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Right, so I’ve decided to give this blog thing a go, and see if the world is at all interested in the goings on in the life of a 22 year-old, living in Stellenbosch. So here goes, oddly enough, in Cape Town.

This weekend, I decided to take a break from the hecticness of lectures, first year’s with tight bodies and little clothing, and in fact remove myself from Stellenbosch completely. I decided to have a weekend of free food, big bed, DSTv and a big TV, by spending the time with my parents. It has been a while since our last contact session, and it’s always good to put in a bit of facetime, especially for the benifits on the side, like a couple of free groceries. But main issue I wanted to discuss in this blog was the movie I saw today – Slumdog Millionaire.

My parents invited me to come along on their sometime ritual of Sunday morning movies at Cavendish. They decided on Gran Turino, and seeing as I wasn’t in the mood for a tightly-jawed, wrinkled and mumbling Clint Eastwood being mean and racist, I decided to bite the hype, swallow the oscar buzz and see Slumdog Millionaire.

I can understand how some would find the film superfantastique, but I wasn’t convinced. Don’t get me wrong. It’s a delightful story, about an orphan boy from Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of Who wants to be a Millionaire, and the film starts off with him one question away from winning the main prize of 20 million rupees. The show ends, and he will answer the winning question the next day. Meanwhile, he gets arrested on suspicion of cheating, and through his torture and interrogation the audience find out how the events throughout his life give him the answers to every question. There’s also a bit of a love story, and a troubled relationship with his brother. There’s poverty, orphans, and the Taj Mahal. Unfortunatly, the song that seems to be stalking me (M.I.A. – Paper Planes), also makes an appearance.

All in all, the movie ends and you get the expected warm and fuzzy feeling, but other than that I didn’t think it was all that special. D0n’t get me wrong, it isn’t a crap movie, but all the hype and publicity may have stolen a little bit of it’s soul. I still enjoyed it though.

Tonight, I get to see how the political parties embarrass themselves again, and that shall be the subject of tomorrow’s post. Until then.


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