Baahubali 2: The Conclusion Reviews
The last film felt more organic, this one throws everything at the screen, and it’s hard not to submit.
Baahubali 2: Rajamouli never loosens his grip on the narrative. Prabhas is a hero to celebrate. This is the rare sequel that is better than the first...
I enjoyed the first part enormously. The second one comes to life only intermittently. Leaving the theatre, you can’t help wishing that Kattapa had killed the fellow earlier, for us to get a tighter, more economical and perhaps sharper conclusion.
Baahubali is a delight for all those who enjoy cinema as a visual medium, there is not much else, though.
There’s hardly any plot, the fight scenes are over-the-top and lengthy, the climax is a bit predictable, and you’ve got to be ready for a marathon viewing experience as the run-time is on the higher side. But Rajamouli’s grip of the visual medium overcomes these faults and with the help of the technical wizardry – Peter Heynes choreographing the stunts, Kamalakannan supervising the VFX, Senthil Kumar behind the sublime camera work, Keeravani composing the music and Madan Karky penning the dialogues, Baahubali 2 is worth a watch for the eye-candy.
Better viewed as a whole instead of parts, Baahubali is a spectacular achievement, which not only deserves its place in history but also proves filmmakers should dream big and more often.
Despite its gargantuan cast, there are not more than 10 people in Baahubali who actually talk; the others merely exist as echoes. These are people forever chanting their support, nodding their heads in accord, or following directions.If you think about it, this lop-sided view of heroism is in complete disagreement with the spirit of great movies. But in a world of sheer campy values, as this one, such problems became the very essence of the experience.
Rajamouli is an exceptional storyteller and craftsman. It is in excess that the strength of Baahubali 2 lies and it makes no bones about it...
Indian cinephiles must salute Rajamouli for his vision and ambition. He once again gives us our Benhur and Ten Commandments experience rolled into one. Of course it is CGI and VFX that grab you in your seat, but Baahubali also takes you on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The romance between Devasena and Amarendra has the Titanic fervour. While the performances of the lead cast are all believable, it is Peter Hein’s action—with Baahubali doing the Van Damme split and some sweeps that set your spirits soaring.
...the film would probably go down as campy and often over-the-top where the actors arch their eyebrows at every opportunity and warriors use palm trees as weapons of war. It is because Rajamouli never lets up in his attempt to deliver a spectacle that has to be enjoyed in theatres that “Baahubali 2: The Conclusion” is a worthy conclusion to this epic series. It may not up the ante from the last film, but it doesn’t let up on the pace either. For an Indian film, that is no mean feat.
It's a fantasy film and it delivers on that promise. You are transported into the world of the kings and warriors, of brave men and petty politics. The film engages you so well that you will cheer for Baahubali every step of the way, and curse Sivagami for being blind to his noble ways and getting manipulated.
Baahubali: The Beginning ended with the question that left everyone perplexed. Bahaubali: The Conclusions leaves you with another: How long before viewers are treated to another Rajamouli film? Is Bollywood the next stop? Will it be another magnum opus? How does he top this gargantuan effort? The wait will be a while, but then Rajamouli through Baahubali movies has proven that patience has its rewards and that those who dream and dare can succeed.
Baahubali 2 is as big as the first one, maybe even better. A thoroughly entertaining action drama. Watch it for super amazing Prabhas and Anushka Shetty.
...the BAAHUBALI franchise has successfully created its own world and some incredible characters that are sure to stay with you for a long, long time. Talking specifically of BAAHUBALI-2, it's a feast for moviegoers and has the trappings to make all generations its fan. The film is sure to vanquish previous BO records and rewrite the rules of the game. It shouldn't come as a surprise if it turns out to be the biggest grosser of Indian cinema. East, West, North, South... BAAHUBALI-2 is akin to a typhoon that will end the dry spell at the BO and go down as a textbook on how to make a solid entertainer. EPIC BLOCKBUSTER.
