Posted by: cosborn | January 12, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire – No Dog At All!

Slumdog Millionaire is a terrific movie. It’s directed by Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan. I have no idea if the slums of Mumbai are as depicted in this film, but if they are, my – it’s a terrible life. This movie could certainly have been far more depressing than it was, and I must confess to being surprised at how much I liked it.

Doyle directed a another movie I liked – Millions. Like Slumdog Millionaire, that film is about loot, love and the bonds of family – such as families come to us. I think Doyle’s most recent film is quite a bit stronger than Millions, but like Millions, the story unfolds through a child’s eyes (though Jamal grows up in this film).

We meet the three main characters in their childhood and all three are orphans. Salim, Jamal and Latika. The story is told in flashback form by Jamal. He is a contestant on a game show, “Who Wants t be a Millionaire?” Essentially, he is accused of cheating mostly because of his rather humble (and that’s being generous) roots.  So Jamal tells his story around a series of events that reveal answers to the questions as the narrative moves forward.

At it’s core, this movie is about redemption and love. Given the surroundings, it’s amazing the characters maintain any sense of decency or hope – but Jamal does, and it’s his spirit in the end that drives this really good movie forward.

I’d recommend this movie to friends.

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