Monday, March 9, 2020

Review: Baaghi 3

Release date: March 6, 2020
Running time: 143 minutes
Starring: Tiger Shroff, Shraddha Kapoor, Riteish Deshmukh

In Baaghi 3, Ronnie (Shroff) has always been overprotective of his brother (Deshmukh).  He helps him succeed in life and is always there to get him out of trouble.  And when he gets kidnapped by a warlord, Ronnie will again come to his aid using only his wits, arms, and abs. 

Being a Tiger Shroff movie, I expected there to be some overdramatic lines, slow motion fighting, and disappearing shirts.  However, this movie took that to an extreme.  Although there was not a lot of action until the last bit, the fights that did occur seemed to be entirely in slow motion.  It was disappointing given that I had just seen Tiger in War, and really loved his skill and dance-style fighting.  But in this movie, that is hampered by fights that seem to be more about showing Tiger doing slow motion moves and highlighting trying to make the fights even more ridiculous.  From superhuman jumping, to sliding under a tank doing the splits, to using a helicopter door as a shield (that doesn't cover his legs but still manages to block multiple machine guns), everything about this is over the top but not in a good way.  I guess there is a certain amount of fun ridiculousness to the fights but it was tough to appreciate with the amount of overproduction going on.  

On top of the sub par action, the story of this film made very little sense.  It both took too long to develop and when the main story finally occurred, it was very disjointed.  The build up to the main part of the movie took a full hour.  Once the main part started, there was little action and a lot of detective work to set up characters.  It was an odd choice for a movie that bills itself as the ultimate action movie.  And to top this all off, the ending itself was unfulfilling.  I understand what they tried to do with it, but the ending felt ridiculous and then topped that with an even more ridiculous final scene.  

Baaghi 3 has over the top action, but it both does not have enough action and the action it does have strays into ridiculousness very quickly.  

Pass On It

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