Slumdog Millionaire Reviews
It holds nothing back from the sad, macabre and sometimes gory reality of the life in the slums,
It has comedic and tragic elements that play well together in engaging the viewer. The high octane action sequences get tiring early into the movie however.
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!