Slumdog Millionaire Movie Reviews
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Slumdog Millionaire is a joyous, wondrous, colorful, vivacious, touching, disturbing, haunting, beautiful film. It is wonderfully performed and lavishly directed. I can not think of recent film that so thoroughly captured my attention. It has the energy of a Bollywood film, but without the song and dance numbers. (Stay for the credits, though) I highly, highly recommend this film.
Slumdog Millionaire is not just a piece of entertainment. Itâ€™s the kind of movie that reminds us that cinema can be true art. Thankfully, it does so in a way thatâ€™s also wildly entertaining.
Director Danny Boyle mixes gritty drama and wide-eyed fantasy to tell the story of a young Indian man (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai who shocks everyone by beating the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? The police bring him in for questioning, accusing him of fraud, and little by little his story comes out in flashbacks. The axiom â€œthere are no coincidencesâ€ goes a long way towards explaining how his game show run ties into his background of poverty, violence and unrequited love.
On the one hand a powerfully emotional love story and on the other a portrait, almost an expose, of the desperate situation faced by orphans in the Indian underclass, the movieâ€™s shifts in tone will be too much for some, at least at first. Scenes of brutality and heartlessness flow into moments of hopeless romanticism. But thatâ€™s the way of all great fairy tales, and in the end thatâ€™s exactly what Slumdog Millionaire is: a fairy tale. Depending on what we see released in the next month, it may also be the best movie of the year.