Note: I feel like I'm overblogging. Twice a day for the past two days. But the Inauguration tour and award were sorta housekeeping things and then this is an actual post. And none of it's that interesting so I guess what I'm saying is "I'm sorry".
I'm no Siskel or Ebert. Or even SnarkyA for that matter. But every so often a movie really impresss me (for good or bad) and I feel the need to share it.
This weekend, Joe desperately wanted to see a movie. I should probably just break it to him that we can make popcorn at home and it will be cheaper and fresher. Anyways, nothing really looked good so we chose based on reviews. What a fortunate decision!
Slumdog Millionaire is made of awesome. It's been nominated for Best Picture, which I don't generally care about, except that in this case it actually deserving of the honor.
Without giving too much away, the basic plot is this: Jamal, who grew up with his brother and a friend in the slums of Mumbai, goes on the Hindi version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. When he progresses all the way to the next to last question, the show breaks taping for the night. He is then taken in for police interrogation and accused of cheating. He explains, question by question, how he knew the answer based on an event from his life.
Even though much of the story occurs under impoverished conditions, it is a beautiful film to watch, full of bright colors and music. The story is fascinating, full of action and humor but at times also very heart-wrenching. The child actors portraying the three main characters at different stages of the story all do a fabulous job.
So, yes, I'm urging everyone to go see this movie. I wouldn't normally bother except that it's not being advertised much and I feel like more people should really see it. It's not playing in many major theatres - you'll more likely find it in independent "arty" theatres but it's well worth seeking it out or at least remembering to rent it when it's released on DVD.
There, a semi-serious post for a change. Mostly unrelated to food (blame Joe!), holidays, or my spazziness. Don't worry, I'll likely be back in full spaz mode tomorrow. Yay?