Movie Review: Slumdog Millionaire

There’s been a lot of talk about Slumdog Millionaire and I can see why.

I loved this movie. From the first few minutes, I knew I was going to enjoy watching it.

Dev Patel plays Jamal, a very likeable young man who is interrogated on the grounds of cheating when he makes it to the final question on the TV show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Growing up in the slums of Mumbai is the immediate reason for suspicion, and we soon find out, is also the reason why he knows the answers.

We are taken on a whilrwhind recap of the moments in Jamal’s life that relate to each question he has answered. We find out the tragedies that he and those he cares about have endured.  We also learn the true reason why he has come on the show.

This story is about innocence, hardship, betrayal, love, hope and destiny, relayed through skilled actors and brilliant cinematography. The sound track adds an extra layer of emotion to this heart-felt movie. Praises to A. R. Rahman whose music score for this movie won India its first Golden Globe Award.

This movie is based on the best selling novel Q & A by Vikas Swarup. The novel was adapted by screen writer Simon Beaufoy who added the love story between Jamal and Latika.

Director Danny Boyle has done a wonderful job with Slumdog Millionaire, and all the fuss surrounding this film is well deserved by all involved.

This is not a Bollywood movie, but the Bollywood scene at the end is awesome. Dev should wear singlets more often :D

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