Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire

It's good. I saw it over the weekend and it lived up to the hype. The movie, one of those independent sleeper films that just exploded, is up for 10 Oscars, including best picture. You've not heard of anyone in the movie, it takes place in India, and it's got a unusual plot of love and justice, but it just might win.

Basically, an 18-year-old from the slums of Mumbai finds himself competing on India's version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," where the questions he must answer offer a look back at his earlier life.

The show's host, however, insists that he must be cheating and takes steps to force young Jamal to admit that a boy from such an impoverished background could not possibly possess the knowledge necessary to win the show's top prize.

Most film critics believe it will take home Uncle Oscar later this month. Of the five nominated films, the only other one I've seen is "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." I actually liked it a little better, although the movie is longer than some of Paris Hilton's relationships.

I know my wife liked it -- Brad Pitt on a motorcycle was good enough for her, but I digress. Haven't seen "Frost/Nixon" but really want to. Wouldn't mind seeing "Milk" either. As for "The Reader," probably not going to happen, although Kate Winslett...

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