Slumdog Millionaire Reviews
So here I go with my take on the film which got 8 Oscars, a hundred + more Awards and had three Indians winning Oscars for a British film with an Indian Heart. I would have ruffled a million hearts by that opening statement itself about the the origin country.This one from Danny Boyle (Now this is a Director I dig!!) and he does portray the slums of Mumbai with more energy than a Salaam Mumbai though not equal pathos. It has the young kids giving mature performances all kudos the Director and you almost wished they didn't grow old (no offense Dev Patel!!). It has AR Rahman catching the spirit with the right strain of music and Jai Ho was like a typical Bollywood Item Number, as it was totally unnecessary had group dancers, absurd location and foottapping rhythm.
This film is not glorifying poverty and the miseries, but only portrays with an eerie impressionable edge to it which is sometimes uncomfortably close to the reality. The script is beautifully woven into a string on film, the sounds rock, editing so Boylish as seen in Trainspotting, 28 Days later etc and the ending so euphoric that it jolts you into celebration of the human spirit. The kids speaking in English in accents is a bit jarring and the so is the convenience of justifying a Slum boy knowing the Quiz questions. Anil Kapoor gives a good performance as he tries his best to undermine the protagonist with his condescending attitude. The Washroom scene is one of the highlights of the film. Amitabh and Shah Rukh must be ruing not answering Danny's calls for this role. Irrfan Khan who has now made a few International films plays the Inspector with the right pitch and Freida is good for the part she is handed. The narrative does past forward rewind but all in accordance to the requirements and not to confusion which Christopher Nolan so usually does to his audience. The film length is taut and crisp while the British topline crew works magic with the Indian bottom line cast.
Fox Searchlight marketed the film vigorously and the triumph of the human spirit in these times of recession was the clincher for the Juries worldwide at all the Awards from the BAFTAs, Screen Guild to the Oscars.
The film does deserve the attention it has garnered but its surely is not Rahman's best work and it's the Ensemble cast performance rather than one stellar performance which pushes this film to its heights. Jai Ho is the new Congress Poll Anthem, the kids are giving interviews while Sukhwinder is also giving them as to how he couldn't make it to the Oscars.
Danny wants to make another film in Mumbai hoping to hit paydirt once again as the 15 million dollar movie is close to grossing $300 million worldwide (almost as much as the Bollywood makes in one year!!).
It starts of with our hero Jamal's childhood all the way up to him being on the game show. I'm going to try not doing any spoilers since this is one of those movies that shouldn't be spoiled. Seeing Jamal and this brother go though all of this at such a young age shocked me and it still does. At the end it's pretty amazing and so true about good TV, movies, books, and even games maybe.
My friend Don also mentioned this was kinda based on the 2002 movie City of God when I bought Slumdog Millionare at a dollar store recently. Never really saw City of God probably because I was too young and it was an independent movie as well. Anyway Slumdog Millionare is a classic with all of the Indian music and locations as well. Even kinda mocks the Hindu caste system a little in the game show scenes, at least I think. I recomend watching it when you can. It'll make you appreciate what you have in the world.
The movie is directed byDanny Boyle. He was write by Simon Beaufoy and produced by Christian Colson. It was released in 12nd November of 2008. The movie is a Adventure/romance movie. The character played by Dev Patel(Jamal Malik in the movie) is the heroe because we play his life in his memory.
The movie explain how Jamal rediscover Latika, his amorous when they are young. The movie unfold in the memory of Jamal, and how he left his slum : he win "who want be a millionaire". But he is torure by policem because : he come to one slum, he is stupid, he can't win 10 000 000 or he had cheat.
The movie is touching, because Latika and Jamal can't be together exept at the end.The cast is good because we feel sensation when we see they. The musics is sab, but the movie is sad, because he speak to the life of "slumdog". We are surprising to the number when Jamal and Latika are separate.
Salim is enigmatic and manipulative and monstrous because he separate Latika and Jamal two times, but at the end, he join they. He is imperfect but he woul'd like change. Jamal is enjoy despite his bad life. He is very generous.
They are 4 "world" in this movie (3 in the memory to Jamal) and we are confusing sometimes. The scrip is unique with a lot of flash-back.
It's a fantastic adventure who end good( for Latika and Jamal because Salim dead.)
I recomemendation this movie because we are in the head ton one "slumdog" who win the life,and his projet, but I don't very like the movie on the form.