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RELEASED: 2009, Cert.15
RUNNING TIME: Approx. 115 mins
DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle & Loveleen Tandan
SCREENPLAY: Simon Beaufoy
MUSIC: A R Rahman
Jamal (played by Dev Patel)
Salim, Jamal's brother (played by Madhur Mittal)
Latika (played by Freida Pinto)
Prem Kumar, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host (played by Anil Kapoor)
FILM ONLY REVIEW
Adapted from Vikas Swarup's novel Q & A, Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of 18-year-old Jamal, a call-centre operator, entering India's version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. By self-admission he doesn't know any of the answers to the questions, but as each one is asked, his mind runs through his tortured childhood and he manages to filter out various facts and figures he'd picked up over the years and his almost instant recall powers provide him with the correct answers.
Jamal almost thrives on flashbacks to his childhood and focuses much of his spare time on attempting to find Latika, his childhood friend, who he is in love with.
That is the merest outline of the story - see the film for yourself to find out the rest.
I'm always rather wary of films which are hot gossip and hold a lot of popular appeal, as I frequently find they fail to deliver (to me, at least) on their promise or the frenzied hype. Of course, some do live up to their reputation of brilliance, but I think what initially stopped me from watching Slumdog Millionaire was a perhaps shameful prejudice I currently have about what often comes across to me as shallowness from certain things that are produced by people under a certain age. I'm not pointing the finger at or blaming those people under a certain age....I unreservedly believe it's down to having been brought up in and taken their influences from times and a generation with different values to that of my own. Recently, I decided to push my misgivings aside and buy a copy of the DVD in the great Sainsbury's sell-off (for £4) and give the film a fair trial.
Although I had heard that Slumdog Millionaire was about a young man from the slums of Mumbai going literally from rags to riches in a very short space of time, I was unaware of anything else to do with the story or how Jamal managed to amass such a fortune until I read a couple of reviews on the film on DooYoo. My curiosity was stimulated as those reviews were written by people whose opinion I generally respect and trust.
On watching the film last night for myself, I found the first part of it quite confusing and although I could make out the basics of what was going on, I was unable to choose which bits I should be concentrating on as important parts of the overall story and which bits I should pay less attention to. For me, everything was moving much too fast and jumping backwards and forwards in time at a pace that my brain had problems keeping up with. I did find Jamal's flashbacks to his childhood in Mumbai (I still want to keep calling it Bombay!!) quite disturbing in some parts, and slightly amusing in others as there's no doubt about it, he and his brother Salim were mischievous little sods. I did feel for them though as they had a truly rotten childhood, stricken with poverty, pain, abuse and neglect.
As far as the acting is concerned, I thought all the main cast played their parts beautifully, but my favourites were Dev Patel as Jamal and Anil Kapoor as Prem Kumar, the greasy, patronising and not very honest Who Wants To Be A Millionaire host. Dev Patel created some wonderful facial expressions and befitting to his role, managed to put across a slightly depressed, laid-back persona that was capable of retaliation when necessary. Quietly always one step ahead of everyone else, Jamal stole the show for me. As for Anil Kapoor, he injected a convincing superciliousness lounge-lizard characterisation into the rather nasty game show host.
I did find the speed of the film quite difficult to cope with - I don't mean speed in the sense that it was over too quickly, as in fact I did find it a little too long and a sizeable chunk of scenes I feel could have been cut to make the whole thing more watchable - I mean that everybody was racing around all the time coupled with the high energy oscillations from past to present.
There was one thing which irritated the hell out of me and that was the musical score....it just grated on my nerves from start to finish, especially the bit at the end of the film. I'm not sure what music could have been used throughout as an alternative, as the film is set in India and one naturally expects Indian music....plus, I don't dislike Indian music in general, but in Slumdog Millionaire it spewed forth relentlessly from my speakers such that it grated on my nerves in quite an unpleasant way.
