Just saw "Slumdog Millionaire" and I can honestly say that it's the best movie I've seen since maybe "The Namesake". The story about a kid from the slums who makes it onto India's version of "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire" a moving personal story with pop culture and realistic drama. Plus the A.R. Rahman + M.I.A soundtrack was dope.
Not to mention that for some reason I had this vibe that the story's main star, Dev Patel reminded me of "Superbad's" McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) for some reason. Maybe it's their protruding ears...
...But that's neither here nor there.
The thing which got me is that for the life of me I couldn't understand two little things...
WARNING Slight spoiler alert...
1. When the Hindus destroy the Muslim slum during the Bombay riots, why didn't the Director make any reference to the fact it was a part of the riots. It's a subtle point but otherwise non-desi watchers are left with the viewpoint that the stupid violence happened without any context. I'm not saying the context justifies what happens but it seems that Muslims are just rounded-up and viscisouly killed everyday. At least they could have the boys walk by some newpaper stand which has the headlines showing how outrageous these attacks were
2. During this same scene, the boys are running from the mob and they cross upon a boy painted in blue ala Ram holding an arrow. The significance of this is to show that this is how Jamal knows the answer to the "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" question "What does Lord Rama hold in his hand." But the question I have is why was there a boy just sitting in that room in blue to begin with? It's one thing if the boys had spotted a picture of Lord Rama...but to have a kid dressed up like that? I just didn't understand why the boy was in that room.
These are of course two minor little points for a pretty fantastic, moving, terribly disturbing, and uplifting movie. I guess my first question doesn't really have an answer, but the second one I'm sure someone has a view.
For the love of God speak...or the love of Rama anyway.
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