‘Slumdog Millionaire’ trailer

Posted by · 1:04 pm · October 30th, 2008

…has dropped at Yahoo! Movies.  I’m not overly impressed with it and I actually don’t think it totally represents the film’s emotion, but you gotta sell it.  Regardless, the further I spin away from the film, the more I’m becoming convinced that Dev Patel will land a nomination for Best Supporting Actor.

Have a look:

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  • 1 10-30-2008 at 1:20 pm

    nick said...


  • 2 10-30-2008 at 1:22 pm

    Mr. Gittes said...

    Looks good. Boyle has yet to make a bad film.

    Mann’s Public Enemies trailer draws near…

  • 3 10-30-2008 at 1:27 pm

    nick said...

    Mr. Gittes: when is that trailer dropping? That’s my most anticipated film for the next two years pretty much. I am foaming over it. Do you know more?

  • 4 10-30-2008 at 1:41 pm

    JAB said...

    That was fantastic, I haven’t been too eager for that movie, but it looks pretty good! The music was great, first M.I.A. (was that an orginal track? anyone know?) and then a Sigur Ros song. very exciting.

  • 5 10-30-2008 at 2:25 pm

    John said...

    If “Slumdog” succeeds in securing a Best Pic nom, I think Dev Patel will come along with it… it’s both or neither.

  • 6 10-30-2008 at 2:30 pm

    John said...

    And that actually was a great trailer for the movie… uplifting, kinetic, and colorful.

    It’s interesting to see that they changed the D-answer from “It is written” to “It is destiny.” I wonder if it’ll now appear in the film that way (at the press screening, it was still “it was written”).

  • 7 10-30-2008 at 3:25 pm

    Rob Scheer said...

    It’s not a bad trailer, but:

    (1) They really should be emphasizing that the film is an adventure, more entertaining and fast-moving, than just the emotion/love element.

    (2) Him going on the show because he thought she was watching is kind of a late-in-the-game “twist” in the film, I don’t really like that they’re spilling it as the premise to sell the film on.

  • 8 10-30-2008 at 3:30 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Quoting Ebert TWICE is a bit much ain’t it?

  • 9 10-30-2008 at 4:16 pm

    Chris said...

    @JAB: Actually, that’s the Ting Tings and not M.I.A. and no, it’s not original.

    I couldn’t get warm with the trailer though. I think it gives you an idea of what the film will look like, but it isn’t very interesting. But hey, if the film’s good then I don’t give a s*** about the trailer.

  • 10 10-30-2008 at 4:31 pm

    Ivan said...

    Asi se hace Danny Boyle!

    Slumpic Millionaire
    Actor/Dev Patel a la Keisha Castle Hughes
    Supporting Actress/Freida Pinto
    Adapted Screenplay
    Film Editing

    Maybe Cinematography, Original Score
    Song (M.I.A. or Sigur Ros )

  • 11 10-30-2008 at 4:44 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    There is an original MIA song in the film, called “O… Saya,” and it’s typically thrilling. (“Paper Planes” is put to great use too.)

    “It is written” is SO much more poetic than “It is destiny” … I hope they keep it that way.

    Sensational film, whatever the trailer.

  • 12 10-30-2008 at 4:50 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    By the way, if the film gets any Best Song nomination, it’ll be for the closing credits number, “Jai Ho” — which I’m betting on. (There’s no Sigur Ros in the film that I noticed, btw.)

  • 13 10-30-2008 at 5:40 pm

    Matthew said...

    It’s weird to think that Dev Patel’s only previous credits are Channel 4’s “Skins”. Not that that’s a detriment. I’m SO excited to see it. The use of Sigur Ros’s “Hoppipola” made me think of the Children of Men trailer.

  • 14 10-30-2008 at 5:57 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Yeah, I find it hard to get my head around that too, Matthew. I didn’t even think he was one of the strongest links in “Skins” — the idea that anyone from that show (which I loved) could get an Oscar nomination is surreal.

  • 15 10-30-2008 at 6:04 pm

    Josh said...

    I talked with Danny Boyle after the screening at the Chicago Film Festival and he said that M.I.A. did an original song for the film. I think it plays early in the movie before Paper Planes.

  • 16 10-30-2008 at 6:14 pm

    Chris said...

    I agree with you, Guy. Dev Patel was rather weak in “Skins”, but that might have been because Anwar wasn’t the best written character. All he had to do was shout silly things about sex and act like a nutter.

    Some of the actors clearly have the talent to be nominated for major awards some day (hey, if Hillary Swank’s won two Oscars already, anyone can do it…), but I would never have thought it might happen so soon.

