Better than the first one but is it still overhyped?
When Shiva, the son of Bahubali, learns about his heritage, he begins to look for answers. His story is juxtaposed with past events that unfolded in the Mahishmati Kingdom.
Native and/or alternative titles: बाहुबली, The One with Strong Arms
Languages: Telugu, Tamil
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Director: S. S. Rajamouli
Writer: K. V. Vijayendra Prasad
Cast: Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Ramya Krishnan, Sathyaraj, Nassar
The most successful Indian film at the Box Office. The grandest Indian film ever. VFX extravaganza!
I just saw Bahubali: The Beginning yesterday and today I saw the part two – Bahubali: The Conclusion. I am glad that I chose to watch it. It was fun! But was it the grandest ever….? Here are comments from my review of the first film and how the second film fares compared to the first one. Let’s find out~
One of the best stories: This is one of the two comments that I hate the most about this film. Especially after watching Bahubali. Even before watching it, I could not find any charm or anything special about this film. Absolutely nothing. Now, after seeing the movie myself, I can happily mention that the story of the film is average at best (without people pointing fingers at me for making comments without even watching the movie first). This plot has been recycled way too many times and is totally predictable. Except for the cliffhanger at the end, nothing stands out and seems unique or special. Adding to this, in comparison to the contents of the movie the movie itself was way too long. A long and predictable film = ultimate boredom (this is maths, can’t go wrong with it!!)
Nothing much really changes in the second instalment. The story is still predictable and still quite unnecessarily long. The only thing that was holding my interest was #WKKB. Once the #WKKB was revealed, my interest almost fully fizzled out. I lost interest in the upcoming events. The movie on a whole was predictable but overall better than the first instalment which catered few unnecessary scenes which really annoyed me. Here despite there being some annoying scenes, they were quite entertaining this time ‘round especially the ones with Devsena (Anushka Shetty) and Varma (Subbaraju). The story was loosely woven together and the part before the interval was much better than the second half. But, fortunately, the movie was never mind-numbingly dull even for a minute so kudos for that. Despite its length, the movie’s ending felt really rushed and everything was wrapped up quite rapidly which makes me really question whether it was required to make the movie so long or is just an Indian tendency to make longer than necessary movies.
It has the best VFX among all the Indian films. A VFX better than even most Hollywood films. It outclasses Hollywood VFX: This is the second of the two comments/arguments which I hated about this film. Granted that this film has an astounding amount of good VFX shots (considering it is an Indian film, and I don’t trust anything to be great which has ‘India’ and ‘VFX’ in the same sentence. Of course, hoping that I am proven wrong in the very near future~). This film definitely has quite a few good VFX shots but it also has a lot of amateurish VFX shots too. Sort of feels like completely different people and teams made different parts of the same movie. But, it certainly has better VFX than many other Indian movies like ‘Ra.One’, ‘Robot’, and ‘Krrish’. None-the-less can one honestly say that Bahubali had better VFX than ‘Avatar’, ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Gravity’ or the old classic ‘Jurassic Park’ (which came out almost 25 years ago)!!!! I read a quote somewhere, don’t remember where or who said it, “A CGI is not a good CGI if you can tell that it’s a CGI”.
It may not be true is all situations but here it definitely hits the bull’s eye. Compare the tyrannosaurus-rex of Jurassic Park with the bulls of Bahubali…. Can you tell which is fake or less realistic? (To does who say that T-rex doesn’t actually exist anymore so we can’t come… Save it! You know I am right so just admit it). The T-rex made in 1993 still looks far more realistic than the bulls made in 2017. In fact, those bulls (and a long list of other things) seemed completely out of place and the VFX can be compared to those of the low budget 3D films. Mind you, I am not looking down on the VFX of Bahubali. In my opinion, it is the best VFX of any Indian film made till date (If there is a better one then please let me know!). To people who compared Bahubali to Hollywood movies and hailed Bahubali to be better and outclassed the Hollywood…I would suggest you watch a Hollywood movie first.
This instalment has visible improvement in the VFX department compared to the earlier one. That does not mean it was perfect. There were still many patchy VFX shots but overall the VFX is much more coherent. So basically there is a balance here, balance between equally good and equally worse VFX shots but also a few “AWESOME AF” VFX shots! Despite the improvement, my points still stand that let’s not compare this with Hollywood, please. It is awesome on its own but clearly Hollywood has produced much better works in terms of VFX at least. The technological cap is clearly reduced but still very much prevalent.
Now, talking about the characters…
My favourite character is Kattappa (Sathyaraj). He is a man of honour, he is sensible, loyal to his superiors, down-to-earth and without a doubt a strong character indeed. These are some of his qualities that made me root for his character. I think wasn’t just me but everyone loves Kattappa.
Everyone loved and still loves Kattappa for various reasons. He is a man of honour, he is brave and only bows before his immediate superiors, he is down-to-earth and loyal to a fault. These are only some of the reasons why people love him. In part 2, very few of these qualities are visible. On top of that, some of his actions go against his inherent characteristics. In general, Kattappa comes across as quite a weak version of his previous self (i.e. in Bahubali: the Beginning).
Another character whom I liked is Rajmata Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan). She is righteous, has a strong will and is sensible as well as powerful, she also has natural leadership skills. For me, she was the strongest character in the story.
Another character which seemed to go in a completely different direction than in the first part was of Sivagami Devi. I have quoted why I love her from my review of Bahubali: The Beginning. Here is the second part, she is heavily flawed, at least in my eyes. Flaws are present in every individual but here she felt like a totally different person for most of the film. While Katappa felt a little different, Sivagami Devi seemed to have taken a 180° turn and was simply impossible to digest.
The other main characters were their usual self, nothing significant to be mentioned about them. Mahendra (Prabhas) is quite underwhelming compared to Bhallaldeva (Rana Daggubati).
The Action sequences were generally quite good. But I enjoyed the action of the previous Bahubali better. I felt it was more realistic. This one has a lot of over the top actions that are way too stylised for my tastes. It is not an out-n-out fantasy film but some things do cross over quite far into the borders of the fantasy realm.
If you ask me whether Bahubali was bad? Or if it sucked? Then my answer would be No, not at all. In fact, it was quite entertaining and interesting. I would recommend it to anyone if they had some time to kill. It has great VFX and brilliant sets. It has a higher entertainment quotient than its predecessor. I can definitely understand its appeal to the mass. However, I still feel it is overrated and overhyped gravely.
By the way, while writing this a friend of mine took a peek at what I wrote and said that “This movie is a pride of India” (I remember seeing something like this on FB as well). But, is it? In my opinion, this is definitely a milestone for the Indian entertainment industry in producing higher and better quality films but I, personally, feel that this is only in terms of VFX and also it is only a milestone. We definitely have much further to go before we can our films on the international platform (though definitely a few gems keep popping up ever so often).
Have you seen this movie? If yes, what do you think about this movie? What is your opinion? Do you think that Bahubali is the ‘pride’ of Indian cinema? Comment below! If you have not seen it, does it sound interesting to you?