Around the world, and playing on over 1,000 screens in the United States, an epic three-hour blockbuster unfolds to rave reviews and sold-out audiences. It may seem to mean The Batman, but at this point we’re referring to RRR, the Indian action-drama epic that critics call “everything that makes the cinematic experience great, all at once” (IndieWire). Hailing from acclaimed Indian director SS Rajamouli, known to international filmgoers for his two Baahubali feature films, the film is historical fiction, telling the story of two leaders of the Indian Telugu revolution against British colonial rule. His three-world title (shortened to initials) translates to “Rise! Roar! Revolt!”
The film’s official short synopsis simply reads, “A fictionalized story about two legendary revolutionaries and their journey far from home before they start fighting for their country in the 1920s.” In the film, actors Ram Charan and NT Rama Rao Jr. play the roles of historical figures Alluri Sitarama Raju and Komaram Bheem, flanked by fellow Bollywood stars Alia Bhatt, Ajay Devgn and Praksah Raj. Among the actors there is also someone that MCU fans will recognize, Thor and Punisher: Warzone star Ray Stevenson, plus Alison Doody from A view to kill and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. You can watch the amazing trailer of RRR below.
Releasing this weekend worldwide, Deadline reports that RRR has already set the record for the biggest opening day ever for a local film in India after an estimated $18 million on Friday. Combined with its worldwide run, the film earned $30.5 million on its first day worldwide. In the United States, the film is said to be on its way to a $12 million opening weekend, making it a worldwide hit. At the time of this writing RRR has a 9.1 rating on IMDB by users
IndieWire‘s Siddhant Adlakha gave the film an A grade, writing in part: “A moment of betrayal, for example, is marked by a fiery chariot wheel coming undone and striking one of the characters right in the heart, and this is not is only about the tenth or fifteenth craziest thing that happens in this whole setting.” PolygonKatie Rife of , called it “a busy film, full of kinetic cameras, bustling crowd scenes, elaborate set design, expensive CGI and loud sound effects”; but noted that rather than being “over-stimulating”, the film feels “more like pleasant exhaustion after a good workout”.