Sunday, September 14, 2008

TIFF 08: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire is a movie that manages to be unbelievably violent but in the end heartwarming and romantic. The movie manages to be funny too. Slumdog Millionaire opens with Jamal Malik being tortured by the police because he is believed to have cheated on the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Slowly through his memory we learn that he didn't cheat at all, he didn't even want to win, but rather knew all the answers to the questions because of how they related to his rough life. Now I know this all sounds hokey but somehow through beautiful and lush cinematography of the beauty and ugliness of India, the great performances of the young and unknown actors (this film contains the best child performances ever put to film), the wonderful music which is at once beautiful, mechanic and gut wrenching depending on the moment in the film and the romance of the film, the audience can not be unmoved by in the end.

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