15 hours ago
Last night i watched slumdog millionaire, a best picture winner about a “slumdog” who participates on an indian version of “who wants to be a millionaire,” for the first time. essentially, much of the narrative is told through flashbacks detailing the life of jamal malik (dev patel as adult jamal), who is using his life to explain how he made it to the final question of the show, as he is being accused of cheating and is being questioned by a policeman (irrfan khan). i’ll cut to the chase, this is an amazing movie. the movie is generally in english, and that is the only indicator that it’s not a bollywood film; it nails the indian feel. it is also a wonderful example of why more movies need to accept an r rating. it’s not hugely inappropriate, and there isn’t too much stuff to unnerve the viewer. but the film doesn’t pull it’s punches; there are some scenes that if not included would lower the rating too at most pg-13, yet they are included to most accurately portray the story of the film. the antagonists are all clearly motivated and well developed. even though jamal’s brother salim (madhur mittal as an adult) does some bad things, it’s hard to ever blame or hate him. lastly, the romance between jamal and latika (freida pinto) is excellent, and it is pivotal in helping to round out the film. to top it off, all of the actors give understated polished performances to put the finishing touches on a spectacular film. ultimately, if i had an a (half plus) grade, slumdog millionaire would receive it due its incredible story, direction, acting, and overall experience.