Just saw Slumdog Millionaire, and it's easy to see why it's an Oscar frontrunner.
Brimming with energy and vitality, it's one of 2008's must-see movies. A romantic rags-to-riches fairytale at heart, it keeps itself grounded in reality by its setting, making comment on the cycle of poverty and violence in developing regions, not to mention the sinister effects of money. Simon Beaufoy's nonlinear storyline is ingeniously tied together, and Chris Dickens' editing makes the most of the vibrant colours captured by Anthony Dod Mantle's lens. The closing sequence is a giddy homage to Bollywood, and the thumping soundtrack by A.R. Rahman prevents the film from ever getting boring.
I can see as many as 7 nominations, including Picture, Director, Screenplay, Editing, Cinematography, Music (song and/or score), and possibly Supporting Actor.
**** out of ****