Disney has decided to branch out in their home video offerings and bring us this release from India under the labeling of “Disney World Cinema”.
The first thing you need to understand before watching Indian cinema is that there’s a definite art form at work here. This is a very colorful movie and has some pretty amazing sets and locations. This is not your typical Hollywood movie and there’s a structure to these films.
Typically (but probably not always) you’ll see the following:
1. Main story
2. The story within the story (usually giving us an insight into the main character’s past)
3. Musical numbers (these can be either elaborate stage musicals or outdoor numbers that involve lots of beautiful landscapes and changes of seasons).
As the first ever Disney Telugu fantasy adventure, Once Upon a Warrior is about a swashbuckling warrior on an epic quest to save a mystical young girl from a wicked Queen in the ultimate battle between good and evil. In the tradition of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Prince of Persia” the film features an all-star cast including Siddarth, Shruti Haasan and Lakshmi Manchu.
Word of caution, this one’s PG-13 (for violence and scary images) and definitely not appropriate for the younger kiddies.
You’re also going to need to turn on the subtitles (unless you happen to speak Telugu) if you want to understand the film’s dialog.
Give yourself plenty of time to watch this one too! The run-time on this one is 133 minutes (that’s 2 hours and 13 minutes).
There are some moments in the film where you may feel lost, give it a chance though and see it out til the end. Mostly, it’s a love story and a pretty good one at that. There are some moments in some of the film’s fight scenes in the last 1/2 hour or so where it gets a little “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” with characters flying with swords a bit unrealistically through the air but hey, it is a fantasy after all.
One thing is for certain, you will walk away from seeing this movie saying “Lemons and Melons!”
You’re just going to have to see it to believe it and know what I’m talking about!