03 January 2009

Muriels: Slumdog Millionaire

note: in a true procrastinator form, I've waiting until the last minute to start watching films for the Muriels. So I'm blitzing through them as quickly as possible, and hopefully I'll be writing a paragraph or so on as many as possible.

starring: Dev Patel, Anil Kapoor, Saurabh Shukla, and Freida Pinto
written by: Simon Beaufoy from the novel by Vikas Swarup
directed by: Danny Boyle and Loveleen Tandan

Danny Boyle is one of the more interesting studio filmmakers around, and here he comes up with his most fully realized work since, well, ever. He avoids the problems of Sunshine (2007), which fell apart in the third act, and while at times his visual trickery is a bit much (honestly, we've probably seen enough of the sped-up film technique for a while), it almost always works. And while Simon Beaufoy's script is predictable more often than not, I don't know if that's a fault of the script or a necessary evil of the film's game show structure (honestly, you'd have to be a fool not to realize there'd be a question about Dumas).

Anyway, the film is a crowd-pleaser and in that regard it's a huge, huge success. The filmmaking ain't so bad either.