Slumdog Millionaire

Me and the g/f checked out Slumdog Millionaire on Friday night so I wanted to give my quick impressions of the film and whether or not I feel it lives up to the hype and deserves to win all the awards it is winning. To start off with, I’m a fan of Danny Boyle’s work, Trainspotting was great, The Beach was decent, 28 Days Later and Sunshine are 2 of my favorite movies, so even before the hype surrounding this one, I wanted to check it out (and may be a little bias).

The movie follows Jamal as he is one question away from winning the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”, but then he’s accused of cheating. The police take him away and torture him trying to get him to confess to cheating, but he doesn’t. The officer plays back the tape of the previous questions that Jamal had answered on the show and the bulk of the movie begins. Each question takes you back to a period in Jamal’s life where he learned the answer to the question. Then we come back to the present time where he is asked the final question. Then there is a weird Indian dance during the credits… That’s the quick version of the story, but it’s much more than that.

I enjoyed the movie a lot, it’s probably one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. However, it did remind me a lot of “City of God”, which is also an amazing movie. There were also a lot of stereotypical Indian things that were played out throughout the movie that some people may get bored/annoyed with, but I still feel that it works. I don’t want to get into a really long, drawn out review here because the movie has already been hyped beyond belief and I don’t want to add to that and make people’s expectations too high (not like my little blog here could help the hype of this movie anyways). Some people will like it, some won’t. So go into it with an open mind, don’t go in thinking it’s going to be the greatest movie you’ve ever seen in your life cause you could be disappointed. It is a great movie, and I truly did enjoy the entire thing, but not everyone will feel the same way that I do so experience it for yourself.

Do I think it deserves the Oscar for best picture? I believe it has a really good chance of winning, but I honestly haven’t seen any of the other nominated movies so I can’t make a decision. Did anyone else see it? I believe it opens in more theaters this coming Friday so more people should be able to find a showing in their area. Let me know what you thought.