Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Slum Dog Millionaire

We saw Slum Dog Millionaire for the second time this past weekend. I'll try not to say too much about why I like it in case you haven't seen it. We found it to be one of the best movies we have ever seen. Yes, there are some difficult scenes and some things that might anger certain groups, but the overall effect is an amazing tapestry of current social issues and classical dramatic themes.

Slum Dog Millionaire is technically brilliant with outstanding acting that stays within the boundaries of the characters. The characters are thus accessible and human, not exaggerated portraits but realistic portrayals. The direction is creative but not distracting. The real star of the show is the story itself that touches on so many important and challenging questions. It is one of those rare films that you can watch again and again, each time finding something new about the story, and if you are willing, something new about yourself.