    (PS: the last two episodes of season 2 ruined the show for me.)

  • 17 10-30-2008 at 6:16 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    That’s right, Josh — in the streetkids chase sequence. It’s terrific.

  • 18 10-30-2008 at 6:23 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    I found Season 2 pretty uneven overall — though it had moments of real beauty too. For me, it basically soared when Cassie was the focus — I thought Hannah Murray was the ensemble’s star-in-waiting.

    And I totally agree on Anwar — the character never felt very connected to the ensemble, and was one of the show’s few elements that felt tokenistic.

    Patel is super in “Slumdog,” though, so good for him.

  • 19 10-31-2008 at 6:56 am

    mike said...

    Links for free screenings:


  • 20 10-31-2008 at 8:09 am

    Matt G. said...

    The last movie with Sigur Rós in its trailer turned out to be a masterpiece, so I have high hopes for Slumdog Millionaire. They could’ve also added some of A.R. Rahman’s brilliant music to the trailer though (I think some of it was in the teaser).

  • 21 11-02-2008 at 3:21 am

    Rajesh said...

    Lodge – in the streetkids chase sequence ,the music is done by A R Rahman .It is the voice of A R Rahman you hear in that .And A R Rahman has never sung any song for any other music director.

  • 22 11-02-2008 at 4:13 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Thanks, Rajesh — I read both Rahman and MIA’s names in the credits for that song, but must have misindentified the voices.

  • 23 11-04-2008 at 4:41 am

    Rajesh said...

    Music Details

    A.R. Rahman Music Producer
    Srinivas Murthy Vocal Supervision & Music Assistant
    Andy Richards Original Score Mixer (at Out of Eden)
    A.R. Rahman Song (“O…Saya”)

    Song (“O…Saya”)
    A.R. Rahman Song Performer (“O…Saya”)

    Song Performer (“O…Saya”)
    Joe Strummer Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes (DFA Remix)”)
    Paul Simonon (II) Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes (DFA Remix)”)
    Topper Headon Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes (DFA Remix)”)
    Mathangi Arulpragasam Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes (DFA Remix)”)
    Joe Strummer Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes”)
    Paul Simonon (II) Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes”)
    Mathangi Arulpragasam Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes”)
    Topper Headon Song (“M.I.A. Paper Planes”)
    Leopold Simoneau Song Performer (“Gluck: No.43 (Air) (Orphée Et Eurydice)”)
    Ila Arun Song Performer (“Ranga-Ranga”)
    Alka Yagnik Song Performer (“Ranga-Ranga”)
    Raqueeb Alam Song (“Ranga-Ranga”)
    A.R. Rahman Song (“Search For Latika”)
    Javed Akhtar Song (“Aaj Ki Raat”)
    Sonu Nigam Song Performer (“Aaj Ki Raat”)
    Alisha Chinoy Song Performer (“Aaj Ki Raat”)

    Song (“Jaiho…..”)
    Sukvinder Singh Song Performer (“Jaiho…..”)
    Keith Strachan Song (“Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”)
    Matthew Strachan Song (“Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”)
    A. R. Rehman Composer
    Niv Adiri Music Editor


  • 24 11-14-2008 at 10:12 pm

    David said...

    Anyone have an idea what song was playing when Jamal and Latika kissed at the end?

  • 25 11-18-2008 at 4:26 am

    aamir said...

    So AR Rahman and Sigur Ros’s music in the trailer both of which I love but what’s the third song, the upbeat rock indy track?

  • 26 11-18-2008 at 7:54 am

    Molly said...

    I’m also dying to figure out what the song is that plays starting 45 seconds into the trailer. I’ve also heard it used on ads for KCRW. Any ideas?

  • 27 11-18-2008 at 8:01 am

    aamir said...


    I found out. It’s called “Great DJ” by a band known as “The Ting Tings.” The trailer has a better re-edit of the song than the song really is, sadly.

  • 28 12-05-2008 at 1:15 am

    NILES said...


  • 29 3-16-2009 at 5:34 am

    Homeboy Joshiwa said...

    Anyone know the music plaed from 1.25?

  • 30 3-16-2009 at 7:19 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Joshiwa: It’s the same track that starts at 1.11 — “Hoppipolla” by Sigur Ros.

  • 31 3-17-2009 at 7:31 pm

    Poly said...

    O.K. the song that plays starting 45 seconds into the trailer ist Great DJ. But where do I find this trailer remix???

  • 32 4-13-2009 at 3:04 pm

    Joden said...


    I agree. Hearing “Hoppipolla” in this trailer also reminded me of the Children of Men trailer. Anybody know what song was in that trailer? I’ve been searching for it ever since the movie came out.