I wouldn't say I'm a massive film buff but WOW! Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best films I've seen in a long time. I think it's already won lots of awards and it's up for more.
People, this is one for the cinema if you're going to see it. Not for special affects but for the fantastic directing. The scenes and how it's filmed is spot on. I've never been to India but you really get a feel for life there and the slums. Especially the scenes as kids run around the labyrinth of street markets. All the acting is faultless. There's some extremely funny bits but also some shocking scenes of violence which I imagine is the harsh reality of the poverty in Indian culture.
For those who don't know about it; it's a teenage lad who enters the Indian version of 'Who wants to be a Millionaire' to win the heart of and provide for his childhood sweetheart who's living with a gangster. Between the 2 shows he's being tortured by the Indian police because he's getting the questions right and they think he's a cheat. Then it shows you his life and how every question he answered is directly linked to a very poignant part of his life from his early childhood upwards.