This afternoon I finally made it out to see the acclaimed movie Slumdog Millionaire. I realize I am a little late in the game, but you can count me amongst the millions of other movie critics who have praised the sheer artistry and entertainment value of the film.
Based on Q & A: A Novel by Vikas Swarup, Slumdog Millionaire presents the heartfelt underdog tale of Jamal Malik, an unsuspecting orphan on the bustling streets of Mumbai. In a series of fear-induced flashbacks, Jamal provides a moving account of the life experiences upon which he drew to correctly answer the questions on the popular game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.
A collage of deeply gripping imagery and unexpected irony, Slumdog Millionaire presents the classic triumph of love over hate. With his well-researched depiction of the economic struggles of India, Director Daniel Boyle conveys with great eloquence how there is both art and beauty in everything, even poverty.
Despite a talented cast of actors, particularly the youngest ones, this movie would not be the same without its soundtrack. The brainchild of musical visionary Ali R. Rahman, the soundtrack is a masterful amalgamation of both classical and modern influences. Skilled in the Carnatic, Western classical, and Hindustani musical genres, Rahman layers traditional instruments with electronic undertones and the voice of popular hip-hop artist M.I.A to create some truly unusual tracks. I highly recommend a listen to the final product.