Few films deserve an #encoRRRe like this one.
Even though S.S. Rajamouli’s psuedo-historical action musical epic RRR is currently streaming on Netflix, those curious in checking out the historic moment for Tollywood cinema can sneak in a showing today at various theaters around the county, including Nashville’s The Belcourt.
The film is playing at The Belcourt at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. today, giving Nashvillians a chance to see the film that is second all-time at the box office for Indian releases in the U.S. and third all-time in Indian film history. For tickets, pop over to The Belcourt’s website and snag one before it’s too late.
Over at The Playlist, I reviewed the film and gave it an “A,” praising it as a major moment in international film crossing over and making an impact.
To seek out something new, something unexpected, is part of why the theatrical experience is so near and dear to so many of us. In a market that rarely rewards in surprise for spectacle-driven entertainment, RRR feels like a godsend. The film’s soaring success overseas and respectable North American box office haul so far marks this a historic moment for Indian cinema on American shores. RRR has the power to transport you back to the epics of old, times where studios were willing to invest millions of dollars and mounds of resources into high-flying historical extravaganzas that remind you of the power of the silver screen.
Like Parasite and Drive My Car, it feels like the type of international release that could remind American moviegoers to look past the art being made at home and immerse themselves in the beauty of global cinema. People who hand-wring about movies being dead really need to check this one out. RRR proves that, yes, cinema is alive and well, but only if you’re willing, every now and again, to look past your backyard.
If you’re able and haven’t yet (or just want to give it another spin), head over to The Belcourt today and give this fantastic film a chance. Hey, if you’re moved to dance during the bombastic “Naatu Naatu” musical number, we won’t judge. Heck, we might join you.