The only reason to wear suspenders (CREDIT: Screenshot)

RRR:

Starring: N.T. Rama Rao Jr., Ram Charan, Ajay Devgn, Alia Bhatt, Shriya Saran, Samuthirakani, Ray Stevenson, Alison Doody, Olivia Morris, Twinkle Sharma, Edward Sonnenblick

Director: S.S. Rajamouli

Running Time: 182 Minutes

Rating: PG-13

Release Date: March 25, 2022 (Theaters)

Sew what? (CREDIT: NEON)

Broker:

Starring: Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Lee Ji-eun, Bae Doona, Lee Joo-young, Im Seung-soo

Director: Hirokazu Kore-eda

Running Time: 129 Minutes

Rating: R

Release Date: December 26, 2022 (Theaters)

I took a bit of a cross-continental trip across Asia at the movies this weekend. First I ventured just about all the way out for the South Korean extralegal adoption drama Broker. So much of society is faced with difficult decisions when someone with limited financial means has an unplanned pregnancy. I came away from Broker thinking, “Now I know that baby boxes and baby brokers are a thing in South Korea.” Every country has their work-arounds, but every country also deserves the hope that we can do better.

As I made my way over to Southeast Asia, it was a much more rollicking time with RRR. I for one certainly rose, roared, and revolted in solidarity! As a couple of revolutionaries struck up a friendship and laid the smack down on British colonial rule, I was getting a very Tarantino-esque vibe of revisionist history. Was S.S. Rajamouli inspired by the dude behind Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained? Or did he come by those instincts on his own? Maybe this is part of the collective unconscious that you find everywhere in the world. Paging Dr. Jung!

Grades:
Broker: Whose Box is It?
RRR: A Wolf Wrapped in a Tiger Wrapped in a Revolution