I must admit that for a lover of movies, I am a bit late to actually watching this movie. I meant to go see it when it was in theaters, but I never got around to it. But I still had to see what all the fuss was about, so I added it to my Netflix queue and kind of forgot about it, seeing as how I have been known to have Netflix movies chill out on my coffee table for months because I never watch them. Finally got around to watching “Appaloosa” last week, so the lovely folks at Netflix sent my next movie, which happened to be “Slumdog Millionaire“. From the little sleeve:
“After coming within one question of winning 20 million rupees on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” 18-year-old Mumbai “slumdog” Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) is arrested on suspicion of cheating. While in custody, Jamal regales a jaded police inspector (Irfan Khan) with remarkable tales of his life on the streets, as well as the story of Latika (Freida Pinto), the woman he loved and lost. Danny Boyle‘s film won a Golden Globe and Oscar for Best Picture.”
While the movie was a bit predictable in the end, it was still worthy of all the praise that it has received in my humble opinion. And if you do watch it, be sure to watch the credits because they dance Bollywood-style. I don’t know yet if it was the best movie of 2008 as I have only watched one of the other nominated films (“Frost/Nixon” (super boring by the way)), but it was still better than some of the other movies that I have watched recently. While it is sure to be outpaced by “Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen” on Wednesday, I still recommend this movie if you enjoy a decent flick that is easy to watch.
Overall, I give it a score of 8.25 out of 10, not super great but still a good movie that should be watched.
2 thoughts on “Today’s Movie Review – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)”
Here's my review. Yes I admit I had to watch it because of all the hype…but I'm disappointed in the movie as a whole and am actually sad I supported the funding of it. Here's why…In all honesty what is the point of the whole movie? I felt it just fed into the Western's world need for seeing what poverty is. The kid stars are getting treated like shit and will never see anything come from the millions of dollars made from this movie. Is the movie going to move anyone to do any sort of good in the world? probably not. So what's the point. I got a very empty feel at the end. I'm probably not explaining myself very well in writing but I hope you get my jist. I'm glad you liked it though. There were many people that did.
Aside from the treatment of the children and all that nonsense, I liked the movie. Everything else…yeah, it sucks. These kids were possibly exploited. Aside from that, it is a story about love and overcoming all obstacles in your life to get that love in your life. That is what I liked about the movie.