A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums becomes a contestant on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
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This is one of the most delightful films Danny Boyle ever made and received a well deserved Oscar for this very touching film. This is the kind of shit that usually wins Oscars but it just has a certain flair to it that makes it feel like something special. Plus the music is fucking great too.
Well, it certainly wasn't the best film of the year (but since when did they give out Oscars for that?), and it wasn't Danny Boyle's best film, but it was still quite a solid piece with some great acting from the kids and some brilliant cinematography. It doesn't deserve all the backlash it's gotten.
Waited a few years to finally see this one and am pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's outstanding. Definitely a feel-good tale, but by way of a sort of "City of God" type story. 4/5 for me.
interesting in many of the aspects that it tries to investigate. but in the process of doing so, it betrays the many flaws that hold it back from getting anywhere near the utterly overblown hype it generated. a good, solid film from boyle, but no masterpiece and certainly nowhere near 'trainspotting'.
Sort of sucked that I knew the last question pretty early in the film. Otherwise pretty underwhelming but nice entry by Boyle. As always with the Oscars, he deserved it for other far superior films.
I will say that I love how he explicated the plight of the poverty stricken masses without sermonizing or really even mentioning it. Very nicely woven into the plot.
Overstylised human odyssey.
Entertaining, and packed with a few 'regulations' of bollywood movies (e.g fairy tale of long lasting love, and a dance number)
Great cinematography aside, I didn't quite connect with the characters, and found the story trivial and predictible.