.
The first problem with this movie comes in its tone, which is so polarising between the first and third acts that it feels like two different films. On the same note, it might as well have been two films, because unlike the first film, the sequel is too long. There are noticeable things that could have been removed without hurting the movie one bit. It would, in fact, help it. It would be more gripping and less of a drag.
The movie’s strongest characteristic (pun intended) is its characters, who are well motivated, have good arcs and play off each other well. However, the titular character has one major flaw and it’s in his apparently invinciblity. This isn’t an alien concept to cinema, but in doing something like this, stakes are almost certainly eliminated.
The story, although somewhat predictable due to the nature in which it’s told, is also rather intriguing. However, towards the end, it feels a lot like The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King. This is not the first Lord of The Rings comparison I’ve made, but in this instance, it is because of how it ends. While Return of The King appears to end and then have another scene, and repeat the same cycle about five times, this movie stretches out its final act quite a bit. Perhaps a better comparison would be with Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, in which the final lightsaber battle between Obi Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker is brilliant, but then just goes on forever.
Finally, this film blurs the line between the impossible and possible even more than the first, with some sequences being flat out ridiculous.
The sequel to Baahubali: The Beginning is not as good as its predecessor, but is still an entertaining movie, with a huge scale and daring creative choices.
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