Slumdog Millionaire: modern twist on the rags to riches tale as an Indian kid from the slums lands up on a game-show. There’s a lot of stock themes throughout the film; good cop / bad cop, sensible sibling / criminal sibling, life-long obsession with girl etc. Despite this Slumdog’s an entertaining story – handling and highlighting some of the best and worst aspects of growing up in India effectively. The characters are all quite memorable and it although it gets a bit far-fetched in parts it still works pretty well. For me, the growing-up section of the film was great to watch (the child actors were fantastic), but the latter part – love story – was insipid and seemed to take forever to finish. Somehow everyone looks cross-eyed, the English-Indian accents were bizarre and I couldn’t believe I made it through an Indian film without a ridiculous dance scene – never mind. Secretly wished it would have been an ‘Unusual Suspects’ ending, and he was cheating all along… no such luck. Decent film, but don’t believe the rave reviews, or that this is the ‘real’ Mumbai. Escapism!
Finally you review a film I’ve seen very recently… Agreed, the hype about it being some kind of exposé on poverty in mumbai is unfounded. It is simply a good ol’ story well told. Love the segment aspect, cut a longish film up nicely into manageable chunks. Visually it has some breathtaking moments. Love story was fine for me, although I’m a bit of a romantic at heart. But, the guy from Skins isn’t as great an actor as was made out in the hype I reckon, the kids were the best part.
That movie was very “inspired” from City of God, almost a ripoff with a star-crossed love twist
Yep, I was thinking about how similar they were yesterday, the only real difference being that City of God was absolutely phenomenal!!