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Slumdog Millionaire

I saw Slumdog Millionaire this weekend. I loved it, which is unusual for a movie that has been built up as much as this one has. I knew it was about a young man from the slums of India (hence "Slumdog") who appears on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, but that's all I knew. I'm glad I didn't read a lot of reviews because a lot of the pleasure in the first part of the movie came from figuring out exactly what was going on. I would recommend that anyone who is planning on seeing this not read too many reviews. I will say one vague thing about the movie that is probably helpful: some of the depictions of what poor people go through in India are very disturbing.

I usually don't get dogmatic about movies, but there is no good reason not to think this is an excellent movie. I remarked to a friend that anyone who doesn't like this movie is either too cynical or too contrarian. 

Since that conversation, I have thought of a third bad reason not to like Slumdog Millionaire. Someone who has a fetish for realism wouldn't like it. The main character Jamal has a lot of extreme good and bad fortune. And James Berardenelli, who liked the movie, says Jamal " is so likeable it's almost unfair". If you insist that movies mirror all the nuances of real life perfectly, you might roll your eyes. But that would be your fault for going to movies in the first place when you have that attitude. Slumdog Millionaire has a lot of the ingredients of a fairy tale, and it's clear from the way the story is told that it's meant to be a fable. In other words, it is fabulous in both the common and original sense of the word.

I've said enough about the movie, so I'll shut up now. As for you, step away from the computer and go see Slumdog Millionaire! (And do see it away from the computer...it should be seen on the big screen and director Danny Boyle deserves your ticket money.)



If it's even half as good as Millions, it'll be worth the price of admission, which is a lot without the student discount.
I actually thought it was better than Millions.