February 3, 2009

I Didn't Love Slumdog Millionaire, and here's Why....

I saw Slumdog Millionaire last night. Not sure how I feel about it. Some people have called it "poverty porn." I'm not sure if I think that's true. I mean, people DO live that way. I just didn't like the way certain characters were used as a means to an end of the guy and girl protagonists' love story. I mean, the brother DYING just so the female protagonist can go meet the boy she is supposedly be with at Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? And the worst part is that all this crap happens (characters get blinded for life, multiple relatives die, etc, etc) so we can get a heteronormative love story in the end that we are told "is written"? How many people had to die or have their lives ruined for these two to get together? This is a stark movie, so why is everyone calling it "The feel-good movie of the decade." It's only feel good if you consider everyone else expendable. If it took place in Canada, all these people dying would not be seen as negligible casualties. I think we just assume third world lives are miserable anyone, so who cares if these characters die. I guess it doesn't spoil most people's enjoyment of a "happy ending."

Anyway, I hope Milk wins the Oscar for best picture. I didn't love it. But at least it didn't treat oppressed or abused people as expendable means to a "happy" end...

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