Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Slumdog MillionaireIf you were to believe the buzz on the web and magazines, it is that Danny Boyle has made his ultimate masterpiece with this movie and is expected to do very well at the big movie award shows. Setting his latest movie surprisingly in India, it is difficult not to like the imagery as India is the place on earth that attacks the senses on all levels. When watching the movie, all the intensity and splendour I experienced when I visited this country some eight years ago, comes rushing back in as Boyle succeeds in harnessing the raw energy this place holds. Maybe only Tarsem Singh’s The Fall surpasses this as far as ‘beatification’ of the Indian scenery goes. Then again, that may not be a fair comparison as Tarsem Singh’s sole purpose in life seems to be shooting magnificent imagery for our viewing pleasure. Boyle on the other hands does not shy away to also show us the dirty and gritty reality of India next to its splendour, and it is this juxtaposition of images that gives a more truthful picture and a surprising backdrop for a romantic story.

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