Wednesday, 11 February 2009

The wonders of Slumdog

There's a lot to be said for a good fable (or a parable if you're picky). Slumdog Millionaire is wonderful; a strangely uplifting mix of torture, child slavery and game shows. There's heroes, villains,a girl to rescue and a happy ending. It's a fable. It's wonderful. Incredibly simple but completely immersive. Danny Boyle (and everyone else that worked on the film) deserve all the BAFTAs and Oscars they can get their hands on. Propulsive cinematography, perfect music, and everyone dances at the end. I don't usually praise films this much.

I was sceptical when I first heard that Danny Boyle was doing Slumdog. After his horror and sci-fi films (28 Days Later and Sunshine) I thought it would just be his attempt at a relaxing, fluffy film. It turned out to be his best yet.

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