I have just finished watching this movie – Slumdog Millionaire by director Danny Boyle (who also brought us Trainspotting, The Beach A Life Less Ordinary, 28 Days Later…), . It is incredible. I have watched my share of movies and I have to say, this is amongst one of the best I have seen. It is set in India – a place close to my heart. Although the movie is mostly entertaining, it does touch on some deeper issues and it doesn’t approach them gently or subtly. These are issues that I have seen in action in India – where the guardians of children cut limbs off their kids so that they will get more money begging. Seen the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the ugly slums & deep poverty right outside the gate. It is a strangely beautiful country with beautiful people. I must go there again!
Here are a couple of comments from critics:
A blast of raw, colourful energy elevates this gritty tale into one of the most enjoyable films of the year. And the fact that it also highlights some striking cultural issues makes it one of the most important as well. (Rich Cline)
At times, it feels somewhat schematic and overloaded. But the spirit of the thing — both the narrative and the filmmaking — is undeniable. (Shawn Levy)
Visually dazzling and emotionally resonant, Slumdog Millionaire is a film that’s both entertaining and powerful. (Rotten tomatoes)
Go watch it if you can and want. I mean, you don’t have to! Just if you want and have the time!