Slumdog Millionaire Review

Slumdog Millionaire is a wonderful tale, so originally told, about life, love and, most of all, destiny. What drew me to Slumdog Millionaire was the fact that its such an original and yet entertaining idea. I could tell there was a good story here, but you would need the right storyteller/director and that’s just what they got with Trainspotting’s own, Danny Boyle. Visually the movie was incredible, which is surprising because hearing about the movie it doesn’t sound that visually appealing to the eye. Danny Boyle expertly used different angles and color to make these slums look both dirty and beautiful. 

Slumdog Millionaire is the story of a young “slumdog” named Jamal Malik whose participating in an Indian version of the show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. One question away from the top prize, the show runs out of time. Jamal is roughly interrogated by police to tell them if/how he cheated. All are skeptical because not even doctors or lawyers could make it this far. Jamal explains how he knew each individual answer through different expiriances he’s faced in his past life. We then see how Jamal grew up and went through many events that all helped him later in this very show. 

Jamal tells a believable and epic tale of his life and love, but the question that still remains is why is this show so important to a boy who seems to have no care for materials or money. That and many more questions are answered in the coming-of-age story of Slumdog Millionaire. The acting is top-notch and with no big name actors the movie seems more real in the mind of an audience member. This movie has something for everyone and it will be enjoyed by anyone, you might think I’ve given away a lot, but what I’ve said is revealed in the first 5 minutes. This film has been getting a lot of well-deserved oscar buzz and I agree that the movie should be nominated, but sadly it does not deserve the win.

Grade: A+

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