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Slumdog Millionaire – Review

Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel Anil Kapoor

Slumdog Millionaire stars Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor

 I approached my viewing of Slumdog Millionaire, somewhat hesitantly. From my experience films with a lot of hype surrounding them rarely deliver and end being somewhat of a disappointment. However, Danny Boyle’s latest is one of those films which not only lives up to the hype but is the sort of the film anybody can relate to. It really is the feel good film of the year.

Through mixing a rags-to-riches story with an unconventional love story Danny Boyle takes us from the slums of India to the studios of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” as the films protagonist Jamal (Dev “Skins” Patel) attempts to win the coveted prize in order to reunite with lost love Latika (Freida Pinto).

However the film is far from being a simple fairy tale. It is a hugely entertaining piece of cinema, which pulls on all aspects of your emotions as we follow Jemal and friends through a series of horrific episodes, as they grow up parentless, homeless and without any real direction in life.  

Dev Patel shines through in his first role since Skins, convincingly portraying the role as the everyman Muslim hero, who rises above the brutal dynamics of modern-day Mumbai to achieve hero status for his battle against the corrupt world he finds himself in.

Slumdog’s true triumphant though, is through the heart and sentiment of its subject matter, as well as it’s vibrant and colourful setting. With Slumdog, Boyle has not just created a film with an engaging story and with a powerful message behind it, but opened the Western audiences eyes to a provocative and vibrant world. Mumbai may have its problems but it prides itself on its sense of community.

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  1. Movie Slumdogs

    Once again I am struck by this rising to the surface of a shadowy battle; the clash of exports from the two great film-producing countries of the world, mediated by the old imperial master, Britain.
    There are many good movies on Mumbai, classic like Anand or Kaagaz Ke Phool or Maqbool, but also the more urban-modern: Bombay, Company, Satya. All edgy in different ways, visually arresting, tugging at your emotions, musically vivid. And then, I recently saw Slumdog Millionaire and have watched its Dickensian appeal to the Western media, rising up in waves about the feel-good story of the underdog, the conceits, the pulsating music and truthful view of Mumbai like the Indians would never tell it, and the raw cinematography. The interviews with Dev Patel (where are you from really? London, really? You have never been to India??) and Freida Pinto (are you from India? Really? Sure you are not from Portugal?) and the excitement over Bollywood dancing over the ending credits.
    Slumdog Millionaire? A decent Bollywood movie on a $13MM budget. Good production values. But great? Come on! Wake up. Watch a few really good Mumbai movies…like the other ones I mention above. And I am just talking about movies out of Mumbai. Don’t get me started on Adoor and Ritwik and the other great movie makers that have suffered the fate of all subalterns. Danny Boyle vs. Guru Dutt vs. Mani Ratnam. Such sadness underlies one of the great loves of my life, and yet so much richness.

    February 16, 2009
  2. this is one of the most amazing movies ive ever watched it funny inspiring a definte work of art its truly and amazing love story

    March 16, 2009

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