Although the film did hold my attention and I found the enjoyment factor reasonable, I do think it is somewhat overrated and I'm a little sad that on the DVD sleeve, it is advertised as "The Feel Good Film Of The Decade"....I see that as a sign of the times in that something of this nature should be considered inspiring in the department of euphoria.
All in all, Slumdog Millionaire isn't a bad film, but it didn't quite do it for me as it was too confusing in parts, too loud, too energetic and the music drove me nuts. As for whether I'd watch it again, I'm at the moment undecided and can see that it would largely depend on my mood at any given time. It's not so bad that it's going to immediately be exiled to the charity shop, but to me it's not as good as I was expecting, judging from all the hype and all the awards it won.
At the time of writing, Slumdog Millionaire can purchased on Amazon as follows:-
New: from £2.99 to £20.00
Used: from 10p to £13.99
Collectible: from £4.00 to £8.99
I've had a look on YouTube and as far as I can determine this movie hasn't been uploaded onto the site in its entirety, but there are countless snippets and trailers available to sample for anyone who'd like a little taster.
Thanks for reading!
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This movie was ingeniously put together into a beautiful story about Jamal and Latika.
To tell you the truth, I was never really aware of the poverty level faced by people in the part of the world. So, watching this movie made me feel really ignorant as to what goes on in one of the most populated areas in the entire globe. I was really taken aback by not only the poverty, but by the personal tragedies that these characters faced. The events were not too far from reality and in fact were quite believable. So if you want to see a depiction what life is like in the poverty-stricken parts of India, you should definitely watch this movie.
Slum Dog Millionaire was a movie that had great acting by such young thespians, great casting to get three different children for each character that were still similar in both appearance and demeanor.
Overall, it is a great movie that is definitely deserving of the Academy Award for Best Picture. I was definitely shocked when I witnessed them win, but now that I have seen the movie, it comes as no surprise that this powerful piece of cinema should be entitled to the most coveted trophy in film.
Directed by one of my favourite directors, Danny Boyle delivers his usual brand of suspense and thrills with this outstanding film about surviving the slums of India. Adapted from the novel 'Q & A' by Vikas Swarup, the plot follows a young Jamal Malik as a contestant on the game show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?'. As a 'slumdog', both the show host and audience are shocked to realise that this young boy is intelligent beyond his means as a lower-ranking caste with no formal education. So how does he know all the answers? They come to the conclusion that he must be cheating and there begins the formal interrogation.
This movie is so diverse and so emotional that it truly takes you on a rollercoaster, where you have completely given up your attention to the captivating ups and downs of this wild ride. There are moments of brutality, depicting the unfair life of a poor man and delving deep into the unknown eastern slums where so much suffering is depicted against such a beautiful backdrop of a riche and colourful country.
To be honest, this movie completely took me by surprise. For a long time, I had been avoiding it on the assumption that it was a predictable feel-good movie about a poor Indian boy winning a game show and going on to be rich and happy with the girl of his dreams. However, I really wish I hadn't judged this DVD by it's cover and had listened to the advice of all those people telling me how great this film was.
Slumdog Millionaire is engaging on so many levels- it's brutal, romantic, thrilling, suspenseful the acting and cinematography is incredible, making this one of my favourite movies ever. It will make you feel something out of the ordinary, something deep, something moving and something refreshing to your senses. This film makes you realise what all movies should be about.
Movie Length: 115 minutes
Director: Danny Boyle
Country: United States
Rating: 12 years and older
Dev Patel as Jamal Malik
Freida Chheda as Latika
Madhur Mittal as Salim Malik
Anil Kapoor as Premkumar
The story is set in India and is about Jamal. Jamal joins the program "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with the chance to win 20 million rupees. It looks like he's going to win the program as he answers a lot of questions right, but then when he's on the point of winning, the time is up and they have to continue next time. Jamal gets picked up by police after the program was on suspicion of cheating. For how can a boy who grew up in the slums of India ever answer all these questions correctly? The police interrogated him and he is even tortured, but he insists that he has not cheated. He starts to explain how he knows the answers to the questions and tells about his life. Jamal sseems to had a heavy and difficult childhood. He tells with each question a lot of life experience and we learn how he grew up with his brother and how he found his love Latika and lost again. The big question remains whether he can play and will win 20 million rupees, but money is not everything right?
