Movie Review: SAG Award Winning Slumdog Millionaire is One of the Best Movies of the Year

Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan made one of the finest movies of the year. I loved this movie. It was well made, finely directed, excellently executed, and spectacularly acted (and it did not abuse adverbs so heinously).

Dev Patel plays the main character, Jamal Malik, an Indian boy from the slums of Mumbai, who haphazardly ends up on India’s, Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The drama of his life – and his love for Latika, played by costar  Freida Pinto – propels the movie through both past and present. I want to refrain, however, from talking about the plot, because going in blank will make it all the more poignant.

What compelled me most was a look at a life and culture – one experienced by millions and millions of people half the world away – so distant from and unfamiliar to my own. Truly, an American such as myself can’t even imagine what it is to grow up as Jamal has, and the way in which this life was so accurately portrayed is something to be wondered at. In depicting life in an Indian slum there was no pity or sorrow, woe or misery.  The movie just showed it as it is, never attempting to pull at our heartstrings or to make us sad for the billions of lives harder than our own. It just showed us through this captivating story. And that was enough.

The cast of Slumdog Millionaire won the Screen Actors Guild’s award for outstanding performance by a motion picture cast, and boy howdy did they deserve it. They were all spectacular.

10 Chocolate Salty Balls.

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3 Responses

  1. I thought the movie was fantastic–I just blogged about it and my experience with India myself. If you liked Slumdog, I recommend reading White Tiger.

  2. Thanks for the book recommendation – I’ll definitely look into that. You were in India? How was it? Did you find yourself exposed to anything comparable?

  3. this is one of the most amazing movies ive ever watched it funny inspiring a definte work of art its truly and amazing love story

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