Reviewed by Kate Rodger
Danny Boyle is no stranger to exotic location shoots. From Scotland, to Thailand, to Outer Space, and now, India.
Slumdog Millionaire is based on the bestselling book Q&A. There are no A-list Hollywood stars, and there are no zazillion-dollar special effects.
What it is, is an amazing story, gorgeously shot, beautifully played, which has rapidly become an awards-magnet.
Dev Patel of Skins fame, is Jamal, born into the slums of Mumbai, and into a childhood no child should ever endure.
As a young man, we find him chasing riches on India's edition of game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire, riches far more than the million he's chasing.
Danny Boyle stops just short of sensory overload with this film, managing to still allow the story to dominate while at the same time intoxicating you with gorgeous imagery you can almost taste.
This is an example of a film that's a triumph of all its parts, wherein there are certainly faults, but you're prepared to forgive it.
I certainly have, and rate Slumdog Millionaire as a big screen must-see.
:: Director: Danny Boyle
:: Rating: R13 - contains violence and offensive language
source: newshub archive