Random Factoid #453

24 10 2010

I don’t know why I felt so compelled, but yesterday afternoon I was flipping through the channels and found nothing on but “Slumdog Millionaire.”  I basically dropped everything I was doing and watched all two hours of it.

While I still maintain that it wasn’t the best movie of 2008, I sure did enjoy it more than I did a year or so ago.  I think I felt backlash syndrome when the entire world went “Slumdog” crazy, proclaiming it the best movie ever while I stood off to the side saying, “Psh, that was so three months ago.”  That’s what you get for being ahead of the game on indie movies.

I hate backlash, and the worst part about it is that the entire thing is external.  I loved the movie when I first saw it, but when everybody else loved it, I felt like the movie lost something.  It was no longer my little secret, it was their discovery.  Now that the movie has won 8 Oscars and made $300 million worldwide, there’s no way I can call this my movie anymore.

So now that I’ve watched it again, I really can say that I’m back on board for “Slumdog Millionaire.”  I really saw the technical mastery of Danny Boyle and what a dynamic director he is.  I’m now slightly convinced that it earned those tech awards that I was skeptical about the movie winning.


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31 10 2010
Red

When I first caught this in theaters, I thought it could be a Top 10ish movie for it’s year. But like you said, once all the acclaim came about, it somewhat ruined the movie for me. Now looking back, I doubt the movie would even be in my Top 25 for that year. Give me Boyle’s “Sunshine” over Slumdog any day of the week.

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