Sunday, 18 January 2009
This film is presently the "must see" film, so I went with my family this afternoon. Is it all hype? the simple answer- no.
It is a fantastic film, in many ways. Entertainment is the main point of cinema and this has no problem delivering on that front, It is a film that will appeal to teenagers, those in their 20's and right up to our more Senior citizens. It has love, comedy, action , violence and even a quiz show thrown in. But where it scores most is the desire it leaves in you to visit India.
Danny Boyle did a great job with his earlier film - 'Trainspotting' but not sure that film helped draw the crowds to Edinburgh but even though a large part of this film is spent in the slums of Mumbai it still leaves you wanting to see more of this vast country.
I was fortunate enough to be able to take eighteen 16 year olds to Northern India in 2006, and one part of that trip I think the kids will never forget is the train journey from Delhi to Jaipur and the night we spent on the platform in Delhi Railway station whilst waiting for that train. we had 4 weeks in India but in those hours on the train and at the station we saw the 'real' India. In 'Slumdog Millionaire' you fell like you are in the real India the whole time.
Go and watch it, you will not be disappointed.