Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mini Review: Slumdog Millionaire

Yes, the streak continues! With very special thanks going out to our very good friends - and Ryan's favorite sometimes-babysitters, Lynne & Forest, we were able to see at least one of the nominated Best Pictures before the awards ceremony. Nothing like cutting it close, huh?

So, is it even worth mentioning at this point that "Slumdog Millionaire" was really good? It's won just about every major award at this point and is by far the front runner to take home the Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday. Even Jon Stewart has been pimping its virtues as opposed to those of "Benjamin Button. ("Is the old baby OK?") But in a way, it was surprising to see such a fresh, simple movie when you go to see an Oscar contender. This is no sweeping epic with a soaring score and cast of thousands. There's no "I never learned to read" moment. It's hard to say there is no weighty subject matter when the movie takes place amidst the bleakest landscape of abject poverty - it's enough to make even the most jaded of us thank our lucky stars we live in America. Still, it's handled so matter-of-factly. This is the reality of living in Mumbai. Never do you feel as though they are stacking the deck in order to manipulate your emotions.

Everything was impeccably done: performances, editing, cinematography, casting. It even has great closing credits. So if you haven't yet checked it out, and you can wrangle some awesome babysitters, do so. You won't be disappointed.

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