Wow. That's really all that can be said about Ben Kingsley taking on the role of Gandhi. Wow. This was worth (finally!) seeing just for his performance. He completely, mentally and physically, disappears into this role. Easily one the best acting roles I've ever seen.
This is a BIG movie. Not just in length, but in content. I feel bad in how lacking I was in regards to the story of this man, and of India's history. I knew small bits, but never the whole story. Presuming this movie is mostly accurate, I remain astounded at how much of a difference one man can make.
The movie gives a wonderful portrayal of a country in turmoil. People starving everywhere, and with little possessions to speak. The British seemingly completely uncaring to the plight of the citizens. The whole scenario was ripe for a "savior". The people needed someone to speak out for them, and they got that person in the guise of Mahatma Gandhi. The British trained lawyer turned peaceful activist for change.
The cinematography is great in how it shows both the good and bad views of this country. Unlike LOTR and New Zealand, I have no interest in going to India, but I totally appreciate the beauty of country for what it is.
Definitely one of the better movies I've watched in a long time. I'm glad I finally took the time to watch it. I think everyone should. It's so sad that we humans are so hung up on killing each other. We never learn, even when great people come along to show us, in a painfully obvious way, what is right. This movie left me with a sadness for the state of our world. If only there were a few more Gandhis walking about.