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Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a young boy from the slums, named Jamal, who finds himself a contestant on the highly popular Indian version of Who wants to be a millionaire. He ends up winning the grand prize, but is accused of cheating. The movie guides us through Jamal’s life experiences, which serves to explain how he knows the all the answers to the questions on the show. Some parts of this movie were confusing, especially the beginning. The opening, which consisted of flashbacks caused me confusion because they did not explain the scene long enough before switching back and forth. Consequently, I didn’t understand what was happening to the characters. However, as the movie continued, I began to understand the relevance of the flashbacks. I then began to enjoy the movie more. I thought that the music was a major part of the movie. It was an important contribution in that it helped to convey the emotion of the characters. Also, there was one scene which was brilliantly shot. This was when Jamal was running frantically in the train station trying to find Latika. He finally found her at the platform of the station looking into this eyes. This scene captured the connection between the two characters. After watching, I was really satisfied with the story. I liked how the director took a unique approach on a love story by introducing us to a fresh setting, characters and plot.

Although the movie gained amazing reviews and even won several Oscar awards, it did not shy away from controversy. For instance, some in India thought that the scene when Jamal and his brother were tricking tourists, shed an unfair light on India. They did not want people to get a negative portrayal of their country. Furthermore, there was the issue of working with three young children who were from different class backgrounds and…...

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