Thursday, January 8, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire: Review

The Malaysian government may not have the cojones to put Slumdog Millionaire in theatres but Limewire sure does!
Slumdog Millionaire baby! If you had a childrens version of Cidade de Deus, you'll get Slumdog. It's a movie about a guy named Jamal Malik, who practically has the worst life ever. His life sucks. He saw his mom killed in front of him by anti-Muslim zealots, almost had his eyes plucked out a few months later and has a gangster for a brother who sold the love of his life into prostitution. So to try and get her to notice him, Jamal goes on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and because of the events of his life......... he knows all the answers.
This is my first Bollywood movie and it was awesome! Besides the fact that I thought it was really stupid that he knew all the answers, I felt that Slumdog Millionaire was brilliant. It just makes you fall in love with it with the story of the main character but at the same time, it rips your heart out when you see all this shitty stuff happen to him. It's really brutal to watch but charming at the same time.
This movie is really fun to watch. Even teens who can't take all these art films would be entertained because of the modern-tempo direction of this film has. And this movie used the hell out of M.I.A's Paper Plane song. They played it over and over.
Anyways, Slumdog was fun to watch. We see lots of great moments like when he's trying to get an autograph from a Bollywood star, pretending to be a tour guide at the Taj Mahal to earn money and steal tourist's shoes to when theres a riot going on and people were dying. I mean, this film goes from very sweet and funny to very tragic at the same time.
And also very gross to. There's a scene where Jamal practically dives into a pile of shit. On one hand, your stomach will churn just like it did when you saw 2 Girls 1 Cup but you will still laugh your ass off.
It's a really well made movie, I enjoyed the hell out of it. And rightly so, it's been generating a lot of unlikely Oscar buzz. And, just like all Bollywood movies, they end with a dance sequence. By far, Slumdog is my 3rd best film of 2008. Number 1 is obviously The Dark Knight and Number 2's review is coming real soon.

RATING: 8/10

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