I am in a constant search for movies that move me. I will make them after I move to Los Angeles. But even when I'm making them, finding films that linger with me for days after I see them is one of the great treasures of my life. In recent years, that short list has included Titanic, The Matrix, Million Dollar Baby and Crash. I now add Slumdog Millionaire to that list.
The story centers around a boy from the slums of Bombay (now called Mumbai) who wins millions of rupees on the Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. The show's producer believes he cheated, so he is subjected to torture to try to get the "truth" out of him. It is his telling of that truth that tells the incredibly story of the journey of one boy from destitute poverty to the toast of India.
The writing is immaculate. The performances are gripping. The music is beautiful. There are a couple top-rated movies I haven't seen so far this year, but of what I have seen (including Milk and The Dark Knight), this is my favorite. If you like a moving story that highlights the fortitude of the human spirit, you must see this movie.