Slumdog Millionaire

Rating: A-

The less you know about this movie, the better.  It won some Golden Globes, blah blah blah.  Look!  Buy your ticket, sit down and just watch this movie.  

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and directors Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Loveleen Tandan do an excellent job of dialing-in a balance of comedy, high drama, suspense and pure tragedy to make a movie that is fresh and filled with raw passion for the characters involved and their journey.  

This goes in a category of movie that I reserve for films like Reservoir Dogs, Run Lola Run and Fight Club.  Movies that showed me people and places I never knew before and in a way that I hadn’t seen it done prior.  

Hollywood wants you to believe that “Seven Pounds” starting Will Smith is the high drama/feel good movie you and your significant other should go see.  Sight unseen, I can say (and nothing against Will Smith) that it doesn’t hold up to this film.  The trailer was enough for me to reach that conclusion (walking in the rain, really?  Aren’t we laying it on just a little too thick?)

Slumdog Millionaire on the other hand is real.  It’s a movie that when you watch it, every element of it feels real and feels true.  The choices the characters make, the way the movie twists and turns its way to the dramatic final scenes.  It’s a movie that made me a bit teary-eyed.  I’ll admit.  It deserves your money and deserves your support.  

Go and see it.  

Oh and two follow-up notes: I have nothing against Will Smith.  Rent Six Degrees of Separation.  He’s an amazing actor, but I fear that he’s stuck inside of the Hollywood system and won’t be able to make movies like this (or like that) until he finds other sources of financing.  

Also, there is a scene in the movie, and this gives away nothing, where American tourists are portrayed in a favorable light.  Which is nice, considering that we are easy targets when it comes to being stereotyped.  So for that, I thank the people involved with this movie for showing us some kindness.

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One Response to “Slumdog Millionaire”

  1. Mumbai Says:

    I saw Slumdog Millionaire today. Boyle has really done a good job with this movie. While the movie deals with the gory details of the underbelly of Mumbai, it doesnt really leave you with a sick feeling. The story feels like a commentary and at the end you just feel good about the whole movie. Very well done I must say.

    The music score by Rehman is amazing, the actors who played junior Jamal and Salim were the real stars. They were simply too good. Freida Pinto had just 15 mins of screen presence. I think she was overhyped.

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