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Adipurush (2023) movie review and synopsis.

Recent complaints from frustrated employees at Marvel’s visual effects studios make it easier to see why an SFX-driven event title like Adipurush can cost so much and still look so bad. It’s harder to understand how the makers of this film could be happy with key scenes, like when Janaki despairs while she and Raghava are romantically surrounded by a flock of poorly rendered pink flamingos.

Some musical numbers, especially those with Janaki and Lankesh, also suffer from dramatic inertia as many of the character movements only highlight the computer graphics that make the theatrical cut of Justice League look polished. There are ersatz poems and seemingly literal translations of texts and expository dialogue. And then there are the completely fake visual effects that make everything, especially the embarrassing facial expressions of a normally generous cast, look like video game cutscenes. “Adipurush” has layers of problems, in other words, though it’s hard to imagine that most viewers will be able to get past the film’s unreflective surface problems.

There’s some hope at the end, but only if you’re willing to see Adipurus as one of the few trendsetters whose many generic elements bring everything from HBO’s Game of Thrones, Peter Jackson’s original trilogy, God of rings’ and yes, Rajamouli’s ‘Baahubali’ two-parter. Scenes featuring the pure-hearted simian god Bajrang/Hanuman (Devdatta Nage) also shamelessly crib from the recent Andy Serkis-led films focused on the Planet of the Apes shoot. The derivative nature of these often jarring elements doesn’t matter as much as the film’s flat-footed dramatic presentation, which only appears occasionally during the big showdown between Raghava, Lankesh and their armies. relevant.

Adipurush only feels like a directed rather than veiled film during its slowly escalating finale, which pits Raghav, his brother Sesh/Laxmana (Sunny Singh) and Bajrang against Lankesh and his second superhuman fast. Indrajit (Vatsal Sheth). Some of us were looking forward to ‘Adipurush’ because it was directed by Om Raut, who was also joined by ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior’ during the loud and climactic battle scenes. “Adipurush” still looks tough and moves gracefully even during slow-motion battles, but at least the tight focus of these closing scenes gives the film some dramatic tension.

It is difficult to imagine otherwise a movie viewer who, just seeing what is presented in “Adipurush”, will be delighted by this overwhelming spectacle. Everyone on screen floats around a vast computer-generated wasteland, lost in unremarkable roles that devalue their special qualities. Everything is big here, but nothing looks grand.

Now plays in theaters.

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