Monday, January 19, 2009

Slumdog is a love story

What a movie!! People told me that maybe it is a bit overdone from the romantic angle and seems improbable. I'll tell them now, "THAT's what you found improbable!!". The movie is about improbability and the fantastic, about how something wildly beyond our imagination can take place. It's about a dream, a dream that the characters in this movie did not even think to dream of and yet, it came true.
Sure, it seems unreal, but isn't that what cinema is all about. About how that one person out of 1.3 billion people in this country had that unreal life. People thought that the romantic angle was too much. Well, wasn't the small kid jumping into a pile of shit holding just that Amitabh Bachhan photograph in his heart and that wild desire in his heart unreal. Isn't the fact that people kill each other over Allah or Ram or that people blind young children to earn cash unreal; or is it just that we are so used to such news that they are reality but a guy loving a girl through his life: "Oh boy, that's so crazy man!!"
The movie is not about the money. Jamal couldn't care less when he answered the last question. This movie is not about hope or inspiration, it's just a feel good movie for all those millions out there who associate with him and feel happy for him that he got his true love.

Friday, January 2, 2009


Definitely, a movie worth watching. I must say though that I was unable to relate to parts of it. Being unaware of Russian history didn’t help either; had to read up on Tsars, Bolsheviks and the Russian revolution. I wasn’t able to accept the infidelity, especially when Dr.Zhivago is happily married with a loving and caring wife whom he dearly loves. Is it like I love my wife but I love my mistress more? Please someone help me out here. The magnitude of their love is of course unquestionable. Maybe I will gain a better insight on reading the book. One can never comment on the emotions without reading the book. The musical score is tender and evocative. The movie ends wonderfully well truly bringing out the emotion that has been built up throughout the movie.

Schindler’s List

I don’t want to say anything about the movie except just watch it. A quote to end:
He who saves one life, saves the world entire.

Ten things I hate about you

The movie seemed cliche in the beginning. As it turns out, it is cliché till the very end. But what makes it so watchable is Julia Stiles character. Her portrayal of a girl in contempt of her silly counterparts is competent. The curt, acidic statements which display her repertoire of words are joy to hear. The sarcasm just slices through you. Heath Ledger is a pleasure as usual playing the part of an unusual, wild and self-assured guy. The chemistry between him and Stiles keeps you engrossed. On the whole, a nice one time watch movie.