Few men in human history have impacted a nation as the Mahatma did. This movie is a glorious depiction of the man and his transition to greatness.
The essence of Gandhi's awakening against injustice in South Africa is well captured. The visuals and emotions of India in the early 20th century are breath taking and deeply inspiring. Scenes like the massacre of 1600 unarmed Indians at Jalianwalagh Bagh by General Dyer followed by his shocking deposition before a British panel; Gandhi's march to filter salt that leads to commoners daring the police as they do likewise and Walker's emotional reporting of the following attrocities; a British judge's dilemna as he sentences Gandhi to jail; Gandhi's stubborn decision to fast unto death that eventually stops strife in newly independent India; and his weak, barely audible interaction with a Hindu who has killed a Muslim child as revenge for his son's death will remain etched in memory forever.
Clearly, the movie celebrates Gandhi, and the Indian freedom struggle is shown centered around him, which may not go down well for those more interested in the latter. The roles of Nehru, Patel and numerous other leaders of the time are frequently undermined. Also, Gandhi's inability to reason with Jinnah and Nehru for the seperation of India at independence is not justified.
Ben Kingsley is superb as the resolute yet obstinate, peace loving and modest Satyagrahi - "The little Indian in a loincloth".
A must see, and a must have.