“The White Tiger,” directed by Ramin Bahrani

Movie, 2021

Rags to riches tale of a member of a low-caste Indian family, which he achieves through his driving an influential family. The interesting themes and story are matched with some great locations and the contrasts between the haves and have nots, and all the difficulties and corruptions which keep these distinctions in place. The problem, however, is in the voiceover narration, which outstays its welcome and very much feels as if it’s keeping the film underpowered and in a lower gear than it might have been. Still, if the feel of the film is affected, the scenes are often hugely dramatic, although they’re not always allowed to play out naturally, and the film, sadly, feels a little ploddy and tricksy.

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