Slumdog Millionaire

Entertainment Value

Rating: A

Amazingly well-done movie. The cinematography was beautiful, the music was awesome, and the story was cool (even if some people complain of it being a bit gimmicky). I wasn't sure how "Who wants to be a millionaire?" and a love story would be all that compelling of a movie, but being set in India makes all the difference. If you can get a hold of someone with an edited version, this is a great film, otherwise it's probably on the milder end of R-Rated movies.

Moral Value - Failure to Communicate?

Rating: 4

There was a strong message of destiny throughout the film (there is a difference between destiny and fate). The brothers, Salim and Jamal, both grew up in the same environment and suffered the same hardships, but each chose to take a different route. They both were little con-men up to a certain point, but Jamal chose to change and became 100% honest in all that he did. His honesty didn't make his life any easier, but in the long run we see that his honesty enabled him to be one of the happiest characters in the story (the 20 million rupees probably didn't have anything to do with it).

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Salim, on the other hand, chose to continue to do wrong. Though he never lost his love for his brother (he ended up giving his life for Jamal in the end), he didn't have a desire to change who he was.

One of the nice touches at the end of the movie was when Jamal kisses Latika's scar and we see the story rewind itself to the point just before she received the scar, symbolizing his ability to heal her wounds.

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