Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is more fun that Conan The Barbarian, Conan The Destroyer, and Red Sonja combined
Baahubali 2: The Conclusion isn’t a cheap outing. Even screenings before noon cost 15 bucks. But I dare you to find an instance where you get more maximum entertainment value for your dollar.
Not only is the swords-and-sandals movie from Tallywood more epic, more badass, and more fun than Conan The Barbarian, Conan The Destroyer, and Red Sonja combined (and you can throw in Ben-Hur, Gladiator, and 300, too) but every single, painstakingly composed frame could be used to decorate a ’70s van and/or a Harlequin paperback.
Co-writer and director S. S. Rajamouli’s box-office smash is completely stylized, totally unironic, and a full-on hoot with superhero sensibilities, Shakepearean drama, and hyper colors and crazed pacing that can only come out of India.
There is no filler from the moment Prabhas makes his entrance as our hero (effortlessly busting out of barred castle doors pulling a gigantic statue of Ganesh as if he were the Kool-Aide Man mixed with God) to his death (which everyone knows is going to happen whether they saw the first movie or not). Probably not more than a minute passes until the actor returns to play his vengeful son in a sort of Chow Yun-Fat’s A Better Tomorrow II moment, and then there is more gravity-defying action and tear-jerking emotion.
You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll be counting the years until you see another movie this awesome.
Catch it at Atlantic Times Square so they book more Indian movies.
AMC Atlantic Times Square 14
450 N. Atlantic Blvd.