Why SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Will Win the Oscar

 

3024874376_5c0ed1ae3aI haven’t see the movie yet, but I’m confident that it will win Best Picture.  Why?  Because the story of the making of SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE is the best story of all of nominated films.

The  filmmakers cast the film with no name actors literally plucked from the slums of Mumbai, they had to figure out how to shoot the movie in one of the worst places on earth, they fought to build an audience for the movie, and they have gotten the young actors into school and established funds for them out of their own pockets once the youths complete their studies.

It’s the four archetypes in classic sequence: Orphan.  Wanderer.  Warrior.  Martyr.

And the Academy knows a good story when it sees one.

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4 Responses to “Why SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE Will Win the Oscar”

  1. Mike B February 6, 2009 at 1:14 am #

    Can you elaborate on the martyr side of things? I saw the film a few weeks back and the large sacrifice to the goal was from his brother. He wandered and then took action…but at what point could I consider him to have been a martyr? Rather quite here… MacZot will probably send some more interest your way.

  2. totallywrite February 6, 2009 at 6:43 am #

    I actually STILL haven’t seen this movie yet, but I’m throw this question back to the fellow who has seen it and reviewed it, Dan.

  3. Dan February 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm #

    Hey Mike, you should find my breakdown below:

    http://contour-at-the-movies.com/category/reviews/page/2/

    The exact point when i considered Salim a martyr was when he lets the girl escape from the gangster’s house. He was sacrificing his own happiness so Jamal could get the girl (as it always should have been).

    You could argue that the martyr beat comes when Salim takes out the gangsters in the bathroom – sacrificing his life in the process. In my mind this was necessary after letting the girl go. He has to off the gangsters, otherwise they’d just go and get her back.

    I think Salim sacrificed his life the moment he let the girl leave.

    Hope that answers your question.

    — Dan.

  4. Mike B May 15, 2009 at 12:25 am #

    Thanks. I tried the link but clearly missed the breakdown I was looking for. I guess, though, I was looking for the protagonist to go through the four stages. In that sense it’s was all about Jamal rather than his brother and I was looking for the act that he did to follow the ‘journey’. When I thought about the martyrdom in the context of Jamal I thought you must have been referring to his very last question that he answered. He has a choice of two options – could walk away with another amount – but simply grins, locks in his number and says his answer “doesn’t matter”. Certainly Salim sacrifices what he has but I’ll have to think about the jump of ‘lead’ on that one. Thanks for the answer.

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