Saturday evening I saw one of those movies that will stay with me for a very, very long time. Slumdog Millionaire deserves all the accolades and buzz it has generated (including Flower Child's Music Monday last week). What I wasn't prepared for was the violence, particularly at children. I barely slept that night thinking about how human beings could so horribly treat each other. I've also struggled with how to talk about the movie with my kids since they have asked me about it.
What I was also not prepared for was a completely "straight" movie, not a typical Bollywood production with random big singing and dancing numbers interspersed throughout the story. Last year I watched one film about a haunted castle and while the big dance number during a wedding made some sense, the buddies singing and dancing their way through a travel scene made no sense what so-ever.
But the closing credits for Slumdog Millionaire had this sweetly awkward dance number on a train station that has several pivotal scenes. If you've seen a true Bollywood music scene these dancer-actors rival any move Beyonce has. Just watch the lead actors. They barely know what they are doing. That makes it all the more enjoyable.
The soundtrack is just terrific. If you have any interest in Indian pop music fused with other styles, this is for you. Sunday I managed to run a full 5K while listening to the soundtrack. It is that fun.
A fun soundtrack for a movie about, in part, the brutal treatment of poor children. But in the end it is a movie about living with hope. The hope of love and a better life.
Any music inspired you lately? Please join in Music Monday. Just remember if you plan to use little Mr. Linky below, write a post about music and link back to me. Music always makes Monday a bit more fun.
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