Sunday, December 28, 2008

Slumdog Millionaire

USA/UK/India 2008

After coming within one question of winning 20 million rupees on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" 18-year-old Mumbai "slumdog" Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is arrested on suspicion of cheating. While in custody, Jamal regales a jaded police inspector (Irfan Khan) with remarkable tales of his life on the streets, as well as the story of Latika (Freida Pinto), the woman he loved and lost.

A typical kinetically shot drama with elements of black comedy that we would come to expect from Danny Boyle. This film chronicles a convoluted storyline of Jamal. Once a what is called "slumdog" of the ghetto slums of India, Jamal meets a little girl.
Throughout time the two are separated on several occasions for years at a time. Jamal's desperation for the love of his life reaches it's peak as he becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?"in order to reach out to his childhood love, Latika who loves the show.
As Jamal sits at the ring of the show on live television, he begins to make history answering all the questions correctly which has never been done before. Accused of cheating, he his temporarily incarcerated, tortured and questioned on how he knew all the answers. He then tells his life story of how coincidentally he knew all the answers to the questions. This really makes for a great viewing.
Danny Boyle is not daring for being able to make and choosing to make different genre films. He is well rounded and is inspired by all aspects of life.
It doesn't make him daring to make a heartfelt rags to riches love story based in India from a novel. It makes him genius and eclectic showing that other people's work is an inspiration to him. Also there is an uncredited co-director for India, Loveleen Tandan. Great movie.

1 comment:

Existential Yellow Snow said...

I thought this was one of the worse movies I've ever seen, but yeah, your blog is pretty awesome...