Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire review

Such captivating films as Slumdog Millionaire are few and far between. Even truly great films can struggle to suck in and completely immerse the viewer in the film’s universe, unbroken for the duration.

From the literally awesome opening scenes, Danny Boyle, the brilliant, eclectic, refreshingly down-to-earth British director, refuses to let-up. A simple, even bland (on the surface) premise becomes a fast-paced, non-stop, exhilarating journey as Jamal, his brother, and the love of his young life find their ways, and struggle to survive, in the world they find themselves in.

The marketing of the film as “feelgood” is a little misleading, possibly purposefully so, to dupe people in to seeing a film with real grit. But there can’t be many disappointed customers - it works brilliantly on just about every level, from script to cinematography to sound, and is nothing short of breathtaking.

5 out of 5

16th Jan 2009