Baahubali 2 is the pitch perfect follow up to 2015's Baahubali. While it doesn't have the same panoramic adventure of its predecessor, it does make up with grand scale and precise execution. This movie is worth the hype. Its worth wading through the crowds and sitting in a theatre seat for 3 hours. This film deserves the moniker of being India's biggest film. Epics don’t come as glossy and detailed as this epic adventure.
BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION is an hauntingly eternal, ambitiously spectacular masterpiece that delivers on all fronts, having all the arcs for a swashbuckling blockbuster, the S.S. Rajamouli directed epic fantasy in reality is a lesson on how to conclude a sequel, making it bigger, better and unforgettable in the end. Was sad that BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION has to finally end but glad that the audience faith in the magic of larger than life cinema that worships Indian mythology and pays tribute to Indian ethos is back and backed by the BAAHUBALI (means strong and powerful) shoulders of makers like S.S. Rajamouli who is now a phenomenon in mainstream cinema. Go experience the power of cinema in all its beauty and Indian grandiosity, watch BAAHUBALI 2: THE CONCLUSION right now.
Audience Reviews for Baahubali 2: The Conclusion
except fighting scenes ,movie is power pact
The Conclusion is indeed the beginning of great cinema, Indian Cinema.
BAAHUBALI THE BEGINNING took entertainment and Indian cinema both to new heights. So obviously it raised the expectations from BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION. And undoubtedly, the conclusion lives up to every expectation and proves to be rather better than the Beginning. Largely because here we have every good element needed for a perfect film, present in this film. I watched the film twice on the big screen. Such great films should be seen on the big screen and not on pirated prints.
BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION is a perfect film which defines Indian cinema and culture. This isn't just a film, it's a grand celebration that must be celebrated at theatres. We don't get to see such great films daily. This film is really better than the Beginning because it offers more intensity, emotion, high voltage action, splendid visuals and goosebumps-inducing sequences. Even while watching it second time, I got goosebumps in certain sequences. This is really an unmissable family entertainer. There's no vulgarity or obscenity in this film. Kids can definitely watch and enjoy this film.
The best part of the film is...the entire film! I can't describe in words how entertaining this film is and it's really hard to choose only one or two scenes as favourite. SS Rajamouli proves himself yet again, along with his entire team. Every single character will be remembered in the history of Indian Cinema. Besides, there's a lot of creativity visible in BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION. From the beginning to intermission to the end: each and every scene is 100% engaging and wonderfully shot. The action sequences are very enjoyable and perfectly executed. This is really the BEST action film ever, ever, ever.
The visuals are breathtaking. Splendid and presented with sharp details, the visual effects make you fall in love with the film. Prabhas is as entertaining and excellent as usual. Rana Daggubati is excellent in his role. As a character you'll hate him but as an actor you'll salute him. Anushka Shetty impresses big time. Sathyaraj...I mean what an actor! His performance is absolutely perfect. The music is really good and will stay with you for long. Cinematography too deserves a special mention for capturing this film in an excellent way. And how can one forget to praise the writer Vijayendra Prasad, who wrote this epic? Just praising won't do. A big salute!!!!!
Undoubtedly, BAAHUBALI THE CONCLUSION is the best film of Indian Cinema. If you liked the beginning, you'll definitely like the conclusion. Even if you didn't, you'll love this part. And I loved both. The Conclusion however is, as I said before, better than the Beginning. Come on, now don't look at some of the (undoubtedly mindless) negative reviews and watch this film with your family, but not on pirated prints. The film's bluray will be releasing soon and I've pre-ordered it. One or two viewings aren't enough!
Best : Direction , acting , production design
weakness : over the top ( at times )
Concludes With High Drama, Faulty Action, And Authentic Emotions. ♦ Grade C+
The frenzy and thirst for more that the first part started and caused in 2015 had to be quenched by content that has more power, more action, and more grandeur. This epic romantic drama, which is South Indian director S S Rajamouli's eleventh feature film, has the combined effect of all these factors, but is unsurprisingly let down by lack of logic.
Resuming exactly where the first part ends, the story follows king- slave Kattappa's (Sathya Raj) narration of the past events that occurred in the Mahishmati kingdom and how they directly led to its degeneration under the rule of the foxy and narcissistic Bhallaladeva (Rana Daggubati). Shiva (Prabhas), upon realizing his lineage, has to save the kingdom now and settle some scores...
