I'll give Slumdog Millionaire one thing. It was a lot more entertaining than other recent Oscar movies-of-the-year. But is it the apex of film-making this year? Of course not. Slumdog Millionaire winning the movie-of-the-year (and it's going to win it per Nate Silver. He's never wrong about these things) is a lot like Gerald Wilkins winning an NBA MVP. Okay, so Wilkins was never an MVP winner and was never in the running. But he had an aesthetically pleasing game that on closer inspection wasn't very good. Actually, it wasn't good at all. That's my take on Slumdog. I left the theater in an okay mood. Some of the audience had applauded the movie, which surprised me a bit. The movie's pacing was fast. There were a number of good M.I.A. videos throughout, and so I guess I could understand the general adrenaline pumping feeling that circulated throughout the theater. But I've thought about it some more, and the movie is just not that good. The character of the brother, for instance, is not based on a human being. One second, he's a saint; the next, depending on the needs of the plot, he's pure evil. What's up with that?
But it will win the movie of the year and this year I won't throw something at the screen. That's mainly because it is better than the utter atrocities that were Million Dollar Baby and Crash. The bar is very low for Best Movies. Slumdog hurdles over it very comfortably.
I haven't seen the Wrestler but I am rooting for Mickey Rourke to win mainly for his speech. I assume he'll say some wacky things, maybe throw the statuette at some producer he's long reviled, and go full method and perform a Ric Flair Figure Four Leg Lock on Sean Penn.
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