Monday, May 3, 2010

"Slumdog Millionaire" Review

By Katie Quinn

"Slumdog Millionaire," directed by British director Danny Boyle, was released on November 12, 2008. It was a great success and was nominated for best movie, winning eight Oscars and numerous other awards. This movie is considered to be a comic drama, but it offers a lot more.

Set and filmed in India, it is about an 18-year-old orphan named Jamal Malik, who came from the slums of Mumbai and won the game “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” Jamal tells the story of his life in the slums, where he and his brother, Salim, grew up, and how he knew each question that was asked in the game show. The host and the producers of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” thought Jamal was cheating, since he knew the answers and harassed him until he told them how he knew them. Each chapter of the movie explains each question as they were given to him and how he encountered information about every question that was asked.

While Jamal was a boy he came across a girl name Latika, who he loved but then lost. The reason he went on the game show was not to win a million dollars but to try and get Latika’s attention to see her again, because he knew that she would be watching the show.

Many critics really enjoyed "Slumdog Millionaire." The New York Post said “Slumdog Millionaire, which just may be the most entertaining movie I've ever labeled a masterpiece.” They believe that four stars are not enough for this movie. Robert Ebert also really liked the movie. He states “This is a breathless, exciting story, heartbreaking and exhilarating at the same time.” Ebert also states, “The film's surface is so dazzling that you hardly realize how traditional it is underneath. But it's the buried structure that pulls us through the story like a big engine on a short train.” The Wall Street Journal said that “Slumdog Millionaire" “is the film world's first globalized masterpiece.”

I really enjoyed watching "Slumdog Millionaire." The first time I saw it was in the movie theater, not knowing what to expect. When the movie was over I was amazed by the acting and the story line. This movie is unique and memorable. I loved every minute of it. "Slumdog Millionaire" is my favorite movie. I recommend that people watch this film.

Kaitlyn Quinn, of Mahopac, NY, is a junior at St. Thomas Aquinas College, studying for a business degree. My goal is to start and manage my own business and to become a successful business manager. I love and enjoy working in retail stores.

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