Sunday, January 25, 2009

Run, don't walk

This afternoon, Mom and I went to the Glenwood Theater to see Slumdog Millionaire! I always love to go to the Glenwood because they show the small, indie films, the theaters are small and the seats are the most comfortable in town. They took them from the old theater at 91st and Metcalf and they lean back and have soft seats, which I like.

The only thing that is bad about the comfy seats and non-stadium style seats is the close proximity to the other movie watchers. Mom missed it, but I was constantly annoyed by Mr. & Mrs. Chatty McLoudersons sitting right behind us. They felt the need to provide commentary for the movie that EVERYONE IS SEEING AT THE SAME TIME! "Oh Look! There's the bad guy!" "Is he going to die?" "What is he doing with that money?" "Watch out!" "I know the answer to that question!" I tried to turn around a few times to let them know that there were other people there to WATCH the movie, but they didn't seem to get it. They finally stopped when the credits were rolling (stay for them if you go).

A few people had told me how great Slumdog was, and I'm happy we went today. The movie is about two hours long, but goes very quickly! I think this is the only one of the movies that is up for a bunch of Oscars that I've actually seen.

For those of you that haven't heard much about the film, here is the plot summary from imdb:
A Mumbai teen who grew up in the slums, becomes a contestant on the Indian version of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" He is arrested under suspicion of cheating, and while being interrogated, events from his life history are shown which explain why he knows the answers.
The movie is so much better than you would think. It gets better and better as the flash-backs go on. It is funny, it is sad, it is full of suspense, and the film has a lot of heart.

The other part of the movie that I thought was amazing was the beautiful scenery. Not all of the settings were beautiful in a conventional way. Much of the movie was set in the slums of Mumbai like this photo and the aerial shots were amazing! Scenes also took place in the landfills, city streets, markets & even in front of the Taj Mahal (which of course was beautiful)!

You all should run, don't walk, to go see Slumdog! If you are in Kansas City, here is a site that shows where and when it is playing, but of course, I recommend the Glenwood! Let me know your thoughts if you go now, or if you've already been!

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Anonymous said...

My friend, Abby, just told me about this movie today and highly recommended it...might have to check it out! :)

Anonymous said...

TJ and I finally saw it on Saturday when we were trying to escape our meat locker, I mean, our house. We still don't have heat! More on that tomorrow....There weren't people chatting during our movie, but there was a woman that was sitting on the opposite side of the theatre who kept gasping when something bad was about to happen. She was a bit over-dramatic! TJ and I both loved the movie, though. Ugh, those kids!!!

RachelC said...

I saw the movie a couple weeks ago in a small theater with about five other people. On Saturday, my sister had to sit in the front row because it was so crowded. I guess the word is out.

Beth said...

It's sad how much that slum picture looks like Guatemala City in some parts. Poverty is a terrible thing.

I can't wait to see the movie, but YOU hold the Coke, I'LL hold the talking. :)