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Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

What can be said about this movie that anyone not living under a rock doesn't already know? Yes, it won for Best Picture this year at the Oscars, but after watching it, it didn't have that "I'm better than you" feeling to it.

Watching the story unfold for Jamal Malik was bittersweet. You, no doubt, laughed when he jumped into the pool of feces in order to obtain an autograph. Your stomach probably churned a little at the "orphanage." When the credits started rolling, you knew without a doubt, Jamal earned his winnings.

As I said before, this didn't have that Best Picture feel to it. That's not to say it wasn't good, but I was expecting just a tad more. I guess what sets Slumdog apart from the rest of the pack, is the simple fact that Danny Boyle was able to pull a little bit of comedy, drama, action, suspense and romance all into one film and have the film still end on a high note.

This isn't one to pass up, but it's certainly not one that will blow your mind. It is, quite honestly, a simple film with extraordinary elements that make it shine when it needs to.