Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Digital Review - The Warrior Queen of Jhansi (2019)

Sometimes, I purposely delay writing a review because I didn’t like the movie, which brings me to The Warrior Queen of Jhansi, a 2019 period piece that Lionsgate Home Entertainment released to Digital and DVD nearly two months ago. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were no DVD review copies available, so they sent me a digital screener to review.

Produced, co-written, and directed by Swati Bhise, the 104-minute movie tells the true story of Rani of Jhansi (played by Devika Bhise), a 24-year-old general who leads a battle against the British Empire in 1857. In India, she’s considered a feminist icon and is known as the Joan of Arc of the East too many. Her sacrifice started a series of events that lead to the downfall of the British East India Company.

The movie also stars Rupert Everett as Sir Hugh Rose, Ben Lamb as Major Robert Ellis, Derek Jacobi as Lord Palmerston Jodhi May as Queen Victoria, and Nathaniel Parker as Sir Robert Hamilton.

I’ve been told the DVD has the following special features:
  • “The Making of The Warrior Queen of Jhansi” Featurette
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer

Final Thoughts

I know very little about India's history, so I knew nothing about Rani before watching this movie. After being intrigued by the movie's synopsis, I became interested in watching it. Sadly, it's one of the worst historical films I have ever seen. It's poorly directed with generic cinematography and horrible action scenes. The acting is hideous, though I wouldn't put too much blame on the cast because they were working with a bad script with campy dialogue.

Please, don't waste your time watching The Warrior Queen of Jhansi!

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