After several friends recommending it, I finally got around to seeing "Slumdog Millionaire". As with many great movies, this movie was inspired by Vikas Swarup's Q & A: A Novel. And it was a great movie. It was the type of movie that at the end, I had the "Wow" reflex. The "Wow" reflex is that happy feeling I get when I know I've just seen an amazing movie or read a great book.
What's so great about this movie? It takes an old story structure and executes it brilliantly. We all know the classic rags to riches archetype as well as the archetype of lost love found again--redemption, love, suffering ending with great fortune going to the golden hearted.
All these classic ideas are put into the context of India where the main character comes from unbelievable poverty and misfortune, yet retains his moral sense and a purity of love for a girl. Everything about the movie is familiar yet new, classic yet modern, incredibly tragic and incredibly exultant. This is why we watch movies!