Saturday, March 7, 2009

Bookish Movie: Slumdog Millionaire

As you may or may not know, Slumdog Millionaire is based on the novel Q&A (which I have not read). The movie has gotten a ton of hype, accolades, and awards, so I cannot imagine that if you live in America, the UK, or India, you are not aware of it. Hearing all the hype made me a bit wary of the movie. I couldn't believe it would live up to it.

But, it did. It was great. Touching, heart-wrenching, hopeful--fabulous. I really don't think it is a stretch to call it the feel-good movie of the year (So far), and I can absolutely see why everyone if going nuts for it.

The main character is from a slum in Mumbai, and he gets the opportunity to go on India's version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and he doesn't miss a question. Noone believes that he could actually know the answers, so they take him into police custody and try to get him to admit he is a cheater by torturing him. Through this process, he explains how he learned each answer and we get to see the hellish life he has grown up with and learn his true motivation for going on the show.

Make sure you stay for the credits and the Bollywood style dance number.

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