Slumdog Millionaire

Artists and those involved in the arts have notoriously bad taste in music and film. I’m going to blame this on the motif of appropriation because many artists and artsy types have interpreted this to mean that they can like “everything.” In my pursuit of everything, I rented Slumdog Millionaire at my local video store (no Netflix). I had wanted to rent Twilight, but it was sold out. Even though I never watch the Oscars, I decided that I would be doing my job by watching their best movie of 2008.

I was wrong because this film is so cheeseball. I like melodramas, but this one tries to incorporate some artsy camera shots. The film is just choppily cut, uses a variety of filters, and has some slo-mo frames. It’s more like a music video made by someone who wants to show off all of the techniques they recently learned at film school. Oh, and MIA’s music appears ahistorically throughout the film.

Here’s the moral of the film: don’t let money rule your life and you will be destined to inherit money. It’s a love story, but not one that I would want to happen to me. I don’t want to be destined to be rescued from a drug ring by some gawky, unattractive dude I met when I was a child. This is probably why Latika’s dialogue with our protagonist consists of nothing more than, “Thanks!” or, “Get out of here!”

However, the film was entertaining enough to watch on my laptop before going to sleep, but I should have rented Twilight.

Jamal and Latika don't have much to say to each other.

Jamal and Latika don't have much to say to each other.

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