Slumdog Millionaire review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 08/04/11
A foreign film based on the manipulation of a game show and the love of 2 individuals. Obviously, the cinematography of the film really brought out the “slum” areas of India. It likewise showed how BPO (Business Process Outsourcing) companies have been booming in the said country. The movie focuses on the life Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), a former street child who was given the opportunity to play for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Jamal and Latika (Freida Pinto) became close, but eventually they lost touch after a gangster/train related incident. The character build-up was respectable, music of course was suitable and the dialogue/script was efficient. This could have been an instant classic for me if the realism was present and that the coincidence of the answers were not obvious. The artists did a decent job especially the lead figures; unfortunately the story for me was too modest. Relying too much on flashbacks, utilizing the “games” popularity, and the all too chirpy ending was too copious and obvious for my taste. Inserting gangsters helped, the reaction of the people added to the tension in the last few scenes, the drama between the brothers and Salims transformation was enlightening. Still, the movie entertained and it was fresh to see the manner it was put together. It has won some awards so that means people enjoy a tale about love, luck and determination when they see one.