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A 2008 movie directed by Danny Boyle

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Is That Your Final Answer?

  • Apr 14, 2009
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In these dark times people are looking for hope. They are looking for leadership. They are looking for understand for their fellow man. They want to see dreams come true, and love prevail. If these are what you are looking for, then I can't point to anything else other then "Slumdog Millionaire," a British film that while funded and directed by the British, is an adaptation of an Indian story about a young boy who lives in the slums and gets a chance at instant success. In that one sentence you can see traces of a classic underdog story and a hopeful fantasy. The boy is named Jamal (Dev Patel), who starts out the movie being interrogated by Indian police under suspicion of cheating the hit game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" (though Regis Philbin is not the host for this version).

The boy tells his life story through flashbacks. These flashbacks, but with present day scenes of the game show, reveal how circumstances in, got him the answers he needed to get so far in the show. But for him this is all irrelevant. How he got the answers doesn't concern him much, he's not even that interested in winning the money. No, he's more concerned with getting his face across the world so that Latika, a girl who he's been in love with since childhood, will see him and come find him. Every time we see Latika we see her as a beautiful woman. Perfect and loving in every way, but also constantly out of reach, like many of the dreams we have. Dreams that life seems to want to stand in the way of sometimes.

It's easy to see why this movie has as many supporters as it does critics. The movie is pure fantasy and borderlines on being cotten candy. Rags to riches stories are assumed to be manipulative, but rarely is it more evident then in this film. The kid goes onto to TV, and not only has life set him up to know these answers, but they are asked in chronilogical order of his entire life, giving us the opportunity to see the flashbacks in the correct order. Those who can't suspend disbelief are not welcome to watch this movie, it may be too much of a stretch for their fragle little minds. That said it's also wonderfully moving, giving us characters we care about above all else, and the suspense during the game show moments actually reminded me why all of America was so fixated with the game show when it originally aired in America. It just goes to show how universal this stuff really is.

It's hard not to relate to this movie, and yet early on people were debating whether American's would "get" the story. Being that the movie is filmed with unknowns, a foreign director, and in a country most of American is unfamiliar with, these concerns seem justified at first, until you start to watch the movie. "Slumdog Millionaire," while taking place in foreign lands, is about as uniting a film can be. A movie where everyone has felt the emotions going through Jamil, have always searched for that perfect girl, who has a dream they can just never get to come true. Without stars mugging for the camera, we are left with a simple story whose heart shines ever so brightly. A masterpiece among other things, "Slumdog Millionaire" is one of the best films of the year.

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September 04, 2009
And it's got one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard--this from someone who never, ever notices soundtracks!
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review by . April 14, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
There is an underlying sweetness to Slumdog Millionaire which is belied by its overt brutality. This movie is a nasty, gritty and very realistic depiction of the slums, but in the end it proves to be an uplifting, heartwarming, and inspirational fairy tale and love story in the vein of Walt Disney. The very hard life which Jamal, the main character and hero of Slumdog Millionaire, reveals before our eyes makes us root for him harder than most other protagonists over the last decade. Jamal is a very …
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2010
I read the advertisements and couldn't imagine why I'd like it, but it really does pull you in.
Quick Tip by . September 25, 2010
Excellent storytelling from a great director, fantastic cast and superb narrative
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
This movie was phenomenal on every possible level. Breathtaking cinematography, heart wrenching human interest, engaging characters, unpredictable plot, sincere romance, original dialogue, and super super tense moments. I wish I could see a movie this good every time we go to the theater!!! If only ; )
review by . May 18, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
"…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 …
review by . November 16, 2009
   I enjoyed this film but I did not feel it was as great as all the hype it has received.  The director uses flashbacks in a confusing manner starting with an adult Jamal being tortured in a Mumbai police station.  We are then treated to all kinds of flashbacks with an adult Jamal playing the India version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire and a very poor kid Jamal being abused by his bully brother Salim.  Salim locks Jamal in an outhouse when the local celebrity comes to …
review by . March 03, 2010
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This story is so well crafted that the viewer suspends their reason and disbelief, and by the end of the movie we all overlook the simple but persistant message of the film... women are stupid.        Having an almost entirely male cast (one of the two female characters is quickly bludgeoned to death in the beginning of the film,) the focus intensifies on the singular female character.  The writers and directors would have us believe that as a "helpless" little …
Quick Tip by . June 30, 2010
awesome movie..i love watching this movie over and over again
Quick Tip by . June 07, 2010
UNBELIEVABLE. What an incredible movie. Really moving, eye-opening, and overall entertaining. Can't wait to read the book as well.
review by . February 25, 2009
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.

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

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