Number of Times Seen – 2 (24 Dec 2008 and 28 May 2013)
Brief Synopsis – A boy who grew up in the slums of Mumbai becomes a contestant on a game show and explains to the police how he knows all the answers.
My Take on it – 5 years later, I am still kinda upset that this movie won BP. It was by far not the best movie of 2008, but was the best picture of the 5 nominees. The fact that The Dark Knight (2008) was shut out of the awards was a travesty that ended up forcing the academy to change their rules and subsequently there were more than 5 BP nominees the following year.
This movie is somewhat reminiscent of Forrest Gump (1994) in that we see a lot about a history of a place based on the adventures of the protagonist.
I will admit that Danny Boyle is a talented director, but if you look at the 8 Oscars that this won (Picture, Director, Cinematography, Film Editing, Score, Song, Sound Mixing and Adapted Screenplay), you can see that most are technical awards instead of acting awards. (The two they didn’t win were another song and sound editing which went to The Dark Knight.)
The story is ingenious in the way it is played out, but I particularly didn’t feel enough for the characters. I didn’t matter to me whether he wins or loses or even if he gets the girl in the end or not. There is a reason that I haven’t seen this movie since my first viewing; it just didn’t speak to me.
It’s really unfortunate that the Academy had and still has a bias against genre movies winning Oscars. The full sweep of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) was suppose to have broken that bias since a fantasy movie never had even been nominated before that series. I believe that there will be a day in the not-so-distant future where a superhero movie will come out that will surpass The Dark Knight in quality and will get nominated and even win BP.
This review may sound like sour grapes, but the reality is that Best Picture should really mean that, the best movie to come out that year in all aspects no matter what genre and unfortunately, as good as Slumdog is, it’s still no Dark Knight (2008) and that is disappointing.
Bottom Line – Weak Oscar BP, but feel good movie. Interesting movie to see. Recommended
Rating – Globe Worthy