Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Movie Review of Slum Dog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire - 7/10
Directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan(India)
Cast - Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Freida Pinto

Plot Summary
The story of the life of an impoverished Indian teen Jamal Malik, who becomes a contestant on the Hindi version of "Who Wants to be A Millionaire?", wins, and is then suspected of cheating.

Review
Danny Boyle is one of my top 10 directors.I will watch any movies he has done or will do.His style of storytelling is really breath taking and sure does keeps you stuck in your seat.My favourite Danny Boyle movies are of course Trainspotting and 28 days later.His worst however,is The Beach(Leo Dicaprio).Slumdog isn't what I would call a fucking awesome movie and I certainly wouldn't go apeshit over it either.Yes it has its moments of brilliance and yet it has some really fuckall shit scenes.I really did enjoyed the story and I do find the plot cute yet interesting.Based on the novel,Q and A by Vikas Swarup,Slumdog Millionaire is entertaining,heart warming and has a feel good factor.Yea sure the Indians aren't happy about this movie cause of the apparent derogatory title and Amitabh Bachan hates this movie and all the fucking indians are asking everyone to boycott Slumdog Millionaire.ITS A FUCKING MOVIE FOR FUCK'S SAKE!!! I think the Indians are anal about this because there is no goddamn fucking song and dance and the actors arent jumping around trees like monkies! They even hated the movie about Gandhi just because Ben Kingsley was the lead,despite it being a fantastic film.I say just watch the fucking movie and judge it for yourself.
Casting wise,I would say was ok..despite most of the actors are not popular or anything.The chemistry between Dev Patel's character and Freida Pinto's character pretty much fizzles out whenever they are onscreen.Probably the worst acting award will definitely go to the older Salim character acted by Madhur Mittal.And you also have the never seems to be aging Anil Kapoor as the host.He even manages to say "Fuck" also.which I found it pretty amusing.All the child actors are doing this for the first time and to be honest they did a good job.Apparently,Danny Boyle and the studios set up a trust fund for the kids and all that.
Direction for this movie is good,I wouldn't say its fucking excellent and all,its not one of Boyle's best but its still a good job nevertheless.The colouring for this movie isn't as great as his previous movie,Millions.The pacing for Slumdog is good also.I do like the cinematography and the script as well.

All in all,despite all the awards Slumdog has been winning,I didn't really feel for it.but I would still think its worth watching with yr loved ones during the weekend.Its a feel good movie after all.
Enjoy.

Best Quote
Jamal Malik: If it wasn't for Ram or Allah, we'd still have a mother.

Police Inspector: Doctors... Lawyers... never get past 60 thousand rupees. He's won 10 million. [pause] Police Inspector: What can a slumdog possibly know? Jamal Malik: [quietly] The answers.

Recommended movies by the director
28 days later
Trainspotting
Millions
Shallow Grave

3 comments:

Dinesh said...

Dude did u make any comparison to City of God? I couldn't help but do that with the whole slums, poverty and corruption thing....Dinesh

Dinesh said...

Dude did u make any comparison to City of God? I couldn't help but do that with the whole slums, poverty and corruption thing....Dinesh

Subash said...

actually i didnt make any comparison to city of god.and city of god is a fantastic movie and it even real.great movie.