I left early and went into the city to see a movie. I had intended to see "Milk" but it was sold out, so I went to "Slumdog Millionaire." (Which I also wanted to see. "Milk" was my first choice because it's playing only at the E Street Cinema, while "Slumdog Millionaire" is at several theatres now, including the Cinema Arts in Fairfax.)
I hadn't quite thought through the emotional impact of seeing this movie right after the Mumbai attacks. There are several early scenes involving sectarian violence which would have been hard enough to deal with even without the current events. I had been under the vague impression (mostly from the trailer) that the movie was a comedy, which it isn't. There are some funny moments, but it's drama of the strongest kind. It wasn't always easy to watch, but I thought it was superbly well done. Dev Patel was very appealing as Jamal, the poor eighteen year old whose appearance on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" has hints of destiny.
I also want to mention the soundtrack. It was remarkably effective in setting the scene. India is a complex place and the music evoked both the wonderfulness and horribleness there.