Monday, February 02, 2009

Who Wants to be a Slumdog Millionaire?

Okay, I admit it. I really like Leonardo DiCaprio. So back in 2000, when a film called The Beach came out—I saw it and I loved it. It had amazing cinematography, great editing and a stellar soundtrack. This led me to director Danny Boyle’s other great and explicit work—Trainspotting—again, sweet editing and an unreal soundtrack.

The Danny Boyle circle has been completed with Slumdog Millionaire. I’m sure you know the premise so I’ll just tell you why this is a must-see-in-the-theater movie. Once again, there’s a killer soundtrack that’s mixed by and features the insanely talented M.I.A. I seriously can’t get enough of the track Paper Planes, sheesh. The locations are unreal. Unreal in that you can’t believe that these places exist and unreal in that they are so rich despite being down right filthy. The casting is superb, especially the child actors. They’re completely and utterly believable. Finally, along that same casting note, Freida Pinto, the freshman actress who plays Latika, is a mega-hottie.
So go see this flick.

It’s brutal, yet beautiful. It’s graphic, yet gracious. It’s haunting, yet humbling. And you’ll wanna root for something at the Oscars, right?
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