The Rising (Mangal Pandey) (2005)
Critic Reviews for The Rising (Mangal Pandey)
Sumptuously designed and beautifully shot.
The movie never finds the right balance between momentum and exposition, and way too much historical information has been crammed into voice-over narration.
A gorgeously lensed, well-structured audience-pleaser that harks back to classic Hollywood blockbusters of the '50s and '60s.
This is a big, spectacular film that may even be an education for American audiences. We see little historical spectacle from Hollywood these days and hopefully Bollywood will help fill the gap.
A rousing, well-made epic that deserves to find a wider audience in this country.
Audience Reviews for The Rising (Mangal Pandey)
An interesting movie that centralizes around the friendship between two individuals, one Indian and the other British, during British colonial India. Mangal Pandey saved William Gordon's life, and the two become good friends. Exhausted by many years of cruel tyranny, an uprising begins in search for freedom. Great cast- Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherjee, Amisha Patel, and Toby Stephens. Worthy!
To be honest, movies like Braveheart and Spartacus are really not a whole lot better than this. And Spartacus, at least, is definitely inferior to this one. An entertaining Bollywood epic with musical numbers.
Technically well produced and largely historically accurate. As a Brit I have no problem with the portrayal of most of the Brits as boorish corrupt and vicious even if it is probably somewhat exaggerated. What stops this being a great movie like, say, Lagaan or Slumdog Millionaire is that there is little character development (they are all one-dimensional) and little true emotion wit or humor. As such it falls into the same flawed trap as "The Charge of the Light Brigade" (the version with David Hemings) rather than Zulu or "The Man who would be King"
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