True it's a formulaic story where the ending was so predictable but the journey was still thrilling and harrowing that it made up for its flaws. I don't think it deserved its Oscar win for best song and score.
The blatant duality that is India: extreme poverty clashing with the rising middle class is an important factor in the story. The realism of the funny moments lying in between the stark horror of the life in poverty shows how far India has to advance to be accepted in the developed world. The stark contrasts were amazingly depicted visually by Danny Boyle
, a director I love, and his cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle
While the movie was released, many of its detractors claimed that it didn't depict the real India. Unfortunately, it depicts a very accurate depiction of Indian life at least according to the articles and news stories I seen over many years (from CSMonitor, the New York Times, PBS, several films by Deepa Mehta
The chemistry between the main couple shown in brief interludes throughout the film was convincing enough for me in spite of the jerkish reactions I've read on the lines of why would the very beautiful Freida Pinto's
character would ever fall in love with Dev Patel's
Plus I saw it on my Christmas vacation in Pittsburgh at the time I saw it in the theater. Rare to see that Pittsburgh would be part of the limited release as the rest of the country got it in late January. And being extra happy going into a movie screening helps a bit as well.
Add this all up and Danny Boyle
did this amazing job on a tight independent budget of $15 million? All and all a great film.