Slumdog Millionaire Review

April 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm (Movies)

I literally five minutes ago got through watching Slumdog Millionaire… Long story short, rent it please. You will be very glad you did. Slumdog has received so much critical applause and praise, I thought it would be really really hard for it to live up to all of that hype, so I was a little skeptical going into the movie. However, by the time the opening credits began, I was hooked until the ending credits flickered out. Slumdog Millionaire is the simple yet captivating story of Jamal Malib (spell check hates me right now), an ordinary man who is suspected of cheating one night before his final question on India’s version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire. Jamal is simply able to answer the questions based on his own past experiences. For example, he’s able to answer who’s on the 100 Dollar Bill by remembering when he offered 100 dollars to a beggar friend of his. I personally thought of it as an Indian Forrest Gump. 

I really have to say, Director Danny Boyle did an incredible job directing this movie. The excellent use of still shots and slow motion, not to mention the understandable coordination with his flashbacks shows extraordinary skill as a director, and proves a mesmerizing 2 hours on screen that captures the imagination. The massive story chronicling Malib’s life is a massive tale, including everything from Indian Gangs, Money Schemes, and Prostitution running rampant through the Asian country. By the end of the movie you’re truly rooting for Jamal to complete his journey, find the girl of his dreams, and feel truly bad for some of the more unfortunate turnouts for some of his colleagues. The story in the movie spans a 20 year time period, and has more turns than a German Autobahn. This isn’t just some movie you rent and grudge your way through, this is a two hour long movie epic that will have you on the edge of your seat. Danny Boyle also showed off his superb directing chops by really really really giving a great and vivid perspective and feel of an Indian Experience. Whether that’s by showing the vast landscapes, gritty underbelly, or beautiful suburbs of the grand country, or by serenading the movie with Indian tunes that go perfectly with the movie and its feel. The entire movie is a vivid experience that alone serves as a tour of the beautiful country of India. I’m really trying to keep this review short and sweet, but then again it’s hard to describe a movie that’s just really really good and you just need to see to believe. Slumdog Millionaire is now one of my top ten favorite movies ever, I’ll probably buy this on DVD, and might even see if I can get the poster from my video store. Either way, I’m hitting ’em up. Slumdog Millionaire is a movie epic that everyone needs to see. It will have you laughing hysterically, and yelling at your TV to “just answer the phone”. It’s a fun, captivating, never-slow movie experience that brings a guaranteed good time, that brings you on a 20 year journey through the life of a slumdog, and will leave you cheering.

5 out of 5


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