Year after year, I watch the Academy Awards ceremony. Often with disappointment because they seldom pick the movies I like for Best Picture. They never vote for popular, big blockbuster movies as Best Picture. Generally, they pick movies that I have never heard of or some obscure, ‘nobody has ever heard of it’ movie as the winner. I sometimes feel they want to make the regular movie going public feel stupid because we don’t know what a good ‘film‘ really is.
That being said…I love Slumdog Millionaire . This time they got it right. Slumdog is a wonderful movie. It is an original and fresh story. With no Hollywood stars, but with a cast of unknown Indian actor, Best Director winner Danny Boyle created a little gem of a film.
The story is simple. A young man who grew up in the slums of Mumbai becomes a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. But there is also the survival story of two brothers, who become orphans at a very young age. The story of the endurance and faithfulness of first love and so much more.
I was only the edge my seat several times and yes, there were also a few tears. I won’t spoil the movie for you, I suggest you see for yourself why it is really the Best Picture of the Year.