Slumdog Millionaire Symbolism

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Rising from the slums to becoming a millionaire is a one in a million chance. Jamal, the main character of Slumdog Millionaire, did accomplish that and became that chance. With his dying, he started off in the slums living pretty much off of dirt and garbage. From experience, Jamal was able to recall certain events and situations to help him answer certain questions in the game show. For example, Jamal was able to answer the question, “What does God Rama hold in his right hand?” by simply remembering the time him and his brother were being chased, after his mother was killed. Not only did the plot of the movie make it interesting and amazing to watch, but the acting, aging through camera transitions, and overall goal of Jamal wanting to find …show more content…
Throughout the movie, the director made use of scene transitions to represent the aging of Jamal and Salim. For example, the use of transitions that show aging can be seen in the scene where Jamal and Salim have finally escaped Maman and his crew which lead them to a train. In this train scene, Jamal and Salim are trying to steal food from the train and then they are knocked down out of the train when a man catches them. As Jamal and Salim are rolling down the hill, they suddenly aged. This was a perfect way to show how the brothers have aged rather than using simple text saying, “two years later,” to better show the progression of age. Another time the use of scene transitions helped show the progression of age was the scene after Jamal and Salim decided to split up after a fight. With the use of a Samuel Colt’s pistol, Salim was able to scare Jamal away from Latika and himself. After this, the scene transitions to Jamal being grown up and is now working as a tea person at a computing, consumer service building. The director’s use of age progression with the use of scene transitions was perfect in that the audience were easily able to identify the aging of the brothers without the use of subtext. With the use of camera transition in and out of scenes, the director did an amazing job of representing aging of the brothers which further help make the movie …show more content…
Elements such as camera transitions, acting, and the central motives of Jamal against conflicts helped make this movie amazing. Acting was perfect due to the fact that actors that played Jamal and Salim came straight from the slums, thus acting seemed to be natural. Camera transitions helped make act progression more naturally and helped the movie flow better. Also, the central motives of Jamal against his conflicts helped the drawed the audience attention while still progressing the movie. Overall, it was the tiny elements that helped make the movie, Slumdog Millionaire, an amazing movie to

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