April 26, 2009

Movie night

Watched Slumdog Millionaire on Friday night. It was pretty good. Eight Oscars good? I can't see it. It was just another relatively enjoyable movie. I have no idea why it has received all the critical acclaim and awards. Your thoughts?


8 comments:

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Have not watched it yet, but we did purchase it. Maybe next weekend we will watch.

émilie b said...

I quite liked it. I agree that I wouldn't rank it next to something like "Million Dollar Baby", though.

I totally dug the very Bollywood end credits. The contrast between the serious ending, and the goofy credits... I was like, wha...?! and then "lol!".

Simon said...

I have not seen it, intend to, but do not know when. Unless it's from Disney or Dreamworks, I rarely see any movies in the theatre these days. And rental nights are rare.

Charley Dittrich said...

Slumdog's brilliance is in developing not only a cinematic masterpiece, but also musical and visual art achievements that transcend the film. It's visual elements and musical elements are masters of their own accord that can stand independently of the movie.

Call me Paul said...

I don't know, Charley. That sounds an awful lot like it could have been a blurb from the propaganda package sent out to Academy voters by the movie's producers. Yes, the music stands alone, but that's because most of it wasn't even composed for this film. Much of the film's soundtrack, including the Oscar winning song, Jai Ho, was composed for other Indain films, or was taken from Indian popular music. As for the visual aspect, it was a visually beautiful movie, but not as stunning as, say, The Legend of Bagger Vance. And Bagger Vance didn't win - or even get nominated for - any Oscars. Of course this is an indictment, not of the films, but of the Oscars themselves.

Cathy said...

With a sense of shame I don't think I feel, must tell you I haven't even heard of most movies out there. But I enjoy watching the b & w efforts of Hollywood's machine of the 30s to 50s, very interesting personalities then like Crawford and Davis, ad inf.

Rebecca Anne said...

I saw this entry ages ago (it's growing stale now, time to update) and I thought I would rent the movie you speak of, the one everyone talked about, and then come back and comment.
I still haven't rented it.......
R~

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