Art Vandelay wrote:I had high hopes for this movie, but was extremely let down. Boyle failed to get it done again, as he has with every film since Trainspotting. Really, here's the thing about Slumdog Millionaire: it wasn't a good movie. It was a classic example of a film that accidentally hit an impressive peak in the first 45 minutes and then fell victim to a director who wasn't good enough to take the story anywhere interesting. The culture of Bombay is ridiculously fascinating and provides more than ample material to write a compelling story (check out Maximum City), which seemed inevitable in the first part of the movie. Then suddenly we get a hokey love story with an anticlimactic, saccharine ending, and a really lame game show plot device, complete with almost-missed cell phone calls and the ridiculous and offensively simplistic death of his brother. That movie gets the bozack. It seemed like a love story written by a 14-year-old who has never been kissed. The plot was great until it stopped making sense and spiralled into the Legend of Zelda. The acting was great until all the characters became grownups, at which point the movie became an EXTREME music video. It's just not that good a movie and I don't understand why it got all this acclaim. I think all the critics I heard raving about it stopped watching after 75 minutes.
Just saw the movie and instead of writing a review, thought I would just agree w/ Art. I'm not sure I'd be as harsh over all, but the "love story" really ruined it for me to be honest. I felt they did a terrible job showing any connection at all, that the audience could even care about the two is a bit beyond me. He's going to all these lengths to find her etc., but I felt so emotionally detached and not really caring at all what would happen.