Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
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It's not overhyped and overrated. Almost no Hollywood picture compares to this rags to riches story. You can imagine what Hollywood would do if they made this movie, it would drip of cynicism and falsehood. Danny Boyle manages to create a rich story, something that rarely comes out of the cinema nowadays.
An almost Dickensian journey from child to young adult in the slums of India. It's also a grand love story, and a film about memory, as each question asked of the protagonist on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? sends us into a flashback that will show how he knows the answer (or doesn't). A huge editing effort, and it works completely. Charming, striking, unique and unforgettable.
It’s a very interesting concept. Very original. I love how we hear about Jamal’s life through the questions.
The story is horrifying and brutal, funny and witty, and it confronts you with reality. The slumdogs do exist and if you’re on the internet, you’re probably one lucky son of a bitch.
Watch it. Despite the bruteness of the story, it surprisingly leaves you feeling hopeful.
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This movie ranks #31 in TIFF - People's Choice Award
This movie ranks #48 in iCheckMovies's Most Checked
This movie ranks #63 in BAFTA Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #78 in National Board of Review Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #82 in Academy Award - Best Picture
This movie ranks #111 in Academy Award - Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #128 in Golden Globe Award - Best Motion Picture
This movie ranks #284 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #302 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #380 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Worldwide Box Office
This movie ranks #468 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #712 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #725 in Box Office Mojo's All Time Adjusted Box Office