If you've been kind enough to hang out with me very long in my bloggy wonder-land, you know I've never ever picked a movie for a Wonder of the World. I prefer to try to find the extraordinary in more general, everyday things-- like clouds or kudzu or Lego blocks. But I've got to make an exception for Slumdog Millionaire.
People, if you haven't already, go see this movie!
I know...it was released months ago. I'm late to the party and you've already seen it three times.
Please forgive me and let me gush anyway. And if you haven't seen it (or even if you have,) you might enjoy the trailer.
So here's the basic premise: Jamal Malik, a teen from the slums of Mumbai, becomes a winning contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" and is arrested for cheating. As the police interrogate him concerning how he could possibly know the answers to the questions on the show, his life story unfolds.
The film was based on the book Q and A, written by Vikas Swarup, an Indian novelist and diplomat.
Now that I've fallen in love with the movie, I want to give the book a try.
So why am I so in love?
The movie reminded me of something William Faulkner said in his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, 1949, about the role of a writer. If writing is a passion of yours, I highly recommend reading the whole thing here--it's so inspiring. But if you've only got time for a nugget of wisdom, think on this:
"The poet's, the writer's, duty is ... to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past. The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail.
No, I don't spend my free time reading speeches by Nobel laureates. I'm pretty sure I first heard about it over at Anne and May's blog. Thanks ladies!
Slumdog Millionaire is a story about all those universal truths- love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice.
It deserved every one of those eight Academy Awards.
I also loved the movie because I fell in love with the kids.
Apparently the filmmakers debated about using slum kids in the movie at all.
Here's a quote from Erika Kinetz's Feb. 22, 2009 article in The Boston Globe on this subject:
"Part of your brain thinks, would it distort their lives too much?" said Danny Boyle, the British director, by phone from London. "Then someone said, 'These people have so much prejudice against them in their lives. Why should we be prejudiced against them as well?' "
It fun seeing them at the Oscars...
although it did make me worry about them. I still do. Don't you?
According to that Boston Globe article, the filmmakers worried about them too.
"Boyle and producer Christian Colson figured education was the best way to help Rubina and Azhar. They got them places in Aseema, a nonprofit, English-language school for underprivileged kids in Mumbai."So being the internet snoop that I am, I found a link to the school, here. Go ahead and hop over to the site. There are ways to contribute to the school if you like.
One other link before I go... It's my favorite one and it's here, a flickr picture of some of the neighbors of one of the child stars watching the Oscars. It could be a scene right out of the movie!
Have a wonder-full Monday, y'all!
Meet the kids on the red carpet before you go!