It’s painfully obvious to me why Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture this year after seeing it this evening (and seven other oscars for that matter). The film, which was directed by Danny Boyle, is masterfully shot and has a truly original screenplay.
In case you are unaware, Slumdog Millionaire is the story of Jamal and Salim, two impoverished Indian boys, who brave the tough streets of Bombay/Mumbai after they are left parentless. Eventually, Jamal is a contestant of the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, and wins, only to be arrested on suspicion of cheating.
The film takes the viewer on a journey which chronicles Jamal’s and Salim’s lives, as well as Latika, their female companion, and the controversy and interconnectedness of the game show to their lives.
What makes Slumdog Millionaire special is its heart and grittiness. And it doesn’t hurt that it’s well-acted by a great cast of relative unknown actors. Moreover, the film has you rooting for Jamal, the main character, at each turn.
If you haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire already, I would highly recommend it.
See the film’s trailer here.