Monday, March 23, 2009

Saw Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire Review

The awards and rave reviews are justified! Wonderfully shot, and an amazing cast. This is an excellent film in my opinion.

What's it all about?

Slumdog millionaire chronicles the endless bounds of love. Although premised on love, the story is not at all mushy-gushy. It is refreshingly real and hard. Jamal (played by Dev Patel and Ayush Mahesh Khedekar) and Salim (played by Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail) are brothers orphaned by circumstance, and on the run. Along the way, they are joined by another orphaned youngster Latika (The very stunning Freida Pinto). The three journey through the streets and are ultimately separated due a series of misfortunate events. Jamal's quest to reunite with Latika eventually leads to his appearance on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" Jamal's climb to the top of the pay scale, leads to accusations of fraud and cheating. He is detained, tortured and asked to prove why a common street "slumdog" would know the answers to all these questions without being a cheater. He recalls events in his childhood that have provided his knowledge as to these answers, and his life story is told through these sequence of events.

With many betrayals, twists, and comical moments; Slumdog Millionaire is one of the better movies I've seen in recent years. It is largely entertaining and smart. It fades in and out of subtitles, giving the movie a more authentic air to its Indian roots. The Indian music (which is very new to me) was really catchy and I liked its original sound (at least to my immediate and predominately Western-Culture musical repertoire). The subtitles are modern, non-invasive, and I actually liked the way they appeared visually on the screen.

Overall, I really don't have any complaints about this film (at least ones that won't give the whole movie away). I would solidly recommend this movie to any person who has the intellectual fortitude to sit down and enjoy a foreign film with intermittent subtitles. It is an entertaining film, and highly enjoyable. A great work of art.

(Slumdog Millionaire, IMDB is the respective owner to information resources & images used in post.)

  • Directors: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan
  • Writers: Simon Beaufoy and Vikas Swarup
  • Accolades: Won 8 Oscars, Audience Award, ASC Award, BAFTA Film Award, Critics Choice Award, and many more.

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