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Slumdog Millionaire
Review written on: January 27th, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire Review

A good friend of mine said Slumdog Millionaire was “the best movie I’ve seen in the last five years,” and since movie recommendations don’t come lightly from him, I decided to give the flick a chance.

I didn’t know much about it, aside from that it takes place in India, so I went in with a pretty open mind. I tried to block out the fact that it got more Oscar nominations than another other film this year, and not let that affect me in any way.

I’m glad I watched it. Slumdog Millionaire is absolutely fantastic. I wouldn’t say it’s the best movie I’ve seen in the last five years, or even in the last year, for that matter, but it certainly is amazing. Danny Boyle (director) is brilliant, absolutely brilliant.

The movie itself is complemented extremely well by the fantastic soundtrack that accompanies it. While the music isn’t something I’d listen to “in real life,” it fits perfectly with the movie, emphasizing scenes, characters, and events. Without the soundtrack doing its part, this movie wouldn’t be nearly as perfect as it is.

The story, in case you don’t know, is of a poor young man from a slum in Mumbai (India), who gets on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”, and does extremely well. The people who run the show think he’s cheating, so they have the police interrogate him, to find out. In the interrogation (which is most of the movie), Jamal (Dev Patel) recounts his horrific childhood and its experiences that lead him to know the answers to these questions. Each question gets asked, and we’re taken (via a beautifully done flashback) to a story from Jamal’s childhood.

That may seem like a boring movie, right? Throw in an amazing fairy tale love story, about a boy who knows he’s in love with a girl from the moment they meet, but destiny keeps pulling them apart. Jamal’s struggle to find Latika (Freida Pinto) across a country of billions of people is heartwarming.

Slumdog Millionaire tells a story of young man stuck in poverty, who has a chance to change his life, and the lives of those he loves. Over the course of two hours, you fall in love with Jamal and his fight to survive.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually loved this movie. I fully expected to hate it, based on my previous experience with how awards shows work. But I didn’t, I absolutely loved it. It was warming, endearing, touching, and real. Danny Boyle is an amazing director, who was lucky enough to have a great cast, and wonderful story to work with. You should check this movie out, before it leaves theaters. You won’t regret it.

 

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