Summit County’s must-see film: ‘Slumdog Millionaire’
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Summit County, CO Colorado
To say “Slumdog Millionaire” is simply about a kid born in the slums who becomes a contestant on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” to attract a girl is a gross understatement, both of the plot and the emotional tone.
The millionaire show acts as a device to tell a much deeper story: one about two brothers and a neighborhood girl who fall into corrupt hands and have different reactions to their childhood traumas.
The movie alternates between scenes of an older Jamal (Dev Patel) sitting in the hot seat on the popular television show, and him flashing back to his younger life. Had director Danny Boyle not used this method ” which gives audiences some hope, as well as a bit of a breather ” the story of Jamal, his brother Salim (Madhur Mittal) and the girl with whom he strives to reunite (Latika, played by Freida Pinto) might have become too emotionally burdensome.
As it is, the movie is gritty, disturbing and intense.
Still, it’s completely worth watching.
It’s similar to “The Kite Runner,” in that it portrays two boys suffering atrocities, growing apart, then coming to some resolution ” however disconcerting. But it executes the story better than “The Kite Runner” did.
Though “Slumdog” involves a variation of the traditional plot of boy finds girl, boy loses girl, etc., it’s hardly a tired or trite variation; it feels much more real.
Throughout the movie, the scenes are fast, colorful, vivid and memorable, the sounds are loud, and the story is haunting, both for ill and good; it elicits feelings of pain and gratitude and thoughts of destiny and how trauma can end up serving a person.
In short, it’s a satisfying experience if you enjoy walking away from a movie with things to think about.
The only misstep occurs during the credit rolls, which are incompatible with the overall emotional tone of the movie ” an attempt to gloss over any conflicting feelings the story stirs.
But other than that one “Hollywood” faddish error, the movie is refreshingly bold, honest and provocative.
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