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Jan 14, 2009

FILM REVIEW: SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

I haven't written any film reviews for this blog since I think The Dark Knight. Maybe because I haven't seen a lot of good films lately. There are a number of good ones that came out last year, but not really worth blogging. But this one... Wow.

Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal, an uneducated Indian who joined Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. It narrates how he knew the answer to all of the questions in the contest, and basically the reason why he joined the show. It's actually a love story between Jamal and Latika, the love of his life, how they got separated and found each other in the end.

It's a very effective feel-good movie. I mean, I was smiling the last 15 minutes of the film, it was the best part of the movie. But I'm not saying that that's just the highlight of it. Slumdog Millionaire's got a lot of great moments. Jamal is a very likeable character. You get to follow him as a kid, how he got a famous actor's autograph, how he became a tourist guide in Taj Mahal and of course the tragic way he met Latika.

The film is moving. Maybe because all of the actors were great in it. The indifferent host of the show was annoying, Latika gets my sympathy anytime she's around, and Jamal's brother Salim was both irritating and relateable. It's just brilliant.

It's really hard to write a review without giving any spoilers that's why I'm having a hard time writing this, but I'd want you to see this for yourself. It is a really good movie in the veins of Pursuit of Happyness or As Good As It Gets. It's sort of a Rags to Riches story that guys would appreciate. Stories like these rarely come to the big screen, and rarer still to be very good. I liked it. Scratch that. I LOVED IT!!!

I especially loved the last 15 minutes of the movie. I think this has the best ending I've seen in a long while. You know it's the climax, but the way it was done, it shows how grand the story really is. Jamal's not just a simple call center help anymore... and his destiny at that point is about to be fulfilled. The drama, the tension, it's an edge of your seat moment. I'm such a sucker for those kinds of things.

SCORE: 10 out of 10.

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I watched this film in the office, and now, a few of my colleagues are glued to their youku site watching this movie. I'd say I've had a very productive day.

27 comments:

The Gasoline Dude said...

I dunno what to do first: watch the movie or read the book. You know what they usually say about film adaptations. Like the others, baka mas maganda pa din 'yung book.

gillboard said...

not sure bout the book, but i really liked the film. Will look for the book, then decide which is better.

but for now, i liked the film alot.

MysLykeMeeh said...

Hmnn---that was a winning one!

gillboard said...

yeah, I heard it won all of the awards they were nominated in The Golden Globes.

ced said...

don't we just love youku? hehehe!
i heard its a pretty good movie nga. nuod ako bukas! hehe

gillboard said...

I love youku very much!!! Di pa siya bawal sa office unlike youtube... hehehe.. kaya movie marathon ako nito ngayon hehehe

Eben said...

Sa Youku ka rin pala nanonood. hehe. Hindi ko pa ito napapanood, maybe later pag uwi ng bahay. Nanalo 'to ng 4 na Golden Globes:

Best Picture - Drama
Best Motion Picture Original Score
Best Director
Best Screenplay

gillboard said...

yeah... deserving naman siya.. nagustuhan ko eh.. as if my opinion matters... lolz!!!

yoshke said...

hindi ko binasa tong entry na 'to. haha.

papanoorin ko pa lang. kakadownload lang. :P

gillboard said...

ala naman spoilers. pero okay lang... gud lak sa panunuod!!! feeling ko, mas maganda siya panuorin sa sine. hehe

Abou said...

di ko tinapos basahin baka me spoiler

i will definitely watch this film

The Scud said...

still hunting for the dvd. saw the trailer a few months back and it was great!

gillboard said...

abou: yah watch it, di sayang sa oras!!!

the scud: kung gusto mo repeat views, yeah watch the trailer, pero pwede mo rin download sa youku... malinaw siya.

teresa said...

will watch this later..hehe.
mukhang maganda nga.

youku? ang bagal kaya mag load dun,hehe!( baka naman sakin lang,hehe)

naisip ko lang, ano kayang work mo sa opis? prang ang petiks mo.lols!

gillboard said...

office internet gamit ko kaya mabilis siya magload..

petiks nga work ko kaya hinding-hindi ko ito iiwan.. at sa ngayon, wala akong balak mapromote!!!

trabaho ko, tagatikim ng gasolina... hehehe

the donG said...

10 out of 10!!! i shouldnt miss this one.

very interesting story and the way you've reviewed it, it entices me to watch it the soonest time.

PUSANG-gala said...

when was it shown? parang diko natunugan to--thanks for the reviews~~~

gillboard said...

the dong: sige go, download!!! hehehe

pusang-gala: di pa siya showing dito sa Pilipinas... baka next month pa yan...

Niel Camhalla said...

That's something to look forward to.

Off topic

PExer ka pala. :)

Lionheart : Richard the Adventurer said...

Nice Gill!

Parang gusto kong panoorin 'yan ah.... Mukhang maganda...

gillboard said...

neil: not that active, yeah but i do post there from time to time.

Dhianz said...

... ahhh.. about movie ang post moh... luv story moh na lang.. para makakoment akoh.. wehe.. triny koh yang... youku bah 'un.. ba't ganon... puro chinese ang salitah na lumabas... pano koh mapapanood?... can i change d' language?... eniweiz gusto koh humirit ba't nde akoh makahirit.. dunno kung ano ihihirit?.. lolz.. u have a nice day na lang gillboard... Godbless! -di

Dhianz said...

haha.. pahiya akoh don ahh.. japanese palah.. wehe... triny koh.. okz kc kahit nde koh maintindihan eh may subtitle palah... sige... since nirekomenda moh eh sige panoorin koh laterz... salamat.. u have a nice day! Godbless! -di

gravity said...

wow! all praises from gillboard. must-see ito. =)

i'll definitely watch this one. =)

cyndirellaz said...

dahil sinabi mong maganda ang movie to, okay papanoorin ko siya!! anyway, pa add naman ng link!! add na din kita ha ^^ thanks!

Chyng said...

Grabe, may time ka to watch this in the office? Procastinator!!! hehe Ingget ako.

Ang talino naman ni Luke, 1/2 Fil, 1/2 Am, 1/2 Spanish! Ano cia 1 and 1/2?!

Hirap kumuha ng time ngayon to blog. Too busy sa work. Anyway, the lady in purple is real!

JedMeister said...

sus! nghanap p ako sa mga bangketa ng pirated copy nito at nag-try pang magdownload thru torrent may youku nmn pla...

gawsh! I'm dying to see this movie!