We went to see Slumdog Millionaire this weekend. My colleagues asked if I liked the film, and I had a hard time answering that question. I told them that the film is intense. I also told them that the film is extraordinarily well directed, well acted, and has a satisfying story line with good closure. However, the upbeat conclusion of the story and the energetic Ballywood dance number accompanying the credits really can't make up for the fact that the film grinds down the audience unrelentingly for two hours before it finally resolves. Would I recommend the film? Yes, I'd recommend it for a great (if improbable) story, and great movie making. But would I recommend it as an uplifting "rags to riches" fable? No can do.