Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple.
Twenty five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home.
The Chairman – Dev Patel, this guy is just amazing. Ever since Slumdog Millionaire he has been putting together some great performances. Lion is no exception.
The movie based on an incredible true story of Saroo, a boy from the West of India and his journey back to his mother’s love.
Whilst I found the whole movie a downer with some pacing and storytelling issues, it is definitely worth the time and please take some tissues. There are plenty of tears here.
That Nomad Shad – This was my third screening for the week…I had not seen a true January-esque film yet.
…And Lion ends off this week with 3 good films.
Yes, I watched 3 films this week. In January. The garbage dump of the film year.
Now you know a film is hitting some emotional notes when the trailer is bringing people to tears. You read right, the trailer brought a few people I know to tears (or close to tears). To those people I say, brace yourself. One meme summarises this film perfectly.
Yip, you’d best prepare to be hit in the emotional genetalia with an avalanche of the feelz. Lion is great, it gets you invested in the characters and , most importantly, Saroo’s journey to find home. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman do the characters so much justice. Well except for Nicole’s hairdo…we don’t talk about that…
But it’s Sunny Pawar, who plays a young Saroo, that steals the show. The film found the perfect child actor to blackmail you, into the feelz, with his adorability.
You can’t help but buy into the child’s distress, and longing to go home to his mother very quickly. A situation we’ve all had while shopping with our parents.
If you need any more reasons to check out this film then here are a few. You’re going to get some stunning cinematography, some good storytelling, and more and more of the feelz. No, seriously, they don’t hold back…
The film is a slow burn so be prepared…