Slumdog Millionaire (2008)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

United Kingdom, 2008.  Warner Bros., Celador Films, Film4, Pathé Pictures International, Pathé.  Screenplay by , based on the novel Q & A by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 2008Boston Film Critics Awards 2008.    Golden Globe Awards 2008National Board of Review Awards 2008. National Society of Film Critics Awards 2008.  New York Film Critics Awards 2008. Online Film Critics Awards 2008.  Phoenix Film Critics Awards 2008.  Toronto International Film Festival 2008.  Washington Film Critics Awards 2008.

The fairy tale begins with success: Jamal, a young Mumbai boy, wins millions of rupees on the Indian version of Who’s Wants To Be A Millionaire but then is immediately suspected of cheating. After the police beat and torture him, they sit and listen as Jamal spins a yarn of chance and fate in which every question given to him on the program is directly linked to a past experience of his life. His destiny, it seems, was to win this game with divine intervention and some shrewd observations of human nature working on his side. This beautifully photographed, exquisite romance by Danny Boyle shows the director gathering the best aspects of his films into one cohesive whole: the gritty reality of Trainspotting, the technical genius of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, and the whimsical romance (though misused in that case) of A Life Less Ordinary combining for an experience that celebrates life and fiction without ignoring the horrors of human frailty. Everything about this movie shines bright, from the wonderfully energetic performances to the sparkling colours and catchy music.

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