Thursday, February 19, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

After hearing “I didn’t like Slumdog Millionaire at all”, “too violent”, “not a great movie” from various people, my husband and I finally decided to see for ourselves. I admit, I was prejudiced against liking the movie.

We both came away enriched by the experience. The photography, the music, the memorable story, cleverly told. Usually I steer clear of violence. But the violence that accompanies dire poverty in a city of 19 million belonged in this story. Upsetting, yes, because violence is real for the struggling poor all over the world.

The movie is full of plot holes and unanswered questions. What are the odds of finding an orphan girl you lost in a see of 19 million? (Who probably should be dead or maimed in order to garner pity and make more begging.) Who knows why the Indian emcee of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire wanted Jamal to fail? And don’t forget a boy from the slums ever getting on Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, let alone winning.

Those are just a few of the holes and coincidences. Normally I hate movies or TV shows (or books, for that matter) with gaping holes and coincidences. Yet with Slumdog Millionaire, this movie experience was so rich that these things didn’t bother me too much.

The writers, directors and actors deserve huge kudos. (And in my opinion should walk away with a bunch of Oscars.) They produced a compelling story, guaranteed to make you think. Isn’t that what we all strive for?

What do you think? Did you like the movie, or not, and why?

Until later and wishing you movies that deepen your life experience,
Ooh, Baby!
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Ann Roth said...

No one replied to my post so I'm going to!
The Academy Awards are almost here. If Slumdog doesn't take a host of awards, I'll be surprised.

Anyone besides me out there going to watch the awards?

Joey Hill said...

Hi Ann,
I'll post and say I haven't seen the movie but everyone I know who has seen it (down here in New Zealand) raves about it, and insists on telling me the story, even though I read the book a year or two back. "Q & A."
I think they insist on telling the story again (and again) because it is one of those movies that has impacted them and they will never forget it. I enjoyed the book, but will probably give the movie a miss. Not sure about the Oscars. I used to love the Academy Awards but haven't seen so many movies in recent times so not sure this year... (a choice between spending money on books versus movies - books win!!!)

Linda Warren said...

Everyone is talking about Slumdog. I haven't seen it yet, buried in deadlines, but I will be watching the Academy Awards for just a little bit (deadline!). I love seeing all the fancy dresses. Isn't that what it's about? LOL

Ann Roth said...

Joey! I think it's very cool that you read the book.

Linda- Did you watch last night? I liked the changes in the whole event...