Don’t Watch the New ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Trailer

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Ayush Mahesh Khedekar as young Jamal taking an afternoon break in an outhouse in Mumbai
Photo: Fox Searchlight

I am often stuck in a position of deciding on whether how much advanced news I want to bring to my readers and how much mystery I want to maintain for a film not only for myself, but for them as well.

I saw Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire yesterday and it is a very good film, but for the most part thanks to its fantastic ending. That does not forgive the fact that it is not a film that necessarily reinvents the wheel in as much as it taps into natural human emotions and succeeds very well at doing so. However, I don’t think it is out of bounds to say Overture’s The Visitor does something very similar, also with a story that you’ve been told before, but never quite like this.

That said, the new trailer featured below will do nothing for you other than give you more story than you want or need. On top of that, all the raving everyone is doing about the film is also going to hurt any one that goes in looking for a film wrapped in gold, because while Slumdog Millionaire is a good film it isn’t the end-all-be-all of films in 2008.

I do think Dev Patel stands a very good chance at earning a supporting actor nomination for his role as tells the story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” I also thought Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, the young actor you plays Jamal in flashbacks, was fantastic. The other great thing the film has going for it is its pulsing soundtrack, a surprising mix of music that really captures the essence of each scene. Whoever chose all the songs really knew what they were doing.

I will go more in depth in an actual review, but as far as what you need to know in order to enjoy this film, you don’t need the trailer below, all you need is the paragraph above and hopefully in limiting yourself the film will be just as good for you as it has been for so many people that saw it before it became the “It” movie of 2008.