Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Watch Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire, an intense and vibrant look at the lives of three young people growing up in modern day Mumbai, all set to a killer soundtrack too!

So finally a movie comes along featuring a soundtrack that actually compliments the music rather than mismatching it with the movie. Unlike Pineapple Express -- which boiled down the M.I.A. song Paper Planes to simply 'getting high' -- those who never heard of M.I.A. before then assumed that the song was about smoking marijuana. People loved the catchy gun shots, and 'getting high like planes', but they took the song as very one-sided, and at face value. I blogged about that a while ago, and that post continues to get traffic from people curious about the song's meaning, who google 'Paper Planes meaning' on average of everyday. Slumdog Millionaire makes up for the Hollywood rape of the M.I.A. track, with an energetic soundtrack by A.R. Rahman. The movie and music are perfect for each other.

Sure I could explain why the song, music and movie are an excellent pairing, but you should really watch the movie to truly get it. Or read Q & A, the episodic Vikas Swarup novel, that Slumdog Millionaire is based on. I caught the film over the weekend, and finally understand why it's been getting so much praise. Directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Trainspotting), the film feels very kinetic, and feels like it retains a certain aura of a foreign film, and not a westernized take on India, or Indian filmmaking, due in part to the co-director Loveleen Tandan. Watch this movie!

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