Now I know why AMPAS awarded 8 Oscars to Danny Boyle’s ‘Slumdog Millionaire.’ The sensational story behind the success of this movie already reverberated in households all over the world for quite some time even before the Academy Awards.
From Dumas to Christopher de Leon
The show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” played the pivotal role throughout the movie. Whenever I hear the show’s theme, I instantaneously remember Christopher de Leon in the defunct local version of the game show. Jamal Malik (Dev Patel) was great in delivering few but meaningful lines. I never thought that the beginning of the film would be very much related to the ending. Who would have imagined that ‘Aramis’ (from The Three Musketeers) would be worth 20 million rupees?
A good brain exercise
Slumdog millionaire is a very intelligent film. Several stories are perfectly stitched together resulting to a masterpiece that encompasses love, art, humanity, society and reality. I’m not talking about the questions asked by Anil Kapoor (game show host) which were not really difficult. The story will keep your mind very stimulated.
What love really means
Latika (Frieda Pinto) made me realize what love is about – its value and meaning. The movie may have portrayed an “ideal” romance with a happy ending but the instance is far from impossible. The unique love story intertwined with money and sex produced emotional scenes which affected me a lot. Now I have my own meaning for the word ‘love.’ The movie concretized my belief in destiny.
I was disturbed by some scenes especially that of the “Bombay” era of India’s present financial capital. Astonishing scenes portrayed how difficult it is to live in this Indian city. The movie revealed astonishing lifestyle practices, chaotic city life and unbelievable sights that will let one appreciate his/her comfortable life.
Slumdog Millionaire’s music was generally exotic. The Indian touches complemented every scene in the move. I found the ending (the Bollywood dance) very entertaining especially because this kind of production number is always included in Indian movies. It completed the award-winning spectacle. Viewers will appreciate how much effort was allotted to cinematography as well. Every scene was carefully thought of and interpreted in a very artistic way (Salam’s “bathtub of money” and “climax flashbacks” are some of the scenes I will never forget).
I love the new way the Academy Awards was presented. Hugh Jackman did a very good job hosting (and singing, too!). I bet ‘copycat’ award-giving bodies would imitate the new way on how awards are presented. People from Hollywood never run out of creativity.