September 1, 2008

Telluride and Toronto. Slumdog Millionaire.

"Driven by fantastic energy and a torrent of vivid images of India old and new, Slumdog Millionaire is a blast," writes Variety's Todd McCarthy. "Danny Boyle's film uses the dilemma of a poor teenager suspected of cheating on the local version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire to tell a story of social mobility that is positively Dickensian in its attention to detail and the extremes of poverty and wealth within a culture."

Slumdog Millionaire

"There's sadness and tragedy within Slumdog Millionaire - starvation, genocide, child prostitution and overwhelming oppression - but there's humor, humanity and dignity as well," writes Cinematical's Kim Voynar. This is "is Boyle's best film to date, which is saying quite a lot; he's made a joyous, fun, and wonderfully accessible film that should play well in Toronto before moving on to wider release."

Updates, 9/2: "If the euphoric Telluride reaction... is any indication, look for key critics group awards, Golden Globes, Oscar directing, screenplay adaptation, song and maybe even best picture nominations for the Hindu/English-language movie Warners didn't quite know what to do with," predicts Pete Hammond. "Because guess what? It just killed at all four of its packed showings at the mountain festival."

Also in the Los Angeles Times, John Horn: "'It's a very sophisticated audience here, and they don't mind subtitles. In fact, they even laughed at some of them,' Boyle said the day after his film's first showing. "Festivals are the great originators of non-processed material. It's where the audience declares, "This may not fit the strict definitions of what is a big film, but we like it." It gives the film clout, and it's something the studios pay attention to.'"

"The film is big, fast, fun, and colorful, but ultimately a mess," argues Kevin Buist at the SpoutBlog.

Update, 9/4: Fox Searchlight launches a preview site with a clip.

Update, 9/9: "Advance buzz on Slumdog Millionaire is that it's Danny Boyle's best movie since Trainspotting," writes Ty Burr. "Advance buzz is right on the money."

Update, 9/13: Kevin Kelly talks with Boyle at the SpoutBlog.



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