Movie Review: 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Movie Review: 'Slumdog Millionaire'

Summary: A teen from the slums of India makes it on the show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.”

Published November 18, 2008

slumdogSummary : A teen from the slums of India makes it on the show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” His intelligence is questioned when he comes closer to winning.  Did he cheat or was it written for him to win?

Review : Every year there is a “Slumdog Millionaire,” a low budget film that spreads via word of mouth and eventually explodes as a classic. This is exactly what is happening with “Slumdog.” I have heard so much about the film that I thought I would be disappointed because my expectations were too high. Well, even with my high expectations “Slumdog Millionaire” did not disappoint.

“Slumdog” is directed by Danny Boyle , who has made one of the better horror flicks of recent years, “28 Days Later” and” 28 Weeks Later.” The England native obviously has an eye for strong imagery, fluid storytelling and solid actors. However, he seemed to knock every element out of the park with “Slumdog.” It is the type of film that lives with you after you leave the theatre. The movie you will talk about with friends, recommend to family and the flick you will buy as soon as it hits DVD.

The core of the story is Jamal (Dev Patel ) and Latika (Freida Pinto ) who are childhood friends. The film follows their journey together and while Patel and Pinto are perfect in the roles, it’s the children of “Slumdog” that truly make the film.  Almost as if they were plucked right from the environment they are portraying; their performances are sincere and aching. The children drives the story home and makes you invested in the film.

The greatest part of “Slumdog” is that it transcends all boundaries: race, gender, class and region. Having never seen a Bollywood film, “Slumdog” proves there is a whole genre that is being ignored. Thankfully, “Slumdog Millionaire” has been able to break a door down.

“Slumdog Millionaire” is in select theatres now.

Written by Clay Cane

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