04 April, 2009

Slumdog Millionaire and Milk

We finally saw Slumdog Millionaire this week. I will start out by saying that it was a great film, truly. However, I was kind of under the impression that it would have left me hope filled and smiling. It didn't. It was brutal and so sad. Yes, it ends well but everything he goes through to get to that point is just awful so it was a little bit difficult to feel the relief of a happy ending. I understand that we're dealing with some very heavy, very real subject matter here, but I think this film could have had a bit more depth, and covered the full spectrum of emotions a little better, if it had had a couple more lighthearted, funny moments. See?? This is what happens when you've heard too much about a movie before you see it! Every time! Plus, this movie just broke my heart, and I had a lot of trouble watching all the violent scenes so it's hard for me to rave about it. I'm not very good with violence in movies. I am a very very VERY sensitive girl. Feelings stay with me for a long time. I can't just write things off as "just a movie" because, most of the time, the violence could be real and has happened somewhere at some point in time. And, in this case, it was most definitely real. This world is such a sad, screwed up place. It's good to have something to remind me of the tragedy that others are suffering through every day. It keeps things in perspective and reminds me of just how blessed and fortunate I am. 

AND we also watched Milk this week! You might say it was kind of a heart-wrenching week! This film was absolutely incredible. I've caught myself thinking about in the last few days since I watched it, and I'm just struck by how poignant, real, deep, and relevant this film was. Now I know there are all types of sentiments out there on this one, and they may prevent some people from seeing it, but it's really just a great, true story about a group of people fighting for the right to exist and to be treated the same as everyone else. I honestly think that anyone could watch this movie and take something good away from it. Personally, I loved it. The acting was incredible, and the story was well told. Sean Penn definitely earned the Oscar in this one. 

So next week, we will definitely be adding some lighthearted movies to our Netflix queue. I need to recover from the sob-fest I had this week. Maybe some Goldie Hawn and Meg Ryan movies are in order? Yes, yes, I think so!


  1. my girl friends and I can't for slumdog to be out ion DVD - we're planning to have a movie night in my house to see it!


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