In the strictest sense of a film review the upshot is: Should you see it or should you not. In the case of Slumdog Millionaire it isn’t complicated: See it, final answer.
The film adaptation of Vikas Swarup’s Q and A written by Simon Beaufoy (Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, The Full Monty) is dark, enlightening and engaging. The Academy Award winning movie (Film, cinematography, directing, editing, sound, original score, original song and adaptation) is a force to be reckoned with and if you think you know the story from watching supper hour entertainment review shows you couldn’t be further from the truth. Jamal and Salim live in poverty in India. When they are still very young they witness their mother’s murder when hindu’s riot and invade their muslim part of town.
The same night tha gilr named Latika also loses her parents and throws in her lot with the boys. Going into details about the story would give away a very complicated and complex plot the likes of which are bound to be disturbing to some viewers. The life of an orphan in the world’s second most populated country in the world in the fifth most densely populated city in the world in one of the poorest places on the planet is not an easy one and it is not portrayed as easy or comfortable. It is a harsh existence with harsh realities which Jamal, Salim and Latika have to face just to get through each day.
The performances in Slumdog Millionaire are superb. The emotionally drained Jamal (Dev Patel) will have you rooting for him at every turn. Latika is played to perfection by Freida Pinto though a remarkably subtle, realistic and touching performance by Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar Latika in her early teens comes close to stealing the show. Other performances of note are Irrfan Khan as the police inspector and Ankur Vikal who is thoroughly convincing as Maman a man who redefines malice. If you are in the mood for flawless cinematography, a great sound track, a great story and direction that is seamless then this is definitely the movie for you. Do not – I repeat do not – watch this movie with children in the room it is a story for adults who can accept even if they do not understand how harsh the world can be even to the smallest and most defenseless of us.
Slumdog Millionaire single-disc DVD will be presented in widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio) with English/ Hindi 5.1 Dolby Surround
Bonus features include: Slumdog Dreams: Danny Boyle & The Making of Slumdog Millionaire.
Chase Through Slums Longer Version
Boys At Container Yard/Beanbags/Yellow Dress
Prem At Police Station
Frederick Stevens Question
Jamal at Opera, Boys Leave Agra
Jamal Searches, finds Arvind
Chowpatty Beach And Tulip Star
Jamal Returns To Tulip Star
Jamal Wakes In Slum
"Why Can't You Leave It Alone"
Jamal Loses Latika, Calls Salim
Commentary by Director Danny Boyle and Actor Dev Patel and Commentary by Producer Christian Colson and Writer Simon Beaufoy