Sunday, January 04, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire is gritty, stylish, disquieting, and incredibly well made. I want to see it a second time to better understand how it was shot. Apparently the whole movie was shot with handheld digital, which makes a ton of sense in retrospect but I actually never thought about the cinematography per se, except to be be amazed.

I now both want to visit Mumbai more than ever and also never ever go to India, ever.

It's got all of the heart that Danny Boyle's long ago Trainspotting lacked, and even more of the style.

I'd even say it's better than 28 Days Later (okay, 28 Days wasn't awesome, but it wasn't bad either).


Anonymous said...

"Slumdog" was very good. Definitely better than "28 days." But still I think it's being overpraised. Wonderful visually, but the plot required so many coincidences that it got in its own way.

t said...

I hear you -- at moments they took me out of the movie, but I took it as a kind of combination of fairy tale and in the tradition of a Bollywood movie. The basic plot device is sort of preposterous: this kid knows all he needs to know to win this game show from random moments in his life.

That doesn't exactly excuse the coincidences, I know.