Paul's Review of Slumdog Millionaire
I was lucky enough to have the time to attend an all-day movie marathon at the theaters. It was pretty amazing: $25 for five Oscar nominated movies with bottom-less soda and popcorn. Life couldn't get any better.
After getting settled I had to watch three movies before I got to the coup de gras. First it was "Milk", then "Reader, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", and then "Slumdog Millionaire." ("Frost/Nixon" followed and it was a great movie too).
I never heard a thing about this movie. In fact, with the exception of "Benjamin Button" I had trouble remembering if I even heard about the others. So, I went with my friend and his family not knowing what to expect. When it finally came to "Slumdog Millionaire" I was constantly on the edge of my seat.
I think to fully appreciate the movie, the viewer must have been outside the U.S. at least once. I lived for some time in the Philippines toward the Negros Occidental region so I can say with authority that this movie was very realistic. The filth that is prevailant in third world countries brought back memories, along with the people who are happy regardless of where they are. The myriad of colors and the crowded and busy life of the city was what I experienced whenever I had to resupply in a big city. The setting is very realistic and is every bit what you would see in a third world country.
The characters are likable and complex. The children echo third world children who face perils everyday but are somehow enlivened by it. The activities they did in the movie where what I watched some children do in a run-down basketball court.
But enough about my memories. Let's talk about the actual movie and story a bit. I really enjoyed the setup. It left me wondering where the story was going to go. Also, it was a great way to show how our character grew up and how his relationships with all his friends and family changed over the years. I don't think there was any moment within the movie where I had to tap my foot impatiently and beg the movie to continue. The movie was quick and to the point, rapidly bringing us up to date as to why the character is in his peculiar situation. It is simple at first glace, but then we are slowly exposed to the love interest who seems to take precedence over everything that involves the young protaganist. (Including his jealous, yet caring older brother). I've already written too much. Just go see it. It's worth it. I promise.