2008 *** 120 mins.
When this film started, I thought it was absolutely horrible. The direction was terrible, the characters were kind of bland, and many story elements were apalling. For example: the main character, as a young boy, jumps into a puddle of human feces and runs through a crowd of people to get an actor's autograph. How can that be anyone's idea of a Best Picture winner? For the first 45 minutes or so of the film, I probably would have given it two and a half stars. As the film progressed, though, it got better, and the ending was very fun. I think that's why critics seem to be in love with it; they are left with a very good last impression, and that's what sticks with them. I can't help but remember the kid covered in human excrement. I really liked the idea, though. In Mumbai, a young man is one question away from winning the Rs. 20,000,000 question of the Hindi version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? when he is accused of cheating, being tortured and questioned as to how he knew the answers. The film proceeds with him telling his prosecutors how he knew the answers to various questions, leading us through flashbacks of his whole life up to that point. A very intriguing idea that starts of very poorly but gradually gets better (if still very cliche).
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Super 35)
Rated R for some violence, disturbing images and language.
Based on the Novel "Q & A"