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Director: Danny Boyle.
Cast: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, Freida Pinto.

Until a few months ago, Indian cinema was summed up by the West in three keywords: Bollywood, M. Night Shyamalan and Mira Nair. That is until Danny Boyle get bored of their fuzzy little land and take your camera responsive to India, where he went on to shoot a film. Uncompromising director, embraced a trivial project: adapting to the screen the best-selling Indian “Q & A” by Vikas Swarup – baptized thereafter Slumdog Millionaire (and here Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?). Detail: he had to do it with a modest budget – just over $ 15 million – and counting with a cast made up of local actors. That is, a co-production far from being ambitious …

Finished filming, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was for editing and silently arrived at U.S. movie theaters in late August. After six months of the official release, the question is inevitable: as a film made in India with Indian actors and directed by a filmmaker as unconventional Boyle earned about $ 80 million, laid out in major film festivals including winning the Oscar for Best Picture? But the success of “Millionaire pooch” is due for many reasons.

The main one: Danny Boyle. If before the British could be labeled as “the guy who directed Trainspotting and achieved commercial success with Extermination” Now the picture changes. One of its merits on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? was to adapt a fairy tale city, combining the thrilling pyrotechnics of the previous work with the Bollywood aesthetic. In smaller words, he manages to tell a simple story in a surprising way.

The film begins with a question: “Jamal Malik is a question of winning 20 million rupees. How did he? “A new sign posts the alternatives. Is Jamal (Dev Patel) cheated the game of questions and answers? Is it luck? He is a genius? Or … hmmm .. is written? With a simple narrative feature, Boyle weapon that will trigger the bomb there at the end of the movie. But until then, the viewer will glaze.

In the next scene, we find that boy Jamal is a poor and uneducated, just 18 years. His good performance in the game sounds incoherent to the presenter of the program that asks the police for torturing him to confess to fraud. At the station, the officer hears the unusual trajectory of the boy who despite their youth endured poverty, prejudice and crime.

Of Muslim origin, Jamal grew aimlessly alongside his brother Salim, attracted organized crime, and Latika (Freida Pinto, pretty picture), the great love of his life. Went to meet her again that he signed up for “show the million Indian.” And the struggle to survive the knowledge that allowed him to settle the questions.

Between flashbacks and the current time that they shake the life of Jamal, Boyle’s camera records a story where the decadent and plagued capital Bombay gives rise to social development and prosperity of technology. In childhood, the protagonist is seen running through a slum alleys, shacks and animals. One scene in particular draws attention: the camera abandons Jamal and started to follow a chicken in motion. If Boyle refused to honor the opening Fernando Meirelles of City of God, he unconsciously emulated the scene. One of two things.

In adult life the boy see the revival of Bombay, which is now called Mumbai. Dotted with skyscrapers, the city that is enriched with computer captured with omnipotence by the director. And it is the top of a building under construction that finds Jamal Salim, then right arm of the most feared drug dealer in the region. It is with the help of the bastard brother that he can access their most valuable prize.

All these elements – love, corruption, violence and instinct – are harmonized in a melodramatic and predictable outcome. A melodrama with gaping air of fable, in the style of Bollywood. Alie, so this unpretentious with social criticism and the pace of electronic Boyle and have one of the most original movies of the year. In this scenario, the adapted screenplay by Simon Beaufoy acts as a catalyst in order to balance the excesses of the plot. The final dance rhythm is a tacit tribute to the director of Indian cinema.

In a career marked by good times – the great Traisnpotting and Shallow Grave – and others less so – the poor and middle Sunshine Beach – Danny Boyle outside the country, his master stroke. With Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? the director finally arrived at its height. How did he?

A: He cheated
B. He is lucky
C. He is GOOD
D: It is written

Easy answer!

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This post was written by Jeff H.

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