Sunday 18 January 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

To see Danny Boyle's extraordinary Slumdog Millionaire yesterday. The story of a boy from the Mumbai slums who goes on to win the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? shows how he managed to get the questions right through flashbacks to harrowing events of a life scarred by inter-ethnic violence, gangs, an orphanage led by a Fagin-like character and a pathos-filled love story. It is all told at a cracking pace, with a heady mix or horror and sentiment, including some brilliant performances by the principals - and a great soundtrack. I can certainly see why it is lined up for so many awards.

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