The acting of the actors is really good and that makes the movie so well. You have a dramatic story about how Jamal grew up, but actually stands for how many children in India grow up in slums. Dev Patel plays Jamal on current age but the character is also played by two other actors, when they look back to his youth. All three play the outstanding role and especially the youngest one makes the biggest impression on me. He has to endure violent situations in his childhood and the actors are credible in their emotions. They are certainly not the easiest scenes to play, but they do it very well. This includes the actors who play the characters Latika and Salim, because they grow up together. The actors click together and make the scenes believable. Very good performances!
There are a few extras on the DVD that give some more information about the film itself. There are two commentaries on the DVD including one done by the director and actor Dev Patel. I found this track very interesting and both tell very interesting about the creation of the film and their thoughts. The second track is done by producer and writer who tell more about the production side of the film and tell writing process. Also nice, but a lot less interesting than the first extra. Also there are some trailers on the DVD.
A very surprising and interesting drama. When I first heard about this movie I didn't really get all the commotion this film. I have watched it and now understand very well why people are so enthusiastic. This film is set in India and gives a very interesting perspective on the life of a boy who grows up in the slums of India. The way the story was filmed, makes the whole story very believable and I can imagine that there are indeed children who grow up like this in India. The performances are very good and really helps with the credibility of the film. You feel the chemistry between the actors but also believe that the emotions are real to them what they do. If you are looking for a good drama then you are certainly right with this film.
I had avoided the hype surrounding this and waited until it was tele the other night. Unsure if this was going to be bag, I am pleased to say that it was a very enjoyable filmic experience. Not sure if it was worthy of quite so many awards, but then what it does have going for it is the fact that it offers something very different to your conventional hit film.
Following the story of callworker Jamel (Dev Patel) we start off with him being beaten and tortured, when he is suspected of cheating on the gameshow 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.' Set in Mumbai, India, the locations are stunning and gritty to the core and for me, the locations really enhance the viewing pleasure and authenticity of the film.
The film interweaves between his game show experience and flashbacks to childhood, showing how he came to know so many of the answers to the questions on the show. It all seems a little coincidental in parts, but Boyle handles the scenarios with such sympathy and attention to detail, that you can gloss over the impracticalities of it all.
The film provides a harsh and sometimes grim insight into life in the slums and thanks to a brilliant camerawork, pulls it off with aplomb. If nothing else, it's almost an education in history watching this film and certainly expands the mind. I came away feeling exhilarated and earnest to discover more about poverty in this country.
Patel offers a strong lead performance and the other actors are all convincing. I especially rate the slimy gameshow host, who you will want to slap by the end of the film! There are some scenes of violence which might shock but these all contribute to setting the scene for his childhood backdrop.
Despite a gritty portrayal of life in the slums, the film does have comedic moments and enough sentimentality to lift the spirits too. There is a strong romance thread running through it too, which also heightens the drama. One of those films you could easily watch again in a year and enjoy. Not as feel-good as they claim, but a solid and provoking film with original content and excellent narrative.
I never watched this movie in the cinema and waiting for it to come out on DVD. I heard all the hype but just didn't think it would be that good. The whole Idea of the film being based around an Indian "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" just sounded stupid. The only actor I'd ever heard of was Dev Patel and although he was entertaining in "Skins" it was not an exceptional performance.
I'm also quite negative when it comes to British movies because they don't normally have the big budgets of the American movies. The thing with British movies is when they do them right they normally end up being award winners. So you can imagine with all this negative baggage when I finally watched this movie I was completely blown away with the performances and its originality. I could quite confidently say that this was a true epic and the best film in 2008.
