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Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008) - Directed by Danny Boyle

Gonna quit posting the movie posters for the time being.

I am practically addicted to movies with strong characters. The more real the characters are, the more heartfelt and relatable the movie is for me. It's always the first thing on my mind when I watch a movie. Molding that with serious world issues like poverty is what makes some movies shine even brighter. A really good example is Satyajit Ray's Pather Panchali, which I thought was a piece of genius social-commentary without shoving the concept of social commentary down the throat. But another fine India-central piece is one with a very unlikely hero: Slumdog Millionaire.

Slumdog Millionaire is Danny Boyle's take on a novel about an Indian man starring in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and gets many questions right, only to be suspected of cheating. As he explains himself, he recounts many experiences in his life that coincide with the life of poverty he shared with his older brother, and the girl he's been searching for.

OK, I'm quite the game show fan. I'm actually pretty kick-ass at Wheel of Fortune. How many movies do you know of that center around a game show and still have an incredible story to them? The storytelling of the movie was a tad slow to start as it was setting up the world and characters, but eventually it leads up to a powerful conclusion full of heart and emotion. It almost felt like something out of a fairy tale... a slum mafia fairy tale.

But my favorite thing about the movie is easily Boyle's direction. As proven with several of his movies, Boyle's got a pretty damn good sense of cinematography, and the beauty of India as well as the poverty, and ESPECIALLY the characters' expressions throughout the story, are all shot perfectly. So much reality is brought out just through the camera motions alone.

I only have one tiny complaint about the movie, and it's the exact same complaint I had about North By Northwest: I thought the female lead needed a little more development. Complaints done.

I gotta say, I never expected to love Slumdog Millionaire. There's just so much to in this "bizzarely plausible" movie unlike anything I've ever seen. Boyle took what was unique about the story and played it up with great characters. I'll definitely come back to this one.

= 99/100.