Film Review: Slumdog Millionaire

By Peter Brunette (

The signature Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting") treatment is given to the slums of India instead of Scotland this time around in a solidly entertaining and energizing film that nevertheless doesn't quite warrant all the buzz it's been enjoying here at the Toronto festival.

The nonstop, relentlessly pounding music, the wildly expressionistic visual angles and the seemingly cocaine-induced frenzy of a constantly moving camera --sometimes in slow motion, sometimes step-printed like a Wong Kar-wai film -- are all still very present in his typical in-your-face manner and will continue to irritate viewers who like their movies a bit more sedate.

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Jan 5, 2009 10:39AM EST

I loved this movie!! I think the "pounding music" helped provide an intensity that got my heart rate going! I really enjoyed everything about this movie, and I especially was struck by the beauty of the actress playing Latika.
While I admit it is very visually intense, the film itself involves a lot of tension and quick emotional changes that the music and visual angles helped provide. I was not put off by this.

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