Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
Released: November 12th, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Director: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan (Co-director)
Writers: Simon Beaufoy (Screenplay)
Cast: Dev Patel, Irrfan Kahn
Slumdog Millionaire was a huge international success back in 2008 and it took me a few years still to watch it, but when I saw it, I found it to be overall incredible and heartbreaking. It explores the best and worst aspects of life for those living in poverty.
A Mumbai teenager reflects on his tumultuous life after being accused of cheating on the Indian version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”.
It practices realism to a point, but does sometimes border the surreal at times. It paints a traumatic childhood filled with dangers and difficulties, but sometimes smoothed things over with good fortune and even a touch of humor.
It jumps around a bit too much to my liking between present and past. I understand why, but sometimes it gets confusing especially in the second half of the film.
In Western culture, especially in Europe and North America, we have a tendency to take our wealth for granted. This film shows clearly the many dangers that come with extreme poverty. The violence, disease, and crime that can be associated with it.
Dev Patel’s acting is superior to most at this age. Really he is incredible and with such presence I already looked forward to what he would do in the future (I was right to think that and still I enjoy seeing him in things.)
Beyond the film:
This film explores poverty and how it makes younger people more susceptible to a life of crime. It also shows the different dangers that men and women have. Often times women will suffer even more than the men.
A powerful movie that illuminates the struggles of millions possibly billions to live a hard life of absolute poverty and the means they take to escape it at all costs. We see how some will rise above it, but many have no choice but to suffer endlessly through it.