For my first edition of Never Have I Ever, I watched Slumdog Millionaire.
Admittedly, I am unsure of how I have never watched the movie to begin with. Slumdog Millionaire won over 150 awards, including an Oscar for Best Motion Picture of the Year. It was release in Nov. 2008, and is a little over 8 years old now. I was a senior in college at the time.
As the years have passed, I feel like it is something that increasingly gets referenced in pop culture. Particularly on The Big Bang Theory. And somehow until now, I never managed to see it.
Slumdog Millionaire follows Jamal Malik (Dev Patel), and his appearance on the Indian version of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?. The movie is actually a look back on his life growing up as an orphan in the slums. Since he is poor, and unlike a doctor, or a lawyer, the show host, and thus the police, think he is cheating. Through looking back on his life experiences we come to learn how he knows the answers.
The movie also has a romantic element, as with most dramas. Jamal has loved the same girl ever since he was a very young boy. But love is lost, and Jamal loses Latika more than once throughout his life. What could be worse than that? Through this we learn why a man who has no real interest in riches, would want to appear on the show in the first place.
I really enjoyed this movie, and I honestly wish that I had watched it sooner. Dev Patel is brilliant, and I loved The Road Within, which was one of my favorite Netflix movies that I watched in 2016.
If you haven’t seen Slumdog Millionaire yet, I would very much recommend it. I really don’t put much stock in ratings, but with average rating of 4/5, 1.1 million people can’t be wrong.