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+

Top Ten Films of the 90s

This is a really fun top ten list to tackle. I’m a 90s kind of guy so most of my favorite movies come out of the 90s. It’s fun to look at the 90s because what you get are some movies that people think are classics now and some movies that people think are still new and will be thought of as classics eventually. There’s a lot of different opinions you can have on this decade, as with any, but this one especially. Well, let’s get to this list.

10. SE7EN

An incredibly plotted and graphic thriller, that allows you to figure out the case through grisly murders instead of just showing you them first hand.

9. Ed Wood

A hilaurious and realistic look a the worst director of all time. Everyone big or small deserves to have their story told.

8. The Usual Suspects

A complex, well-acted, crime thriller with an ending that’ll leave any man speechless.

7. American Beauty

A close and astoundingly interesting look into the lives of the not so ordinary.

6. The Silence of the Lambs

An excellent “classic” about the tracking of a serial killer through the conversations of a much worse one.

5. Goodfellas

The documentary-like drama is by far one of the best mob movies ever made and without question surpasses The Godfather in my opinion.

4. The Shawshank Redemption

An epic and inspiring look at prison life and friendship. A  movie that will never be forgotten, it is number 1 on IMDB TOP 250.

3. Unforgiven

The best western there is that flips around sides and forces you to root for the wrong one. Or is it?

2. Pulp Fiction

From the incredible dialogue, to the teeth cringing violence, Pulp Fiction will now and forever be known as a classic.

1. Fight Club

The psychological thriller has just about everything. Great acting, great characters, great writing, story, directing, ending, etc. Fight Club is a masterpiece and always will be.

#43 Mark Renton (Trainspotting)

He’s the fast talkin, charmin, herione addict.

  • Actor: Ewan McGregor
  • Quote: “I Chose not to choose life.
  • Action: Has a shot of herione after being sober for a few months in order to test the herione their going to sell.
  • Clip(s):