Friday, January 23, 2009

Review: Slumdog Millionaire

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Title: Slumdog Millionaire
Distributor:Celador Films (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Director: Danny Boyle
Writer(s): Simon Beaufoy (screenplay), Vikas Swarup (novel)
Staring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto
MPAA Rating: Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language.
Running Time: 120 min (2hrs)
Synopsis: Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal Malik (Patel), an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India's "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?"But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika (Pinto), the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show's questions. Each chapter of Jamal's increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show's seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out.

Other Reviews


Roger Ebert:
3 ½ Stars
Michael Phillips: 2 Stars
EW: Owen Gleiberman: B

Other Sites:

At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: See It, Ben Lyons: See It
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 95% (Fresh), Top Critics: 94% (Fresh), RT Community: 92% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 86 out of 100, Users: 8. out of 10
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B+ Users: A

My Review

Source Material: Based on the Boeke Prize winning novel Q and A by Indian author and diplomat Vikas Swarup.

Acting and Dialogue: B, For first time actors not bad.

Art Direction: B, the cinematography drives the art direction but I do give props to the location scouts.

Cinematography: A-, It had some cool camera shoots and beautiful locations

Direction: A+, Can you say Oscars .

Sound and Music: B+, It had a very memorable score and catchy sound track


Overall: A-, I am glad that my local theather got this film...finley...great film.

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