"There's a bit of magic in everything, and some loss to even things out." -Lou Reed

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire




I actually saw this movie a few weeks ago, and with all of the Oscar and awards hoopla the past few days, it reminded me that I needed to post about this movie. One reviewer said "It is brilliant in a million different ways", and I would have to agree. I love leaving the theater and feeling like I have experienced something unique, something that makes me think, and something moving. Slumdog Millionaire delivers in all these areas.
For a quick synopsis without giving away too much, a young man who has grown up an orphan in terrible poverty finds himself a contestant on India's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. He is winning and winning big, and the show's host and others cannot fathom how such a "slumdog" could know all these answers. He is accused of cheating and must explain himself. He does so by flashbacks of his life.
All I can say is that the story is so compelling, the actors all excellent, and the movie itself is deserving of every award it gets. Go.see.it.
The children in this movie amazed me. They really tell the story behind the story and I was so drawn into their faces and voices. The movie also has fantastic soundtrack, if you go to the official movie website, you can preview some of the songs.
If you have seen it, I would love to hear your thoughts and feedback!

photos courtesy www.slumdogmillionaire.co.uk

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