“Slumdog Millionaire” Should be Based On A Tale of Truth

Genres: Art/Foreign, Comedy, Drama, Adaptation and Teen

Running Time: 2 hrs.

Release Date: November 12th, 2008 (limited)

MPAA Rating: R for some violence, disturbing images and language.

Distributors: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Directed by: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

JJ Rating: A+

A slumdog by the name of Jamal (Dev Patel) is on the show “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” in India. He answers the questions so well there is a question of whether or not he is cheating. In a story that shows the hardships of Jamal it brings about a simple question of how bad do you want it; for he is one question away from the million but the police hold him on suspicion of cheating. The real reason he tries out for the show is to find the one love he has always loved. Slumdog Millionaire.

The idea is rather simple. The execution of this story, on the other hand, is rather complex. Jamal is the main character and he is played by (older/present version) Dev Patel who does a great job of being downtrodden, semi-confident and oddly charming. Tanay Chheda plays Jamal while he is in his middle years and he does that with a bit of salt and sugar and a pinch of disappointment. Ayush Mahesh Khedekar plays the youngest Jamal and he’s playful, hopeful and determined to get to where he believes he deserves to be. The other two main characters are Latika (Freida Pinto) and Salim (Madhur Mittal) and they each have two more actors that played them. The acting was very good and so engrossing. The tale is nothing in truth and everything in story and it’s amazing. It has the same enchanting qualities that The Kite Runner had and I own that movie. This one is so mine.

Side note: Freida Pinto is very attractive. Yes.She.Is.

Jamal is tortured and beaten to tell how he has been cheating to get so far in the game. As each question is being asked, watching a playback of the show in the police station, he remembers how he came to know the answer as well as informing the officer who is questioning him. It’s a clever way of telling a story and it also enriches the life of Jamal as well as bringing him out to feel so real that caring for his outcome becomes the moviegoer’s want.

Not only is it a creative telling it’s also creative visually. There are scenes in this film that have not been shown before in films. Sot it has that fresh feel to it. It’s 2 hours long and I sort of felt it but at the same time I enjoyed every single moment. It’s a rarity to enjoy a long movie for every moment, but this one accomplishes that.

Slumdog Millionaire lives up to its name because the film is not afraid to show how it is in India in the slums where Jamal grew up. What people did there, how they worked, what they ate, what they did for fun, how they used the restroom and what excitement they looked forward to. Children are a blessing because they smile in the most horrendous conditions if they have the chance to play. I just find that amazing.

This movie is very good at flowing well from scene to scene, making things make sense as well as creating a world that seems to be based on a true story. One would wish for such a story to actually exist. It would make for an awesome true to life tale. And as the story heads to an end it is evident that the writers knew how to make everything tie together. It wasn’t just a pleasant ending it was a well wrapped ending that made sense as well as make the entire film feel so connected and well made.

If you do see this film stay during the credits because you’ll get a nice India treat. The entire cast dances. It’s exciting to watch. I don’t know what it is with India’s music as well as dance that gives me the good chills.

Slumdog Millionaire is a surely a classic in the making as well as a film that many should see and enjoy. If you go to the theater and you stare at what is playing and wonder what you should see; go to the ticket person and ask to see Slumdog Millionaire, because it has something in it for everyone, and it will entertain you more so than most of what is out there right now.

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