This superb 2008 British film was directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It was adapted from the novel Q & A a diplomat Vikas Swarup. The film is set in India and was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won 8 of them as well as many other awards.
This is the story of Jamil Malik (Dev Patel) an 18 year old orphan from the slums of Mumbai who finally stikes lucky when he gets on the Indian version of "Who wants to be a millionaire" and to everyone's surprise he is one question away from the big prize. When the show breaks for the night he is arrested by the police who are convinced that he must be cheating. The kid from the slums must convince them of his innocence and the only way to do explain how he new the answers is to take them through a story of his life.
So glad I didn't give this masterpiece a miss and this truly deserved every award it has ever won. Some fantastic performances from some new talent in particular Dev Patel who put in a superb performance and has great career ahead of him. The film will tap into all your emotions and will have you laughing one minute and completely shocked the next. The story line is interesting and will keep you immersed in the life of this young man.
It is really rare these days to be greeted with such an original concept and this is very refreshing. I thought the film did a great job in highlighting the poverty in this country and the abuse the children suffer in the hands of criminals looking to make money form children. Every year should have a special and meaningful movie and in 2008 it was Slum Dog Millionaire.
Starring Dev Patel
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail
Running time 121 min.
Country United Kingdom
Budget $15.1 million
Gross revenue $377,417,293
This film is very original and powerful, it takes you through the life of 'Jamal' in a way you would not expect from a film.
Jamal appears on the Indian version of who wants to be a millionaire, the film starts with him being on the final question with the build up beginning, which is then when you are taken back to the start.
The film takes you through his life from the slums in India as a young boy to where he is now on the show, there are many ups and downs along the way and it is very interesting to watch. The film also takes you through Jamal's romance with a girl he falls for at a very young age, and shows you their blossoming relationship together.
Each question of the show relates to Jamal's life in some way, which can't be explanied how and this is how he has progressed so far in the show. The questions can range from being about an actor he has met or something randon which he has learned.
There are several great actors in the show, they are not big names celebs but are very good in the roles that they are in. The show also has some very emotional moments and some very uplifting ones, which can be enjoyed.
Overall I would definately recommend this flm for a watch, it can be purchased now for less than £5 which is a great purchase for your collection.
I have not delved into the storyline much as I fthink inding this out through watching the film makes a greater viewing experience, I do however hope you find this useful.
There was alot of hype for this film before I got chance to see it. I remember being in Morocco when some film award was on the television saying how this film had won 11 awards.
I was watching Dev Patel on screen as he was being interviewed and I thought he was totally charming and for someone of only 18 years old at the time, we was acting rather mature too. I thought he was quite sweet actually as he had been just a little know (from skins) to this huge megastar and as you watched him walking around the red carpet, you could see his starstruck reactions. I was totally charmed by him and therefore had to watch the film now! (plus to see what the hype was about of course).
Me and my friends went to watch this. I had no idea what it was about, only that there was some outrage from India and they didnt like the way the country was portrayed. I didnt really understand the title so I didnt have any pre-conceptions about this film, only that it was supposed to be amazing.
Anyways, me and my friends went to see this film. A brief outline of the plot, without giving too much away is that:
Jamal (Dev Patel) ends up on the Indian version of ´Who Wants to be a Millionaire` and the authorities suspect that he has cheated. Throughout the film, he explains how he knows or does not know the answers through his life story. You learn about his life in India, the people he meets and and how he falls in love.
As mentioned, I saw Dev Patel before I saw Jamal and fell into his charms straight away. I found I did the same thing with his character Jamal. As I was watching this film, I noticed that I didnt really know much of the cast at all. However, I found all performances from the main actors to the extras to make the film come to life. The film is set in India, which makes the film very real and certainly believable.
