Last night we saw Slumdog Millionaire in a packed theatre. A fast paced and slickly shot and edited film that I was expecting to like a lot less. I always get a little leery of films that get a lot of hype. This film is getting a lot of hype and I think it deserves it.
A story of star-crossed lovers and a life story told through a character answering questions on the Indian version of the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The story's structure reveals itself within the first ten minutes of the film and once I realized how the story was going to be told I thought this format would quickly become tired. However, the past and present flow together seamlessly and the past comes rushing to the present at just the right moment in the film, the climax of the story.
The performances are strong especially the children's performances.
See it on the big screen if you can because some of the overhead shots are spectacular and I think the pace works well on a large screen.