Let’s make one thing at the outset: This is not a banter post. I found the first part decent but the second was a big let down. There are a few, very few, as a matter of fact, sequences and scenes that stand out are shot extremely well. Secondly, I won’t down the movie because of its animation. It’s the best they could do with the money they had. And let’s face it, even the biggest of the Hollywood movies, for instance, Batman v Superman has, what it seems like cheap VFX. Dissing the movie just because it’s popular will be unfair to everybody who’s involved in the film (not like they care for the criticism, but still). Then why write this post right? If I find no fault in the movie, why spend a couple of thousands of words, right? Hear me out. All I’m trying to say is the movie, though is not a bad one, it’s overrated. They wanted to make an epic but failed.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD
For a moment, ignore the movie is a period drama. Ignore the movie is a visual spectacle (if that’s what it’s called). Ignore it has been directed by SS Rajamouli and its star cast. When the movie is stripped down from all these masks, and the story is seen under a microscope, what do you see?
The male protagonist is in a land far away from his home. He somehow ends up in his hometown. Finds a love interest, who’s angry with him the beginning. A song, where she’ll fall in love with him. Finds out the truth about his father, that he belongs to a royal family. Finds out he was killed and his mother is being tortured by his own kin. Then he avenges them. Doesn’t it seem like you’ve heard the story before? It’s just like most of the Telugu movies. Even Prabhas himself has acted in a couple of movies (of which I know) which have more or less the same storyline. So, the story is not extraordinary or even out of ordinary. Half an hour into the movie, we know how the movie is going to end. Mahendra Baahubali will kill Bhallaladeva. We only have the faintest of the idea how they are (or might be) related. We know no reason whatsoever why he will want to kill him, but we know Bhallaladeva has to die.