Predictability is all over the place as you follow the flashback story involving Bahubali (Prabhas), who uses a method previously sampled by the protagonist in the 2005 Tamil film "Ghajini", to woo Devasena (Anushka Shetty), the fiery queen of a nearby smaller kingdom. Bahubali, with ample help from Kattappa, fool around with Devasena, as humor and borderline slapstick enter the concoction (but do not stay for long), which soon shifts to high drama as the lover boy's brother, Bhallaladeva, now has his eyes on Devasena. It's a ploy actually, which he masterminds with help from his crippled father, Bijjaladeva (Nassar). What ensues is a game of shifting, smarmy egos and value of integrity between Bahubali and his aunt, Sivagami (Ramya Krishnan), whom he regards as his mother. How things take a swift turn to what led to the events in the first part is what essentially the first two hours of this film is. It is up to Shiva to bring back the kingdom's glory by doing what is right: unshackle Devasena, his mother, and take back what is lawfully his.
There is enough substance for an average film-goer to look at and appreciate here. Starting from the opening credits, which poses as a prologue and a visual narration of the first part so that you can brush up, to the high-octane stunts that defy logic and science to derive magic, the good old melodrama, and an obvious yet satisfying answer to the eternal question derived from part one's climax. While Bahubali 1 banked on structural storytelling and a pretentious climax to hook its viewers, Bahubali 2 uses more firepower and style. On that front, it is imperative that we give the makers full marks for efforts and storytelling. Romance between Bahubali and Devasena is strictly martial, but is still palpable to our hungry senses. As is evident from the loads of social media mentions lauding both of these characters' authenticity and idealism, if there is one thing that you will take away from the Bahubali films, it is the virtues that these characters adopt and explicitly endorse. Also, there is this faint sampling of didacticism swaying around in the plot - whether it is trying to erect a feminist character like Devasena or showcasing the brutal kingdom affairs of the bygone era or the sexist nature of things - the pedagogical element is present, making the film overwhelming to some.
Having said that, there cannot be any excuse to the substandard CGI that is at show here. The degree of implausibility blows through the roof, yet it's the heroism that comes to the rescue in every single frame. Why the characters do not succumb to their injuries may be retorted by mythological and religious references, but for a learned viewer, there are going to be issues with the film. Weighing these issues with the grandeur and volumes of melodrama makes us reach to a conclusion which is slightly positive, only if you consider the entertainment value.
Director Rajamouli's storytelling should be lauded, and film students may want to take notes. He directs his cast well, and in order to describe them, we must first appreciate the casting. I cannot imagine anyone else playing these characters with such finesse and fidelity. Prabhas is magnificent in his portrayal as the hero of the people, and puts up a tireless show in both the films. His nuanced performances as Shiva and Bahubali - two characters with little difference - can be counted as one of the biggest defining factors of the franchise's success. Same goes for Daggubati as the classic villain. However, if I had to choose one star who shines like the greatest of all, it is Shetty, with her electric performance as Devasena. Sure, Bahubali supports her as the independent woman that she is, but her idiosyncratic stances on causes that matter to her, and her dialogues are all so defining (and relatable to the recent feminist uprising), it will be harder to not understand why she is the cinema character of the year. Nasser and Krishnan are equally good, but Sathyaraj is the man who will be remembered for his role and portrayal ten years for now, after Prabhas.
Overall, there is enough for viewers to both love and hate here. Which side you delve into more depends on how you perceive the sequences that make up the film. If you are someone who judges a film's watchability on the basis of its score, screenplay, and cast performance - then this is going to be a fun affair. If you aim for the plot holes or the poor CGI, then disappointment is going to be your friend.
BOTTOM LINE: S S Rajamouli's "Bahubali - The Conclusion" is a tightly-packed doll of goodies about kings, queens, love, and deceit that will entertain you most of the time. Arguably, one of the most entertaining films of 2017, if you choose to watch it, do it on the big screen. Go for a weekday show!
Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES