Sunday, February 01, 2009

Slumdog Millionare: A Movie Review

He is eighteen. He is a teenager. He is a call center agent assistant and had lived in a miserable life since his childhood days. Yet, he beat the odds and won 20 million Rupees.

Directed by the talented Danny Boyle (28 Days Later and Sunshine), this movie muses on the life of a teenage millionaire who allegedly accused of cheating by the host since it is utterly impossible for a slum dog to answer all of the questions in the show. Despite the maltreatment he received from the authorities, one by one, Jamil Malik (played by Dev Patel) recounted his life from the struggles of his childhood life to the desperation of finding his first love, Latika (Freida Pinto). Bit by bit, he gave explanations on why he managed to answer the questions flawlessly and eventually won 20 million Rupees. Each question is coincidentally related on his life. He didn’t need to be intelligent to answer the questions in the show.

This is not your typical flick. It poses great acting, as well as the cinematography. This is a movie that bursts with narrative force, enveloping in a poignant romance. The plot was well presented and it was a compelling and a heart warming movie.

No doubt that this movie bagged four Golden Globe awards.

Every moment of his life is a clue to the answers. Every question brings him closer to his one true love.

And oh, I really enjoyed the credits. Let’s sing and dance to the beat of JAI HO! :)))))

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