Ol’ Man Rushdie Just Has to Shit On Slumdog’s Parade

Yeesh, man, let them enjoy themselves for a bit, m’Kay?

“The movie piles impossibility on impossibility,” he said in a lecture at Emory University in Atlanta.

Isn’t that kind of the job of movies and fantasy?

[He went on] raising questions over how the characters end up at the Taj Mahal, 1,000 miles from where they were in the previous scene

Cause it’s iconic and location-specific. In a movie.

[A]nd how [did] they manage to get their hands on a gun in India.

Cause the director gave them one, in order to heighten the drama.  Of a movie.

And I thought I was a cynic! Yeesh, man, lighten up; it’s a FABLE. You don’t sit around citing the implausibility of an elephant’s nose stretching, rather than coming off, when an alligator bites it, do you?

Besides, if you want to talk about impossible situations, one might argue that someone who looks like this

scoring someone who looks like this

or this

ranks high up there.

Oh yes, and, as an aside, I’d like to thank the Academy for reading my wee blog.

3 Responses to “Ol’ Man Rushdie Just Has to Shit On Slumdog’s Parade”

  1. 1 Jen
    February 25, 2009 at 00:21

    Plus Rushdie kinda is the master of blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. I guess it’s okay for him to do it, though, because he also enjoys wallowing in squalor and filth. No sanitized India in any of his books, nope.

  2. 2 jabberinwookie
    February 25, 2009 at 09:34

    That’s exactly what I read about his work, although, not having read it as of yet, I wasn’t going to assert it myself. This whole thing just sounds like sour grapes, especially as he’s adapting one of his books into a movie right now and his having trouble (it’s being called “unfilmable”).

  3. 3 Jen
    February 25, 2009 at 15:45

    Midnight’s Children and The Satanic Verses are both very good novels. I can see why filming them would be a nightmare, though. And he really does revel in squalor, sort of a really unsanitary Dickens.

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