Before the Golden Globes, I’d never heard of Slumdog Millionaire. Since it won 4 Golden Globes, last weekend we decided to see it.
In a nutshell, it’s about hope, friendship, destiny, poverty, siblings, growing, chance, courage, love, pain, joy, hardship, tears, spirit, resilience, power, good and evil. As a film it is compelling, touching, humorous, curious, heartbreaking, and a celebration – yet in many ways, a fantasy.
For me, “critically acclaimed” movies are a roll of the dice because sometimes that phrase means a movie only the critics get. I didn’t enjoy Rachel’s Wedding, but with each passing day, my appreciation for Slumdog Millionaire grows. The way the story intertwines the present (Who Wants to be a Millionaire questions) and the past is brilliant.
Since seeing the film, Slumdog has understandably received 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, and several music nominations.
Include Slumdog Millionaire into your weekend plans. Since we enjoyed the music, here’s a video (actually shown during the credits) capturing many scenes.
(Due to copyright restrictions, 20th Century Fox as removed the video from YouTube, thus I have replaced it).