Freida Pinto plays the adult Latika, who gives a really good performance. In this film, her character Latika is a strong Indian woman who knows what she wants and as an asian woman myself makes me think this is how I would be if I lived in India.
The film touches many sensitive but real issues in India and around the world. One of which is that children are used as slaves and as a means of bringing in income. They are used for begging and for pickpocketing and this film really does make you think how sad their lives are.
I found that I went through a number of emotions through this film for the characters in certain situations, which included: sadness, shock, terrified, suprised, happiness and wonder. I believe this film had many great aspects that gave it such hype and certainly deserved to win the 11 awards that it did.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film and so did my friends. This was easily my most favourite film of 2009, even though I did watch it at the beginning of the year. Its actually one of my favourite films of all time in fact. Absolutely amazing. Totally enjoyable.
I have only watched this film once and it was about a year ago but I remember every scene in it, which is rare for me. I usually forget what films I have or havent watched sometimes believe it or not.
This is a film that makes you think, makes you feel and was a film that touched my heart. If you have not seen this film still, I absolutely recommend that you do!
I first heard of Slumdog Millionaire when the Oscar nominations for 2008 were announced and the world could not stop talking about the movie that had recieved a mind blowing ten. Having grown up watching Indian movies (like every other South Asian kid) I was familiar with names such as Anil Kapoor (the gameshow host in the movie) and A.R. Rehman and was both curious and eager to see the movie that had placed them in the world's spotlight.
The screenplay has been adapted from a book by Indian author Vikas Swarup called Q & A and is set in various cities of India. It follows the story of a young Indian boy from the slums of Mumbai called Jamal who has managed to land himself in the Indian version of Who Wants to Be A Millionaire (Kaun Bane Ga Karorepati). He has reached the final question and the whole of India is waiting with bated breaths for the outcome. However the game show administration and the authorities are unable to believe that a boy from the slums with no education can have reached this stage of the game without resorting to foul means. Thus Jamal, our protaganist, is taken into custody and interrogated. The rest of the movie is in flashback as he relates the tale of his journey from the slums as a young boy to the show over a course of several years. The other characters include Latika, a girl he has been in love with since he was a kid, and his brother Salim. The three face many trials and tribulations as they fight to survive alone in the harsh world with no one to turn to. The acting is good, if not great, and the children playing the young versions of our characters steal the heart with their innocence. The background music by Rehman is brilliant and provides all the right effects as his music always does. Boyle does a good job with the execution and does not let the plot slip away which could have easily happened given the jumps between time and places.
While the movie is definitely gripping with a connection being created between the characters and audience, I do think that the hype created about is more than it deserves. It is a great leap for Indian cinema and that should not be ignored but there were definitely better movies in 2008. As far as Rehman is concerned he has been making amazing music for years and it was high time he was honoured by the whole world. For fans of Jai Ho and the rest I suggest you listen to some of his Hindi classics like Dil Se and Ye Dil.
Slumdog millionaire was one of my favourite films of 2009. There was so much hype given about this film but it just really didn't sound like my thing, however I had seen some previous Danny Boyle films before and knew exactly how good he was, so I decided to give this one the chance, and go to watch it, and was I glad I did.
The story is all about a young teenager, called Jamal, some people may recognise this actor from skins, which is something I had watched before I saw this film, the choice of acting talent was a little strange as he hasn't really been in anything else before, however he is a good actor and really came alive in this movie.
Jamal lives in the slums of Mumbai India, this is another shocking thing about the film, just how bad it can be over there was something I didn't know and apart from the actual slum parts there are some really sad and shocking parts to this movie as well which is certainly something I was unaware of and didn't know went on.
Jamal ends up on the Indian version of who's wants to be a millionaire where he's winning big money, however suspected of cheating he gets taken away and interrogated. The film tells the story of him growing up in the slums, and keeps going back in time to how he knew the answers to each question.
