#115: 3 Idiots (2009)

When and how did I watch this?

August 6th and 7th, 2016, on a random site.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

A highly acclaimed Indian Bollywood film about a trio of college grads making sense of their past.

What do I know about it now?

More delightful than I expected.  Those who don’t appreciate well-choreographed musical interludes and occasional culturally-slanted slapstick may not care about this film at all. The story, told in a “flashback” form, is gripping from start to finish, with established characters early on and featuring numerous dramatic themes and elements interspliced with typical young adult college hi-jinks, a love story, and a thrilling series of conclusions. Yes, there are multiple resolutions, and rarely will you find films of this magnitude that manage to grant catharsis multiple times in the same sitting without weakening any subplots. Rancho is a compelling guy, often standing up to “the man” and delivering some of the best monologues you’ll find in any film.  If you’re into it, a couple of the musical numbers are very catchy.

What are some themes in the film?

Socioeconomic class, suicide, love, friendship, futility

Did this affect me personally?

Yes. I was moved multiple times.

Why is this ranked #115?

It has every right to be as high on the list as it is, despite what American norms for cinema might be. The film broke numerous records and received universal critical acclaim, and while that isn’t really “enough” for a list like this, the trumpeted hope and occasional whimsy might change your mind. Indian voters likely pushed this one high up the list.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She loved it. She immediately believed it was the best film so far.

Would I watch it again?

Sure.  It’s a fun film, reminiscent of older American films that didn’t take themselves so seriously yet addressed heavy handed topics.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

By all means.  You’ll never forget it.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Indeed.  Just about everything has already been said — it has the tangibles and intangibles that make up a legendary film worthy of garnering the title of “great”.

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