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Slumdog Millionaire (2008) [Jan. 20th, 2009|01:00 am]
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I want to write a million words about how wonderful this film is.

The best way to describe Slumdog Millionaire ... it's a love story told to a police inspector (Irrfan Khan) who is investigating the main character, Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) for fraud stemming from his performance on a game show.

Wait, wut?

Yeah ... the love story is told in flashback, relating each question on the game show to a moment in Jamal's life where he either learned the answer to the question, or didn't. Meanwhile, Jamal's obsession with Latika (Freida Pinto) becomes more apparent as the story unfolds.

Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) and Latika (Freida Pinto).

What I loved ...

Simon Beaufoy's adaptation of Vikas Swarup's Q and A features well-developed characters and a solid story. Many of the characters' little choices had a great effect upon later events. The main three orphans, Jamal, his brother Salim, and Latika, are each played by a set of three actors. Each of these characters has a child, pre-teen, and young adult portrayal on the screen. All 9 actors and actresses did a great job. Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan really made the film look beautiful. This is an amazing task, considering the film spends ample time in the filth of Mumbai's slums.

What I hated ...

Nothing. I really had to stretch to find any faults, and such faults would be major stretches.

Consider any comments as a spoiler section.

[User Picture]From: jmack109
2009-01-21 05:15 pm (UTC)
It's my second favorite movie of 2008! It's very engaging and the 2 hour runtime flies by. You really connect with all of the characters and you end up rooting for Jamal to win with the rest of India. And the cinematography, my God! It's my favorite Danny Boyle movie.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2009-01-23 08:12 am (UTC)
I agree completely. I really felt for Jamal during the entire film. He was so helpless at the beginning, when being 'interrogated,' that a person couldn't help but wonder how he got himself into this mess ... and in short order, he got me deeply motivated to find out the whole story.

I also felt in small measure for his brother. While there is far less sympathy involved for Salim, if it wasn't for his brother, Jamal would have been missing his eyes, among other things. In a way, Salim didn't have much of a choice. However, it was clear that Salim had a numbed reaction to people, as opposed to Jamal. For whatever reason, Salim's coldness seemed amplified around Latika from the start.
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