While I loved this film as a whole, I felt as though Richard Attenborough could have reached deeper into the life of Gandhi--his soul-- by making it a 2 part film. It feels as though the film is a bit flat and factual with almost no flavor. I felt this as well when I watched Chaplin. Something to be said for Attenborough's style, perhaps?
The first 2 hours are impressive enough but it becomes clear during the last hour that Attenborough has trouble communicating the difficult role Gandhi had within a newly independent India. Also, the later more dynamic scenes are weak in staging and dramatic resolution. My most objective complaint is that the movie is 30 minutes too long.
My chronic sleep deprivation made it hard to get into this movie, but once I reached his travels across India the story telling really picked up and the inspiration really shown through. Some parts got a bit confused but carrying off a life story is difficult and they did it very well.
Overly reverential biopic, which although technically competent is dramatically leaden as a result of its slavish school textbook adherence to the Gandhi legend and offers little in the way of criticism - except for the British who are generally painted as wicked and out-of-touch colonials, complete with John Gielgud's Governor stirring away the uprisings whilst drinking his tea (what else does a caricature drink?).