11 January 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Released in December 2008 and directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, 28 Days Later - two of my favorite movies of all time), Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal, his brother Salim, and their childhood friend (and Jamal's love interest) Latika set all throughout India from Bombay to Mumbai and how Jamal decides to be a contestant on India's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" in order to reconnect with Latika, who's gone missing from his life several times due to kidnapping and violence. Based on the book Q and A by Vikas Swarup, Slumdog is not to be missed and is not just any love story, where many of the recurring themes include that of friendship, loyalty, and "one for all and all for one." M.I.A. and modern Bollywood music make for a fast-paced, energizing soundtrack. Be sure to stay for the credits for a complete Bollywood-style dance performance featuring the two main actors, Dev Patel (Jamal) and Friedo Pinto (Latika), among 100+ backup dancers.

Five out of five stars, 120 minutes. Don't sleep through this one!

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