Slumdog Millionaire
Many of you have probably seen this movie by now, so I will keep this post brief. If you haven’t seen it, stop reading this and go see it now.

I get very antsy at this time of year when if comes to what is advertised as “Oscar”movies or “feel good” movies. At this time of year those kind of movies are no different than drunken men in a Dublin pub on a Saturday night. Except instead of looking for the ride, they’re only after awards.

When Danny Boyle’s latest film was being tagged as a feel good movie and award worthy material, I was nervous. BUT it is Danny Boyle and he has demonstrated his mastery of story telling on screen. I gave it a look.

In summary, the film opens with a young man as a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, one question for hitting the jackpot. He is arrested for attempted fraud and the story then intercuts with his explanations as to how he knows the answer, which in essence translates to his life story.

The movie is being badly touted in the media. There are far better feel good movies out there. There is no melodrama here to warrant being called an “Oscar” movie. Instead, what we have is a fine example of film making, story telling and character development. The performances are top notch.

Oh and it has this girl…
Frieda Pinto

An excellent film and it has given 2009 a nice start. Although things get remarkably worse if you go see Bride Wars afterward….

“Slumdog Millionaire”

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