November 12, 2008

Slumdog Milionaire

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:22 pm by changisme

So I went to see the promo preview of Slumdog Millionaire with Dan. It was such a good movie! When I saw the trailer, I thought it would be one of those movies that use the "strangeness" of the poor developing countries to appeal to the exotic seeking western audience, while in fact, I found out that it’s not, or not in it’s essence at least.

The movie is very full of flesh, full of beautiful people. It’s really about the human emotion and the joy and pains of life, rather than pitiful big-eyed children appealing for sympathy. I felt heart wrenching rather than tear soaked.

The film had a large cast, the three main characters had 3 stages of their lives acted out by three actors/actresses each, and the kids and youth were people from the actual slums. I can’t believe they were such good actors! I have to say they were much better than those from Yimou Zhang’s film.

Danny Boyle, the director was also there. He answered questions with lots of straight forward sincerity, didn’t stumble on any questions. I just felt that answering questions on the spot would always be really hard. So I guess either he’s just really good at these things, or he just devoted so much to it that he probably had 10 times as much prepared without actually preparing in terms of the Q&A.


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