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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Movie Watch: Slumdog Millionaire

Largely, Slumdog Millionaire lives up to the hype. It's a fun little drama that doesn't shy away from the occasional scene that will instill a wince into the audience.

The biggest triumph from the movie is its ability to play at the heartstrings without feeling like a Hollywood movie. If anything, Boyle brings his distinct touch to the film which gives a unique air. The movie isn't Hollywood, it's not Bollywood - even though it certainly lifts aspects of each.

As an aside, Danny Boyle is a damn impressive director. Anyone who can bring us Millions (which if you enjoy Slumdog, I highly recommend), 28 Days Later and this film is about as versatile as you can get. He's certainly on my "I'd watch anything he makes" list.

If there's any critique of the movie, it is that it is a slow ride to a rather predictable ending. That's a shallow problem all and all though, since the ride is interesting, at times poignant and often a joy to watch (or wince).

Highly recommend. Soundtrack is pretty good too...

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