18 February 2009

Slumdog Millionaire


After what seems like six months of discussion and debate on Q about the now heralded Slumdog Millionaire, I finally saw the film.
One opinion of many...

Critics are quick to suggest that the Academy Awards Best Picture nominated film has not produced any individual acting awards because the cast is comprised of unknown (and at times non-) actors. It's easy to say the Academy is unkind to anyone who isn't on the cover of People magazine, addicted to cocaine or a spokesperson for adoption in their spare time. And I understand the name Dev Patel may not make the sound of money like Mickey Rourke, Brad Pitt or Sean Penn. However, I'm not sure that's the reason Slumdog Millionaire isn't getting the acting nod.

The story is great. At times phenomenal. The film is well made and the soundtrack is stellar. But there isn't a stand out performance in the bunch. If I were to hand out any gold statues it would be the boys who play the youngest Salim and Jamal, Ayush Mahesh Khedekar and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail. They are the heart of the movie.

New baby momma M.I.A.'s Paper Planes is one of the soundtrack high points to the solid first third of the movie.

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