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   This movie has an online cover Lagaan (2001)
Directed By: Ashutosh Gowariker

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Last Reviewed:2003.08.18

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If you had told me i would sit for over 3 hours, watching a movie about a game of cricket, a game i know absolutely nothing about, and love very second of it, i would not have believed you.

This is an utterly fascinating movie. It successfully manages to grab your attention and hold it until the end. The good writing slightly overcomes a good, if standard, story, and makes you really love and care about a great group of characters.

The musical numbers are very nice, with great music throughout the entire movie. One thing that fascinated me the most though was the cinematography. The sharpness and clarity of the images, especially at night time, was astonishing. They must have used some special technique in the lighting, or film processing, to achieve that. The night-time scenes had such a high contrast, and it looks like light was one-sourced, as to mimic a bright night with a full moon. If you pay attention, in most scene, you can single shadows only being cast. It created quite an impressive look overall. This quality for the cinematography is something i haven't seen often in an Indian movie. The art direction was also spectacular. The costumes and sets were just plain wonderful.

The only blemish in this overwise great movie is the performances of the "british" characters. In particular, Paul Blackthorne as Captain Andrew Russell is plain awefull and detracts from the rest of the performances which are generally good. Imagine a guy with a stong Aussie accent trying to play a British Captain, and unable to really make it. Add to that one a massively overacted performance and this was enough for me to spoil several parts of the movie.

This is something funny in general. I find that Americans and British, portrayed in Indian or Chinese movies as a matter of fact, always suffer from overacting and plain bad acting. This is probably also due to the unlikable roles they often portray, and the writing which often charicatures their bad-guys aspects.


- Laurent Hasson