Backlash on backlash

Posted by · 7:24 pm · December 10th, 2008

Quite why certain factions have taken it upon themselves to heap such scorn upon “Slumdog Millionaire,” a film that I thought had to rank among the year’s most likeable, is something that escapes me. Who’d be a frontrunner, eh?

Anyway, I was glad to read the Vulture wags take on the “Slumdog” backlash with typically acidic wit. This particular entry in their facetious list of the film’s cons had me snorting my tea through my nose:

Not WWII-y enough: Were you aware that Slumdog Millionaire is one of the few films coming out this fall that doesn’t feature Nazis? Is Danny Boyle trying to make us forget the Holocaust?

Brilliant. The rest here.

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  • 1 12-10-2008 at 7:34 pm

    Scott Ward said...

    That is pretty good.

    Although Guy, I’ve really become accustomed to virtually every single film earning some backlash nowadays, so this really doesn’t surprise me. It seems as if whoever doesn’t like a film as much as the person next to them will try and conjure up any little thing to bring the movie down. We think that just because one movie is better than another, we have to point out all of the flaws (even the made up ones) of what is in our opinion the inferior film.

  • 2 12-10-2008 at 8:23 pm

    Andre said...


    my only reaction to that is:


    the Fox News approach to Oscar coverage, I guess…

  • 3 12-10-2008 at 8:34 pm

    Andre said...

    don’t I feel dumb now that I see it was a joke…

    still , I wouldn’t put anything past anyone these days.

  • 4 12-10-2008 at 11:54 pm

    Chad said...

    Not everybody likes every film. I just saw Slumdog tonight and thought it was one of Boyle’s worst efforts.

  • 5 12-11-2008 at 12:05 am

    Chris said...

    It happens every year, Guy.
    Last year, people suddenly hated “Juno”, the year before it was “Little Miss Sunshine”. Once a film that didn’t seem at first to be succesful starts to outshine some other efforts, people start discrediting it for the most ludicrous reasons.
    This year this seems to happen to “Slumdog Millionaire” and “Wall-E”.

    (Which of course doesn’t say that some people simply didn’t like certain films from the very beginning.)