Awards for Slumdog Millionaire are well-deserved

I wasn’t even deterred by my grandma, who had no problem telling me once she found out I wanted to see the movie that it was the “worst movie of the year.” I love her dearly – but guess what, grandma? Slumdog [image-1]

My grandma’s complaint was that the movie showed her “more than she ever wanted to know” about poverty in India. This is exactly why I loved the movie, about a “slumdog” from the streets of India who ends up on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Boyle creates a fantastical yet hauntingly realistic world for his main character, showing the gritty underbelly of Mumbai while simultaneously managing to create a strikingly beautiful film.

The film comes at a time when international tensions are exploding and, as stubborn as certain 80-year-old individuals may be, people need to know what’s going on. Through a chilling look at the life of one poverty-stricken Indian orphan, Slumdog explores both the atrocities and the graces of humanity.

The Golden Globes are well-deserved, and Boyle and the cast should be congratulated for not only creating a spectacular film, but for promoting international awareness of places like India, where real slumdogs rarely get chances at a million dollars.

I have a natural and somewhat unexplained affinity for all things having to do with India. I’ve also really liked British director Danny Boyle ever since he made zombie attacks (in 28 Days Later) and heroin addiction (in Trainspotting) seem so aesthetically cool.

So, naturally, when my dad told me about a new Boyle movie called Slumdog Millionaire about a poor Indian kid who ends up winning a million dollars, I was interested.

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