Slumdog Millionaire

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My usual apology for ignoring my blog... I actually have been thinking about redesigning the site so that I can pull in content from flickr, twitter, tumblr, etc., to better reflect my larger web presence. But that is a topic for another time.

I saw Slumdog Millionaire last night and am pleased to report that it lives up to the hype. It is a very well-constructed story, using each question from the game show to tell a different part of the hero's life. The movie leaves the viewer with a grim view of life in the slums of India, and it includes some scenes which caused my (rather squeamish) wife to cover her eyes. However, the movie never becomes depressing because of an underlying current of hope that runs throughout. This has the danger of leaving audiences overly optimistic about the plight of the poor. After all, part of what makes the story so compelling is that it is so improbable. Yet, I think the movie successfully straddles the line between raising awareness and not turning people away.

I really got a kick out of the credits for the movie, which feature a "standard Bollywood"-style dance. In an otherwise non-standard Indian movie, this is a very cute joke to throw in at the end.


1 Responses to Slumdog Millionaire

  1. 2468 Margaret January 30, 2009 5:55:pm

    I covered my eyes during that awful scene at the orphanage, too. I really, really enjoyed this movie. Best filmgoing experience of 2009 so far (and the other two I've seen are also Best Picture contenders: Frost/Nixon and The Reader).

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