I finally got the chance to watch Slumdog Millionaire this weekend. Admittedly, I'm kind of surprised it won the Oscar for Best Picture.
It's not a bad little film. It's interesting enough and certainly optimistic. But even putting aside the story, and the exposure it brought to India's children in the slums, the film itself has an overall cheese factor that was hard for me to ignore.
I think the book might be better. I kept thinking while I was watching, this is probably a better book.
In any case, I'm not upset it won the Oscar for Best Picture. So often, the types of films that win are dark and heavy. No Country for Old Men was almost torture for me to watch. So if the committee chooses a sweetly hopeful movie one year...well I don't have a problem with that. I did cry in the end, when they showed the montage of his life as he meets Latika at the train station. Coming out in a good place after enduring much pain and suffering and doubt is always a good thing.
I did read this article about India's real children of the slums and the child actors. I very much appreciate the reminder that poverty is not just about money.
Did you see Slumdog Millionaire? What did you think?