Movie Review – Slumdog Millionnaire

Jamal (Dev Patel) goes on “Who Wants To Be A Millionnaire” in order to contact his childhood love Latika (Freida Pinto) and ends up (look away now) winning the top prize of 20 million rupees. The film opens with the police interrogating Jamal, thinking he’s been cheating to reach the 10 million, and the story of his childhood is told in flashbacks.
It’s evocative of earlier Boyle work, with driving music, stylish editing, and studied characters. The acting is great, the cinematography is sumptuous, and the script is deftly written. There are those who accuse Slumdog of being predictable, but this is the nature of the story itself. One of the most interesting things is that Boyle has mixed Hollywood with Bollywood, and created something uniquely unmissable.

Posted on March 7, 2009

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