You know, this movie got an overabundance of praise from the Academy when it was new, but watching almost a decade later, it's clearly way better than its subsequent backlash would suggest.
It's a Danny Boyle movie and, crucially, one of his most energetic works. It springs with the same cadence as Trainspotting, and its darker moments hover near the depths of that addiction caper, but it's a more pure, innocent, almost fairy tale-like film. And it works very well in that framework. This is a story of self-mythology on a grand scale, literal rags-to-riches in a tightly edited, exotically shot, increasingly tense romantic thriller.