Friday, December 26, 2008

Gritty Feel Good Film - Slumdog Millionaire

How can a feel good film be gritty you ask. This oxymoron was achieved with delightful results in "Slumdog." Based on the book "Q and A" written by Indian author, Vikas Swarup, and directed by Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting," "28 Days"), the film is about a kid, Jamal, who grew up in the slums of Mumbai but rose to become a popular contestant in India's equivalent of the game show "How to be a Millionaire." Though a person from such modest means should not have such a vast knowledge required to answer the game show questions, we quickly learn that Jamal's rich life experiences allowed him to possess obscure information. The tale of his life is what unfolds for the majority of the film.

There's also gems such as the music soundtrack with collaboration from M.I.A. that really added to the energy and intensity of city living in India. It was also very cool to see the insides of a "call center" now ubiquitous in countries like India and the Philippines. I'll write more about that another time.

Already winning prestigious film festival awards, accolades from critiques and audiences worldwide, it is also capturing Oscar buzz. The LA Times, NY Post and Chicago Sun Times all chose it as the #1 film of 2008. Cannot say enough about this fascinating movie. Watch the film and get the soundtrack.

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