Director: Danny Boyle
That any kind of narrative could emerge from the burst of images in this year’s best picture Oscar winner is reason enough for applause. The fact that it all comes together for such a unique love story makes it even more special.
It might seem odd that two Britons, director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, would set a movie in Mumbai starring mostly unknown Indian actors. But their enthusiasm is palpable and the tale they chase with wonder and fury couldn’t be more universal.
Adapting the award-winning novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup, it’s Oliver Twist by way of City of God, with a thread about reality TV that will resonate with anyone who has switched on the box in the past decade.
Slumdog Millionaire deserves all praise, but families should take note of its adult content, including scenes of torture and disfigurement.
Reality isn’t always pretty, but in the hands of an astute observer like Boyle it can be wondrous to behold.
The generous extras include a shared commentary between Boyle and Slumdog star Dev Patel, plus a half hour’s worth of deleted and/or extended scenes that assist in appreciating the film.