This last year was full of amazing films. From the emotional and inspiring Milk to the action packed and well acted Dark Knight, to the most original vampire film I’ve ever seen Let the Right One In, to the beautifully illustrated Wall-E. But the film that I believe ranked far superior to all of these was Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle (who also directed Trainspotting and 28 Days Later).
Slumdog Millionaire is the heart-wrenching story of Jamal, a street kid who finds himself on India’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The story is told through a series of flashbacks. Jamal’s history is slowly unraveled with each question he is asked on the show. Slumdog Millionaire is a story of friendship, survival and love. The actors were excellent, especially the child actors. I agree with my roommate Kendra in how this year really showcased a lot of child actor talent with films like this and Let the Right One In. The cinematography and editing in this film also get a two thumbs up. You could really feel Boyle’s directorial style with quick edits and an overall feeling of chaos and lack of control. It was a dark film with the story of Jamal and Latika serving as the lightsource. I really loved this film and recommend it.
So, voila! Congratulations Slumdog Millionaire! Best film of 2008 according to me.
3. Let the Right One In
4. The Dark Knight