The film fits together so well, the story is great and its done in a really clever way. it's a great film that is hard to watch at time, sad at times but in a way a kind of feel good film as well, as it tells the story that it doesn't matter where you start off from, you can do anything. If you've not watched this one yet, then give it a go it may just surprise you.
There was a lot of hype about this film when it came out at the cinema, but I only recently watched it when it was on television to see what all the fuss was about. Whilst it doesn't strike me as the type of film I would usually rave about, I can see why the film received some of the media coverage that it did.
This is directed by Danny Boyle, who has been involved in various other popular flicks such as Trainspotting & A Life Less Ordinary, so he knows what he's doing. It's based on the novel by Vikas Swarup, with the screenplay by Simon Beaufoy.
It's rated certificate 15, which I would agree with as there are some disturbing scenes and violence. At 116 minutes, it's a little shy of 2 hours; it packs of lot of action and a lot happens during the film, but I hardly noticed how long I'd been watching it because it was easy to watch (in the sense that I didn't find myself looking at my watching wondering when it would end!)
This film centres around the life of Jamal Malik, an 18-year old 'slumdog' orphan from Mumbai, India. It's obvious from the synopsis and media that the film uses the premise of the gameshow 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' as a backbone. We see a similar scene to that which we see on UK tv, except, obviously, with a different presenter, different question, and winnings in rupees.
At one question away from 20 million rupees, he's arrested and questioned on suspicion of cheating, after all, how could a slumdog be intelligent enough to get so many correct answers? In response to the questions, Jamal tells his lifestory to the police. After every gameshow question, we see the interview room, and then we're taken on a separate vignette/flashback of his life, tying in to how he knew the answer to that question.
The flashbacks make up the majority of the film, and they're packed with action, characters and scenes. There's hardly any time to catch your breath before the next turn is in sight, so you shouldn't be bored watching this.
We also learn of his relationship to the loved-and-lost girl, Latika, who he strives to find throughout his life since being separated as a young boy in the slum. I'm not usually one for happily ever afters or soppy love stories, but I thought this was really touching.
In fact, the film broke my heart several times as I saw the atrocities in the slum, the unfairness, the violence, the abuse, the unfortunateness, the ugly side of India. This was weighed up and balanced out by the uplifting nature of this Slumdog Millionaire, who's kind-hearted, hopeful and honest. So, whilst there is much in the way of misery and disturbing scenes, there's also an underlying current of beauty and hope.
I thought the general layout of the film, which sees his life explored and unfolded in flashbacks at each question of the gameshow, was original and quirky. It was also fairly easy to follow and understand, which some films aren't when they attempt to go back and forth through time.
Whilst the ending was a little questionable, and I found myself a tad confused, I didn't find this affected my view of the film too significantly. It was well-made, with a great cast, script and direction, so it had a good quality and well-rounded feel to it.
The cast was well-chosen so we're able to follow Jamal from being a young boy, through to the young man sitting in the hot seat, and feel like we're under his skin. I don't want to go into the politics of the show, such as who the other cast members were (ie. The young boys & girls from the slums), but obviously that's one huge controversy that's not in favour of this film. That said, the cast and acting overall was good; Dev Patel (Skins), who leads the way as Jamal, was excellent (and even I, the non-soppy-film type, found myself falling for him by the end!). Freida Pinto plays Latika, but I should also point out there are the younger versions of the main characters (ie. Jamal, his brother and Latika), all of which play their parts well.
This film is harsh and hard-hitting, so be prepared to be thrown into a completely different world without any sugar-coated protection. It's gritty and dark, harrowing in several parts, and more than sad. But the morals, the underlying sense of hope, pulls through and transforms this film into quite a heart-warming one.
RRP £19.99 but selling on Amazon for £3.98
It is written.... that your story is your destiny. An interesting take on ones life.
Slumdog Millionaire is the winner of 8 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director and has been described as the feel-good film of the decade. What I loved about it was that it was a great story told in a fresh, exciting, different way that caught your attention from beginning to end. It also won seven BAFTA Awards (including Best Film), five Critics' Choice Awards, and four Golden Globes.
