Film review: Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla

Director: Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan

Synopsis: A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing  in the slums, when he is accused of cheating on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire”.

The first time I watched this movie I was in year 9 and sitting in my English class. To be honest I had no expectations when it came to watching this movie, because most movies I have watched in school at that time were terrible. However, after viewing this film multiple times for school it has become one of my favourite films to watch, that I never get tired of.

India has always been a country that I have wanted to visit because of the unique culture full of colourful garments, exotic food, and rich architecture. This movie just amped up my love for India, which is very strange to say considering this film delves into the life a man growing up in the slums  and the corruption of poverty.

The movie exhibits the effect of poverty with both Jamal and Salim (main protagonists) considering how one brother chooses to escape poverty through crime and thus tainting his heart. On the other hand, the other brother still maintains his innocence and purity by not allowing the corruption accompanied with poverty to steer him towards a life of crime.

This movie is a unique and colourful film full of vibrant characters. It manages to incorporate Jamal’s life into the game show seamlessly providing an interesting viewing experience.


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