Sunday, January 4, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Fast-paced, musically robust, strong characters, flashback storytelling linked back to main plot by pop culture game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Sounds enticing?

Based on a novel called Q & A by Vikas Swarup, the movie opens as Jamal (Dev Patel) is being violently interrogated for cheating on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. There's no way a slumdog like you would know the answers,' bark his interrogators. Thus, the storytelling begins.... The life of Jamal is examined, from his first tragedy to the most recent. Visually stunning, you experience the frenetic joyride accompanied by a feverish soundtrack. The pace chokes a little near the end, but not enough to botch up. With its vivid colors and constant action, this is one to see on the big-screen with powerful speakers.

This is an epic love story. The main three roles are played by three sets of actors to portray the three main characters Deal or No Dealas they age. The young child actors are adept at humor and drama. Supposedly, they are real street kids from Mumbai.

Slumdog's been nominated for four Golden Globes: for Best Motion Picture--Drama, co-director Danny Boyle (of Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and 28 Days Later directing fame) for Best Director - Motion Picture; writer Simon Beaufoyor for Best Screenplay - Motion Picture; and for A.R. Rahmanand  for Best Original Score - Motion Picture. Fingers crossed!

Directors: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan

Country: UK

Genre: Drama

Run time: 119 minutes

Scale: 5

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