Monday, 2 February 2015

Review: Slumdog Millionare

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE : A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.

I think I go as far as to say the Slumdog Millionaire is regarded by most people as some of Danny Boyle's finest films, but Danny Boyle is a very credible film maker and a terrific director. He made films like : Shallow Grave, Trance, Train Spotting, 127 Hours etc.

I think the key to Slumdog's success is the uplifting agenda at the heart of it, it's a film which follows the life of this Mumbai teen who starts off with nothing and watch how he progresses and by the end is a success in his achievements the common thing with following stories like this one is it's about the interest value in what your film has got and expanding that and developing that into something for which an audience will enjoy. 

Another point to raise on the subject is as well as wanting the audience to feel anticipated, on that part Slumdog does that really well. It keeps you interested it never boars and the last few moments before he gets the final question right are the most nerve racking moments of the film.

I thought the film was very well advertised and it was in the advertising that assisted in taking the public eye by storm because this is a film, I feel an audience will be able to familiarise themselves with in great interest not just for the investment of going to see it for the purposes of entertainment factor but because an audience can invest in it. If that makes sense, no one watches a film because they need to, they do it because they want to. It's one of those films which is about how the film tells itself and what you as the viewer can make from that.

The film uses dazzling cinematography, intriguing editing, driving music and headlong momentum to explode with narrative force, stirring in a romance at the same time. For Danny Boyle, it is a personal achievement. He combines the suspense of a game show with the vision and energy of "City of God" and never stops striving.  8/10

Next Review : Dead Poets Society. 

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