Mumbai is well known for its slums which are truly heartbreaking but sometimes someone can rise from the ruins and achieve something great and this is what this story is about. When we first meet the slumdog in question, Jamal Malik, he is being interrogated, and rather disturbingly and roughly. He has been arrested for cheating as no-one at first believes that he could only be one question away from winning 20 million Rupees on the Indian version of the television game show 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire?' People do not believe that a young boy from the slums is clever enough to know all the answers to the questions he has answered so far. But he goes on to tell his very clever story and the interesting way in which his life has answered a different question for him along the way. Jamal is able to draw on his life experiences and has an answer for everything. I found this very clever and I love the way in which the story is told in a series of flashbacks to not only show you how he grew up and got to this point in his life but also how he came to know all the answers.
We see Jamal as a little boy and I have to say this was probably my favourite part of the film as the young kids were just so cute. It is around this time that Jamal meets Latika and what we see is a life long love story that moves from childhood friends to grown up lovers. As little boys Jamal and his brother Salim make a living travelling on top of trains, selling goods, picking pockets, and pretending to be tour guides at the Taj Mahal. This part was really funny and the sheer enterprising nature of the little boys was very cute to see.
As Jamal grows up he is separated from Latika but never forgets her and embarks upon a quest to save her from circumstances beyond her control. His brother Salim also takes a different path in growing up and its interesting to see how his life takes shape too. Even though we see the slum in all it's terrible circumstances we also see some beautiful parts of India and I think it really makes you want to visit there. The colours are just so bright, beautiful and vibrant and you can see the family ties and values that the country has.
This film made stars of its two young leads, Dev Patel as Jamal and the very beautiful Freida Pinto as Latika. I thought they were both very good in this film. Freida was very realistic I thought as I believe she grew up and lived in India. Dev and Freida are now an item in real life too so their love story is still carrying on.
The film was directed by Danny Boyle who also directed Trainspotting and Shallow Grave. What I really like about him is that he has gone on to take care of the young stars he used in the movie because he saw what awful conditions they lived in. I believe he has purchased houses for them and their families and is keeping in touch with them to follow their progress.
The DVD is rated 15 as it contains strong language and violence and some of the special features include deleted scenes, commentary by the director Danny Boyle and the making of Slumdog.
I have to admit that unlike the rest of the country, even the world, I was not that desperate to see this film. Yeah I had heard the hype and the adverts looked interesting but I just wasn't that bothered. In fact my sister and mum went to see it at the cinema and I refused to go with them. Seriously regret it now tho!!! A few months later when it was out on dvd a friend lent it to me.
It was a Sunday afternoon, I was bored and I thought, ok why not it can't be that bad. I even got all my manicure stuff out and intended to do my nails while it was on to occupy me.
Let's just say the nails never got done! From about ten minutes in I was hooked straight away.
It starts with a young boy Jamal Malik who is being tortured by the Police. He has been a contestant on the Indian version of Who wants to be a Millionaire and has made it to the final question. Being a poor young lad from the slums, they instantly assume he is cheating and they want to know how.
The rest of the film is then switching between the policeman questioning Jamal and going through every question he had answered so far, and Jamal recounting the stories of his life that lead him to know the answer. The stories are shown in flashbacks and give a real insight into his childhood growing up in the slums.
The story is action-packed and incredibly engaging, with the story line always full speed ahead. No time for day-dreaming or nail painting during this one!
The film gives a hard-hitting, gritty portrayal of life in the slums. A lot of the stories are very sad or disturbing. Yet at times it shows beauty, love and hilarity.
The majority of his stories include the two main people in Jamal's life, his brother and a girl they grew up with who he is in love with.
I won't go into any more detail except to say not only is it one of the most action-packed and intriguing stories I have seen but it was also one of the sweetest and most beautiful stories as well. Well done Danny Boyle, this really did deserve all the hype and accolade it got!
