Monday, April 6, 2009

REVIEW - Slumdog Millionaire

If you haven't watched this movie, let me tell you something, YOU SHOULD. Trust me, you will love it and this movie did not win Oscar for nothing. It is really THAT GOOD. It holds a special place in my heart as one of my favorite movie, right after Forrest Gump.

This is a story of Jamal Malik, an illiterate boy from the gutters of Mumbai who entered the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and with his unexpected success being accused of fraud by the host of the show itself, played by Anil Kapoor.

The movie starts at the end, the interrogation part where Jamal was forced by the Inspector to confess of being a fraud trying to cheat the game system. Then when Jamal starts to explain how he knows the answers to the question, his traumatic childhood revealed and as time pass by we learned the history of Jamal and the other main characters through flashbacks. Jamal did not answer the questions based on book knowledge because he has none but his own life experiences.

One thing that's totally unfair is that the actor, Dev Patel, who played the 20 year old Jamal Malik has received so much praise and have been interviewed in almost all talk show in US and UK, where all he did was sit on a stool for the gameshow and beaten up by the police and one or two other scenes. I think the credits and praises should go to the child actors who played the younger version of Jamal.

I totally recommend this movie. I can't say it's a feel good movie because it is not a feel good movie. You don't feel good watching this movie because this is not a chic-flick or a love story even if there's a bit of that in the movie but it focuses mainly on extreme poverty and hardship in third world countries. So, yes, there's nothing to feel good about that.

But, it's not all violence and hardship in the movie, Jamal's never ending love for Latika is really something to cherish. Have you ever been in love like that? I haven't, I wish I have a love like that but probably that's only in movies.

I also found out that the two kids playing the character of young Latika and young Salim are from the slums of Mumbai and they did GREAT. Now, they are in school and they have trust fund. By the age of 16, they will be able to use that money for studies and etc.

And the end of the movie, the credits part, they have this dance and as far as I know it became a phenomenon in US and UK, nothing new about that actually because we people in this continent see a lot of dancing in EVERY BOLLYWOOD MOVIES we feel like throwing up. Even Pussycat Dolls has their own rendition of the song Jai Ho with the same dance moves. LOL. Really lar... nothing so great about it, just the typical Bollywood dance move that you see in all the movies.

The infamous Jai Ho

The Pussycat Dolls - Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)

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