6/10 Adapted from the best-selling novel, “The White Tiger” succeeds in some areas but in the end feels like it should have been left in book form. There are several note-worthy accomplishments from writer/director Ramin Bahrani. The movie is well cast and the cinematography captures the distinct look Bahrani was going for. He does a great job of making the cities come alive and become characters in and of themselves. The score/soundtrack captures the vibe of the time period while simultaneously reflecting our lead protagonist’s high and lows, emotionally. The movie remains entertaining over its two-hour duration, keeping you engaged the entire time. The writing feels natural and realistic, which surely comes from the strength of the original source material, hence the Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. The second and third acts are the strongest and I appreciated the realism and themes the movie has to offer. However, this movie has been overhyped and definitely has problems that most mainstream critics have yet to address. For starters, the movie begins with lightning speed. The opening act has fast editing and throws so much at you at once, over narrating and telling instead of showing. The quick cut editing stands out like a sore thumb since the rest of the movie is edited in a normal fashion. The movie has shades of “Slumdog Millionaire” but with a much less likeable leading character. The abundance of narration at times felt like a lot and made me realize why this would be better in novel form. There is some repetition within the plot and the end’s rise to power is spoiled early on in the movie, removing any fear for our protagonist’s survival. Once the movie ends, it feels like an awkward place to end since we just arrived at a new starting point for our leading man. We want to see if he is able to redeem his sins or if we ever find out what happens with his family and if that comes back to haunt him. Yet the movie abruptly ends and we are left feeling empty. Other films have already explored the class struggles and corruption riddled throughout India so this isn’t showing us a lot outside of what we already knew beforehand. In the end, the movie is well made, entertaining, expertly acted with strong visual and musical elements but still disappoints due to the story, which is always the most important element of a film. Worth a view on Netflix if you are a fan of the novel and you have nothing else to watch, but don’t get your hopes up too high.

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