Slumdog Millionaire Reviews
Jamal who wants to find his long lost love Latika, goes on a game show called "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire". After he's suspected of cheating, he's interrogated and he starts to explain how he knew all the answers.
To say that this is expertly shot would be an understatement. It would be nearly impossible for another movie to win "Best Picture" over it. Every shot is amazing and not a single one seems worse than the last.
The clever structure of the film uses the backstory to explain how he knew each of the answers to show what life is like for much of India's population. Even some of the more disturbing things that go on are detailed very well in the movie.
The actors all did a great job. Especially the younger cast which is rather surprising considering that this is their first time acting for many of them. They acted well and I was sold in the first 20 minutes.
Unfortunately, the film's strength falters near the end. Blaming plot contrivances on "fate" seemed lazy and the happy ending felt a bit hollow to me. But besides this, this is still a powerful and moving film which will entertain you all throughout it.
This is a great movie. It has great acting and it was expertly shot. The movie details violence well and it's handled greatly too. This is Danny Boyle's best movie since Sunshine and Trainspotting.
When the film transitions into present day it suffers from cliched characters,(One note villains and dirty cops) bad dialogue, and an underdeveloped love interest. In the end, nothing feels earned. The moments on the game show lack suspense due to the fact that the audience is given the knowledge of our protagonist's accomplishments when the film first begins. Boyle knows this, and by the end, tries to make up for it by creating forced suspense involving the smarmy game show host feeding Jamal a wrong answer. Gee, maybe Jamal won't succeed after all! Oh Boyle, what a trickster.The film is trying to establish a destiny/meant-to-be type of story telling, and I get that, but the film strings the audience along the entire time with no sense of anticipation, and expects us to be rewarded by two individuals finally sharing a kiss that isn't earned. "The money doesn't matter." All that matters is that he finally found that girl who he kind of knows, and if he kisses her scar it may make it seem as if they actually share a deep love. As the credits roll, there is the sweet sound of some kind of Bollywood dance igniting the screen seconds after the death of a MAJOR character. "The dirty hoodlum did his good deed now light his ass up! It will be a great way to tack on some last second sympathy." Talk about one of the most overrated films in some time.
I do think Benjamin Button should have won Best Picture over this though!