Soundtrack Festival 2008: Slumdog Millionaire

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A great (and/or memorable) film often has a fantastic soundtrack, in fact there have been more than a few movies where I preferred the music. I won’t mention these films right now though …

I was lucky enough to be amongst the buzzy crowd kicking off a new festival here in nippy Cardiff last night. Soundtrack Festival looks promising and will grow year on year I’m sure. As well as including the usual film screenings of future gems (the opener was Slumdog Millionaire, which I’ll bang on about in a bit) but it also includetalks and masterclasses from directors and composers. And Brazil on the big screen ! Yes !

Mark Cousins, the film curator has set up an high quality, international festival. You wouldn’t think this was the first one at all !

The line-up is impressive, but I don’t need to tell you. One day in, and I’m already looking forward to Soundtrack ’09.

Kicking off Soundtrack Festival is the new one helmed by Danny Boyle.

Slumdog Millionaire tells the tale of Jamal Malik, who gets to the final round of Mumbai’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire ? The Indian police thinks he’s cheating, obviously. Jamal is forced to recount his life-story for his interrogators. He must provide them with explanations for each answer he has correctly given, up to the penultimate question.

Jamal’s answers are presented to us through a series of cute, humorous, romanticand action-packed flashbacks which span the previous years of the contestant.

It’s awful to see how Mumbai is presented on screen right now, because in this film the place is brought to life with colour and hustle bustle. The overcrowded slumscreate an atmosphere as the cameras glide (slightly hindered by some underpar editing mind) through the streets of Mumbai’s shantytowns.

Don’t want to reveal too much of the nitty gritty here but the only other person that Jamal has a connection to, other than his brother, is a girl named Latika. That connection drives the plot through to the end scene, which was a little too neat for me.

All in all a decent film, which I don’t think will worry the Oscar judges too much, but I’d recommend you watch it all the same. Slumdog Millionaire is a very old-fashioned rags-to-riches love story. Although the title does give it away. Naughty.

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Alton loves film. He is founder and Editor In Chief of BRWC.  Some of the films he loves are Rear Window, Superman 2, The Man With The Two Brains, Clockwise, Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Trading Places, Stir Crazy and Punch-Drunk Love.



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