Saturday, February 28, 2009

"It Is Written"

Today I took Shannon on a mommy/daughter date and saw "Slumdog Millionaire".

Wow.

Took me by surprise; I had heard that it was a 'love story', and that therein was the appeal.  So I expected the girl + boy story to be the focal point.  But that aspect seemed almost secondary; the love story was as much about brothers and friends as the romance you might expect to find in a popular two hour film.  The relationship between the brothers was powerful.  And powerful may be a rather anemic word.  I was completely captivated.

Sarah went to see it later today with friends and Twittered afterward, "I am paralyzed."  I think that's a good word for it.  

It's not unusual for me to enjoy a movie and encourage other people to go see it.  But there was something so visceral about this film...so deeply moving...it compels me to want to insist  that everyone in the universe go to see it.  

Reflecting on it a bit, I'm really not quite sure what the appeal is.  Perhaps, more than anything, my western, American, comfortable heart was shattered by the vivid depictions of life in the slums of India.  And because the poverty, the filth, the unbelievably desperate conditions were barely nodded at - simply a part of a very real, authentic story - the impact of how two brothers grew up in Mumbai is driven home with a fierce and desperate power.  It is inescapable.

I was so moved, on so many levels.  It was way beyond what I expected.  It is a movie I want to watch again and again and again.

I suggest you catch it in a theatre, where you can be transported to Mumbai and experience the intensity of this film in the dark.  Because, in spite of the setting of the story, it's a tale of the triumph of human spirit, and love, and right.  In the midst of the mess, it truly is a happy story.  And I think maybe that's what resonates most of all, what my occupied spirit completely understands.  

In the midst of great brokeness, there is true joy.

4 comments:

Lori said...

I've seen it three times Beth. I love it! One of my favorite movies in a long, long time.

The child acting is amazing!

The story heart breaking ... yet, heart warming.

Amazing film!

Africakid said...

I've been wanting to go to this movie for a few weeks. But in the midst of house-hunting, doctor appointments, registering our daughter for school...haven't made it yet. Can't wait!

Brian C. Hughes said...

We had hoped to go tomorrow...but we'll get snowed out now that schools are closed. But imagine, if you can be transported that well in a movie, what it would be like if you actually went there.

Jeff and Lynette Boggess, Hank and Donna Brooks, Mark Jenkins and Susan and I are all going to South Africa on a mission this coming October. One of our objectives is to again encounter the kind of depravity that you describe in this film, as well as the hope that the church somehow grasps in the midst of that kind of despair and poverty.

thanks for encouraging us to go see this movie. I wouldn't go if you hadn't given your '2 thumbs up' on it.

YesNoMaybeSo said...

I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!