(Review originally written at 17 June 2004)

Watching this movie is a great history lesson. I actually watch some scene's from this movie in history class when I was still at high school.

"Ghandi" tells the true story of a truly remarkable character that changed an entire nation. The story is told with lots of visual splendour, with good locations and cinematography, which are also two of the few categories for which this movie received an Oscar.

But the biggest strength of the movie is not in the sets or cinematography but in Ben Kingsley performance. Not only does he look like Gandhi but he also acts like him, including his walk and certain gestures. The cast is filled with many big names such as Martin Sheen, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Nigel Hawthorne and Edward Fox and some famous Indian actors. But unlike Attenborough's other movie "A Bridge Too Far" it isn't a celebrity overkill mainly thanks to it that all the other characters are all just mainly play small parts in the movie and the main focus is and stays on Gandhi.

Sure there are some slow points in the movie but they don't make the movie less interesting to watch, believe me, I watched this movie VERY late at night and I didn't felt sleepy for one moment. I was intrigued by the movie and its main character.

It's a bit of a shame that at times the story is very one sided and the English are portrayed like mindless villains. Kind of like the same way they are portrayed in "The Patriot". But still it doesn't take away the importance of the movie.

A good history lesson.


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