A: An orphan from the slums of Bombay relives his difficult childhood through a game of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Q: Who’s in the movie?
A: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Irfan Khan, Anil Kapoor, Madhur Mittal, and a bunch of fantastic child actors whose names are nowhere to be found on the internet, and race by much too quickly in the end credits. Total ageism, I say!
Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?
A: Go! It is your destiny. I know the description sounds too meta for school, but it's actually really cool, inventive, and even a little bit spiritual-- especially if you believe that everything happens for a reason.
Q: Will this movie make me laugh?
A: The humor is very subtle and highbrow, so if you're afraid of the sound of one man laughing, you should try to do it quietly.
Q: Will this movie make me cry?
A: Though it is moving, there are no real tear-jerking moments. In other emotionally disturbing news, including The Black Balloon and Zack & Miri Make a Porno, this is the third movie I've seen IN A ROW, with an extended graphic sequence about poop! I'm only now realizing how many different colors and textures it comes in. Lucky for me, bad things happen in threes, so I have hope that the next film I see will be poopless. Lucky for you, you've been warned.
Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?
A: A. R. Rahman, who is known as the John Williams of Bollywood-- only more famous-- is highly likely to acquire an Oscar nomination for his score. And actually, it's even got a solid chance at Best Picture in the smaller races, like the Independent Spirit Awards.
Q: How is the Acting?
A: As we see 3 generations of each character (who are cast surprisingly well to look like each other), it is always impressive when the youngest versions of the characters are the most fun to watch. Perhaps it's because they're so uninhibited, but maybe it's because they're so little and cute... And speaking of good-looking, the grown up version of the girl, Freida Pinto, who has never acted in a movie before-- though you'd have no way of knowing from this performance--, looks like Indian Barbie... I think she may be one of the most beautiful women in the world.
Q: How is the Directing?
A: High energy and beautifully descriptive, even in the ugliest and most downtrodden of neighborhoods. If you've seen Trainspotting, then you know that Danny Boyle has a gift for making nasty, dirty things look exhilarating.
Q: How is the story/script?
A: It's something I have never seen before, both in structure and in content. You will be entertained and learn about the culture of a far away place, without having to smell its stench. Sorry, India, but I can tell just by looking at you that you stink like rotting flesh.
Q: Is there anything else worth mentioning about the movie?
A: Paper Planes by M. I. A., the same song that is highly featured in Pineapple Express, is also used ad-nauseam in this film. Music creates such an important visceral association, that I think there should be a law against musicians being allowed to sell a song to more than one movie soundtrack within the same 5 year period-- Unless, of course, it's a spoof trying to recall the original movie the song incites. Bottom line, M. I. A. is a whore.
Q: Where can I see the trailer?
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