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"Slumdog Millionaire" Review

  • Feb 26, 2009
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Believe it or not, this movie took about an hour for me to start really enjoying. I think the main reason for this was because it was a such a dark film at the very beginning (not saying the whole movie wasn't). Every time Salim did something to hurt or screw over Jamel, I wanted to reach into the screen and hurt him. This is the second film I've seen, the other being Atonement, that has successfully made me hate one toe main characters and in Slumdog that was Salim. He was just such a wicked character whether it was him selling Jamals autograph or letting go of Latika, I just wanted to slap him around. I was also hoping through out the film that Jamal was going to be the one to kill Salim because let's face it, everyone knew that he was going to die at the end, he was to evil a character to keep alive. I hate late redemption for characters like Salim and that's what happened near the end. I don't care if he let Latika go, he was still evil and I think him getting killed by his gang was not satisfying at all.

What was enjoyable about this movie were the scenes that took place during the actual game show. I thought the host was a great actor and I love the bits were Jamal would get under his skin a little, I thought that was very well done. I loved the transitioning between the studio, the police station and Jamals life. Sometimes in movies, this can be very sloppy, but in Slumdog, it was very smooth and well done. Despite the fact that this was a pretty dark movie, there were also great bits of comic relief. Even though it might have been one of the nastiest things I have seen in a movie and almost made me throw up, the scene when Jamal jumps into the giant lake of poo was hilarious after the fact.

This is one of those movies you could take apart and nitpick at all day because there were so many strong moments in its entirety, but this film would not have won a thing if it wasn't for its magnificent score. A.R. Rahman made this movie come alive. I don't care how Bollywood it is, I loved it. When I was watching the Oscars was I rooting for it? No, but then I realized how amazing it was. Same thing goes for the song, "Jai Ho". I didn't even realize it was the song that was in the dance at the end of Slumdog and then I all of a sudden when I found out, I wanted it to win. I truly believe that a movie relies heavily on its score to make a scene wonderful and Rahman succeeded in doing that throughout the film.

Slumdog Millionaire gets a 4/5 for me only due to some of the really dark themes that took place during the movie.

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June 15, 2009
Speaking of Bollywood and going to the opposite extreme, a delightful treat for the eye and ear is "Bride and Prejudice," a playful and colorful take-off on Jane Austen. I've watched it twice so far and will watch many more times -- it's one of those mood-lifting comfort movies. I like dancing while watching.
 
June 15, 2009
Thanks for this. I started but couldn't finish. I can't bear movies where the plot wouldn't move forward if it weren't for some character's meanness, so you affirmed my decision to pass on it. Nonetheless, I admire the movie, based on what you wrote. I fast-forwarded through some of the beginning to get a sense of the visuals and editing. But even at that pace, I was overly disturbed.
June 15, 2009
Ya, Slumdog is definitely a dark film and is not for everyone, I'm glad the review helped! :)
 
May 01, 2009
Jamal kill his brother? God no, then he would be even worse than Salim. Believe me, this movie is nothing like the real Bollywood. Check out my review of ASOKA. Even though its a period piece its far more representative than this films is. Now if Jamal had broken into song and dance while he was being interogated by the police, THEN it would have been Bollywood.
 
April 07, 2009
I loved Slumdog Millionaire, but anyone expecting a serious meditation about the social problems effecting India will be disappointed here - it's entertainment, not a documentary. This is a well crafted, fun, and fast moving film about life, love and dreams in the slums of Mumbai, and is pretty much what I expected from the director who brought us Trainspotting and 28 Days Later. It's a great rollercoaster of a story which takes the audience on a ride through some of the absolute highs and lows of human behaviour before delivering us safely to a sickly sweet finish. Throw in a rollicking soundtrack by A. R. Rahman (who has sold over 300 million records worldwide), and this film really delivers. Along with Mongol, this is my *other* favourite film of 2008. 10/10!
May 01, 2009
What a great soundtrack. Its about the only part of this movie that has anything slightly akin to Bollywood about it--other than the end credits where everyone is singing and dancing. I have to buy the CD>
 
March 26, 2009
What struck me most about this movie was the outrageous class differences. The host of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" was condescending in a way you'd never see on an American game show. In a freer society like ours, people are constantly rising from the bottom or falling from the top. The person you step on today may be your boss tomorrow.
 
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"…If you look hard enough, Life can give you all the answers." This is one phrase I've always been told and director Danny Boyle's adaptation of the novel by Vikas Swarup tells a very whimsical tale. The film has won several Academy film awards, most probably because of its portrayal of humanity. The film is a rousing crowd-pleaser, it is an excellent tale of life, love and delightful destiny. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is a young man on the verge of winning a significant large fortune …
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I know it's been said a million times already and I hate to sound cliché, but it's a statement that rings true every time you say it. Who would have thought Danny Boyle, a man from Manchester could have created such an award winning phenomenon. Slumdog Millionaire is a film I tried to keep away from as long as possible as I didn't want to seem like a person who jumps on the bandwagon. I guess it was inevitable that I was to see it eventually and tonight was the night. It has remained in my memory …
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Slumdog Millionaire is a 2008 British drama film directed by Danny Boyle, with co-director Loveleen Tandan, and written by Simon Beaufoy. It is an adaptation of the Boeke Prize winning and Commonwealth Writers' Prize nominated novel Q and A by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.

Synopsis
An eighteen-year-old from the slums of Mumbai finds himself competing on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," where the questions he must answer offer a look back at his earlier life. The show's host, however, insists that he must be cheating and takes steps to force young Jamal to admit that a boy from such an impoverished background could not possibly possess the knowledge necessary to win the show's top prize.

2008 Oscar Nominations
  1. Achievement in Cinematography
  2. Achievement in Directing
  3. Achievement in Film Editing
  4. Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Score)
  5. Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song, "Jai Ho")
  6. Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song, " O Saya")
  7. Best Motion Picture of the Year
  8. Achievement in Sound Editing
  9. Achievement in Sound Mixing
  10. Adapted Screenplay
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Movies, Foreign Films, Foreign Movies, Reel Overseas, Bollywood, Indian Films, 2008 Oscar Nominee, 2008 Best Picture Oscar Nominee, Oscar Winner, 2008 Oscar Winner, 2008 Best Picture Oscar Winner, Best Picture Oscar Winner

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Release Date: November 2008 (US)
Runtime: 120 Min

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