Everyone wants to become rich, even those who are poor and can not afford luxuries. Many countries experience poverty with the big dream of becoming wealthy. One of these countries is India where the status of the people are very low. But what if a man from the streets answered all of the questions on the popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and won? That is 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire”, and the result is truly a magnificent trick to pull off. While the film may not appeal to some audiences, it will definitely keep your interest. “Slumdog Millionaire” tells a unique story about achieving success from the most unlikely of places.
The story has a young man from the slums of India named Jamal (Dev Patel). He is on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? trying to be famous like everyone else. But is he really trying to become famous like the other people before him? As the questions are played out, Jamal realizes the questions concern memories from his past. These memories include his brother Salim (Madhur Mittal) and a girl named Latika (Freida Pinto). Latika just so happens to be the love interest for Jamal. Can Jamal answer the final question, or is he cheating?
“Slumdog Millionaire” is one of those movies that keeps the viewer interested at all times. Despite the slow nature of the film, it still manages to be incredible. The direction by Danny Boyle is intriguing as the quick personality of an action flick. In terms of acting, all of the actors and actresses portray their characters with such memorable performances, they are easily recognizable. The music is pure genius as with most Indian music, the songs and soundtrack are great to listen to. But what holds the movie together is the story. It combines themes of destiny, chance, and luck all into one movie, and there numerous references throughout; “The Three Musketeers” is a notable exception. The movie definitely keeps the viewer with what is happening on screen.
With that said, there are a few minor complaints concerning the film. For one thing, the movie can get a little disturbing and may turn off some viewers. Also, at certain points, the camera does not know how to to act on its own accord, as there numerous moments where there are instances of the shaky cam.
In conclusion, “Slumdog Millionaire” is a movie that may not be for everyone, but it does keep suspense built up while telling a story in today’s modern world.