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Slumdog Millionaire Review

Slumdog Millionaire

I have to admit the story in this movie is definitely enticing, and the storytelling is also very clever. In the movie, Jamal Malik’s painful and tough childhood is revealed through the questions of the popular TV game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”. Although highly unrealistic, but taken that Slumdog Millionaire is almost like a modern-day fairy tale, I chose to enjoy the story.

When I was taken into Jamal’s childhood, first I noticed the colors. Like many Indian films, every frame is fulled of colors. However, immediately after the shallow visual observation is the hard-swallowed truth, the unsanitary and impoverished slum of Mumbai where Jamal grew up. I think this is what the director Danny Boyle wanted to show the rest of the world through this movie, not just the love story between Jamal and Latika.

Towards the end of the film, the story became predictable. Just like any fairy tale, good triumphs and the evil is defeated, or at least temporary forgettable, and the lovers live happily ever after. Personally, I prefer parts of film about Jamal’s childhood, they make you laugh, worry and cry. So, I definitely recommend this movie. It certainly will make you encouraged due to its happy ending, but I would not say that it is the best film in 2008, probably one that stands out in mediocrity because of the unique and engaging story of Jamal.

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