What's perhaps most fascinating about the film is Boyle's relentless focus on the realities of present-day India as a vehicle for his spectacle and laughs.
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The result is magical and life affirming, and will enrapture those who are not scared away by the mention of "subtitles."
In the end, what gives me reluctant pause about this bright, cheery, hard-to-resist movie is that its joyfulness feels more like a filmmaker's calculation than an honest cry from the heart about the human spirit (or, better yet, a moral tale).
Slumdog Millionaire is nothing if not an enjoyably far-fetched piece of rags-to-riches wish fulfillment.
Brimming with humor and heartbreak, Slumdog Millionaire meets at the border of art and commerce and lets one flow into the other as if that were the natural order of things.
Despite its elements of brutality, this is a buoyant hymn to life, and a movie to celebrate.
Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast.