This a Covid-19 2020 minireview!
Number of Times Seen – 2 (9 Dec 2014 and 3 Aug 2020)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the life of a simple Indian lawyer who ended up becoming the leader of millions in the fight for equality and freedom in India from the British rule of the country.
Bottom Line – Amazing film that works on so many levels. Ben Kingsley is superb in the title role and was definitely deserving of his Oscar for Best Actor for his work here. The film is presented in epic fashion and it really shows how much of a passion project this was for Richard Attenborough who spent decades trying to get this story made. The supporting cast is also great and features Candice Bergman, Martin Sheen, John Guilgud, Edward Fox, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Ian Charleson, Richard Griffiths and Nigel Hawthorne. The story plays out really well and allows us to see how he was able to slowly make changes that effect so many millions of people along the way. Despite the film running more than 3 hours, it doesn’t drag along at all and finds a way to stay engaging throughout. The film won 8 of 11 Oscars including Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Gandhi’s funeral scene employed 300,000 extras, which makes it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest number of extras in one scene. This is a record that is likely to remain, as huge crowd scenes these days are largely done via CGI. The extras were not paid, they were all volunteers who came to honor the memory of Gandhi. This scene was shot on January 31, 1981, the 33rd anniversary of Gandhi’s assassination, and employed nineteen different cameras. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)
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