The White Tiger (2021)

“Rich men are born with opportunities they can waste.” – Balram

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A poor Indian tries to rise to the top after getting a job as a driver for a wealthy upper class family.

My Take on it – Well written story that makes it really difficult to like any of the characters.

The story moves along at a nice pace and gives us some insight into the life in India for both the lower and upper class yet never finds a way to resonate with the audience.

The story goes in a very predictable direction and that hurts things a bot since there is no expectation for things to be surprising along the way.

The characters are developed well despite this and we are given some unique characters that we meet along the way.

The film tries too hard to try and be as successful as Slumdog Millionaire (2008), yet fails because the characters and story feel too generic the whole way through.

The way that the movie depicts characters as different kinds of animals is quite intriguing and they do a nice job of correlating between the characteristics of the various people here and the animals that they represent.

This film is based on a best selling novel and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Screenplay.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Aravind Adiga dedicated the novel “The White Tiger” to Ramin Bahrani, the Iranian American director of the movie. Turns out the two have been close friends since college. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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