Oh and one last mention has to go to not only the adult actors, but also the children who played out Jamal's childhood. They were fantastic and are set to be superstars I'm sure!
Jamal Malik is one question away from winning 20 million rupees?
How did he do it?
A. he cheated
B. he's lucky
C. he's a genius
D. it's destiny
(film only review)
This film was released in the cinemas over a year ago now and has gone on to receive critical acclaim and has won a number of major film awards. As you can see from the picture it received 8 Oscars at the Academy awards including one for best picture and best director for Danny Boyle. I had wanted to see this film for quite a while but only managed to catch it when it came on channel 4 on tv recently. I had watched some of the television series Skins so I was familiar with Dev Patel and also Irfaan Khan who was in the film 'Namesake' which I had also seen. The other actors and actresses were less familiar especially the ones played by local children from Mumbai. I was keen to see the film and check out the hype.
The film is the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year old orphan from the slums of Mumbai in India. He has somehow got his way on to the popular game show 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. He is one question away from winning 20 million rupees when the show breaks for the night. During this time he is arrested and questioned over suspicions of cheating. They can't understand how he could have answered all the questions correctly without cheating as he is known to be a street kid with no education who had grown up in the slums. During this questioning we find out more about him and his life up to this point including his love interest , a girl named Latika. As the film moves on we find out how he came to be on the show and his motivation and reasons for it. Is he a cheat or is it just his destiny?
This may be described as a feel good film but it has a number of emotional and quite disturbing scenes. The ones chosen as the child actors were actually real slum kids. There were reports around their pay and that they weren't paid enough for their roles and still live in the slums. There are reports that they are to move into better housing but I don't know what is exactly happening with it all right now. What I can say is that their performances in the film are fantastic. They play their roles in a charming and gripping way which keeps you engrossed and at the same time you feel empathatic towards them. The direction and cinematography are great and capture the film and scenery well. It is quite a long film but moves along at a good enough pace that you don't notice the time too much. The music by A. R . Rahman also provides a great backdrop to the gripping story. He won an award for best original score at the Academy awards and the song Jai Ho won for best original song. Dev Patel also plays his role well and his love interest is played well by newcomer Freida Pinto. The guy who plays the host (Anil Kapoor) was on the annoying side but I guess that is his character. Irfaan Khan plays the role of interrogator and police officer in an effective way. Overall the film is a very good watch but I find it a bit hard to give it 5/5. It is almost there but not quite for me. The story although fantastic is a little far fetched but it is definitely recommended and at least worth watching once.
Directed by: Danny Boyle
Ayush Mahesh Khedekar
Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar
Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail
Ashutosh Lobo Gajiwala Music by A. R. Rahman
9 January 2009 (UK)
Running time: 121 min.
it currently has a score of 8.4/10 from 154,610 votes on Imdb.com
After wanting to see this movie for over a year I actualy got my wish when it was shown on Channel 4 last week.
I had heard a mixture of reviews about the movie varying from "oh what a brilliant film you must see it" to "well I didnt really think that much of it"
My expierience is that we all have different ideas about movies so watched with an open mind.
Released in 2008 and directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days later and Sunshine)
The setting is the slums of Mumbai and tells us the story of two young brothers who are orphaned when their Mother is killed during a fight between two religous factions.
The brothers Jamil and Salim Malik meet another young orphan Latika and so begins a love story.
When Jamil(Dev Patel of Skins) gets a place on the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire show and gets to the final question everyone asks how he can know all the answers and you are shown how he knows in flashbacks from his past.
There are some really distressing scenes in this movie which used children that really grew up in the slums.
The acting is brilliant and yes I can see what everyone was raving about.
A great soundtrack too which you can buy for £4.98 from Play.com
The movie is available to buy for £3.98 from Amazon U.K or you can watch it on Channel 4 tonight at 9pm.