I Heart Slumdog

“There’s sadness and tragedy within Slumdog Millionaire — starvation, genocide, child prostitution and overwhelming oppression — but there’s humor, humanity and dignity as well. [Director] Danny Boyle, stepping outside the UK to focus his lens on India, seems to have freed himself here to bring his brilliance as a director to its fullest fruition.
Slumdog Millionaire is Boyle’s best film to date, which is saying quite a lot; He’s made a joyous, fun, and wonderfully accessible film that should play well in Toronto before moving on to wider release.” — from Kim Voynar‘s Cinematical review, posted this evening at 8:03 pm.
When is Variety‘s Todd McCarthy going to get around to posting his review of the Boyle film (which screened last night, after all) and Paul Schrader’s Adam Resurrected, which screened yesterday afternoon? And where, for that matter, are the reviews of same from L.A. Weekly critic Scott Foundas? Hubba-hubba, guys.

  • BurmaShave

    I’m sorry, but it’s not better than SHALLOW GRAVE or TRAINSPOTTING. There’s no way. I remember hearing this after MILLIONS, which was very good, but no. The internet has led to so much hyperbole.

  • buckzollo

    Slumdog received a rousing round of applause from a very appreciative late night audience. Boyle was visibly pumped by the reaction. One over zealous questioner wanted to know if he has written his oscar speech, ahem, he said NO. It is colorful and complex and a very solid effort. If this crowd is any indication, it seems destined to reach and be embraced by audiences.
    PS Burma see it and then type

  • BurmaShave

    I would think you supporters would want to tamp down the hyperbole as much as anyone. If you’re going to get smug about it I definitely have no interest.

  • Doyle’s a nice bloke, and SLUMDOG may be great, but Fox Searchlight is unlikely to have a JUNO or LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE in this. It’s kind of…foreign. And festival audiences are no predictor of success in the real world; if they were, the belly-flopping HAMLET 2 would be doing DARK KNIGHT levels of business.

  • Gordie Lachance

    The one thing NOBODY has to worry about on the internet is hyperbole. 95% of all posts an any film and any filmmaker are angry, negative, jealous, sour, bitter. spiteful, ….etc etc.
    It’s refreshing to see someone say something nice and put themselves out there a little bit and risk looking a little over-zealous.
    ps- Shallow Grave and Trainspotting were middling at best.

  • buckzollo

    BS you are swinging at shadows.
    A. You have not seen the movie.
    B. Your post is rightfully and very simply your own opinion.
    C. I am neither a “supporter” nor “smug”
    D. (since I was there to see it…) Boyle intro’ed the film by saying jokingly he was here to lower the expetations (due to an earlier screening getting raves)
    fyi here is a definition of hyperbole:
    an extravag ant statement or figure of speech
    not intended to be taken literally
    hmmm… your sentence above “There is no way.” fits that quite nicely

  • plastiqueelephant

    hmmmm, “It’s kind of…foreign.” like crouching tiger, hidden dragon, like the full monty? cause, american audiences hate foreign cultures being packaged up in universal and accessible values.
    plus surely, india about to enter the zeitgeist in a pretty serious way right now given it’s arrival on world stage (reliance/utv)… as china and japan did before it…

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