Lion (2016 Drama Film)
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  • Take for example 2015's The Danish Girl - a strong definition of a failed Oscar-bait movie
  • He was lost when he was just 5 years old in Calcutta and he witnessed terrible things that kids shouldn't experience
  • Until he was later adopted by an Australian couple who lovingly took care of him until he grew up
  • However, he was anxious about his past, the guilt that everyday his real mother and brother keeps shouting for his name looking for him is haunting him
  • There is nothing to complain in this movie, the performances are good, the script is well-written, the direction is seamless, the cinematography is topnotch, the score is very memorable, and it shows the power of the human spirit - I think something that everyone needs right now


by Laudemhir Jan Parel

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    Some movies are really made to catch awards attention. They often fail because the process becomes terribly inorganic, instead of telling a good story, they somehow focus in smaller details in the film - and while on paper it sounds good, the end material is always somewhat disappointing. Take for example 2015’s “The Danish Girl” - a strong definition of a failed Oscar-bait movie; the story is there, the actors are there, the director was an Oscar-winner, and yet the end result was not what everyone thought it could have been.

    Thankfully, Garth Davis’ directorial feature & heavily promoted as an awards contender “Lion” did not go the same route.

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  • Lion is based on Saroo Brierley’s search for home. He was lost when he was just 5 years old in Calcutta and he witnessed terrible things that kids shouldn’t experience. Until he was later adopted by an Australian couple who lovingly took care of him until he grew up. However, he was anxious about his past, the guilt that everyday his real mother and brother keeps shouting for his name looking for him is haunting him. So he begins to use Google Earth and recall everything in his past. This is a story that everyone knows what will happen in the end, but it is so beautifully told that what happens in the middle is just as important as its closure.

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  • The young kid that plays Saroo is Sunny Pawar. Wow, I cannot believe this young guy, he offers a brilliant and captivating performance in this movie. Half of the movie is dedicated to his journey; when he was a kid with his brother jumping on a train to steal coal for milk; when he was lost in a train and had to shout for help; when he was in Calcutta and had to witness other kids sleeping in tunnels until someone kidnaps them; and many other horrible things that he shouldn’t have witnessed. I tell you this: you won’t believe this role is played by a really young actor. I have never been impressed with a phenomenal performance by a child like this since Jacob Tremblay’s revealing performance in 2015’s “Room”.

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  • Speaking of “Room”, the composition of “Lion” actually reminds me of the two-part structure of that movie. The first act of Lion starring Sunny Pawar as young Saroo can actually be consider as one movie; it has a beginning, a climax, and a closure. However, the filmmakers decided to just connect the first and second act which I have some trouble with. The second act definitely feels like a “different” film compared to the first, partly because of the change of aesthetic, change of scenery, and of course the language.

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  • Dev Patel portrays the older Saroo, this time he already mastered the Australian accent. Speaking of which I am really impressed with Patel’s accent in this movie, it doesn’t sound “fake” but surprisingly natural. It’s like all those years where the movie just jumped he truly learned the language. Dev is great as expected, he showed promise in Slumdog Millionaire, and I’m glad he branched out in another successful movie. Some of his scenes are really emotional, and his chemistry with Rooney Mara is palpable in the screen. But it is with his dialogue with Nicole Kidman that really brings his A-game, and now all I can see is this mature Dev Patel that can bring powerhouse performance.

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  • The themes in this movie are rather heavy to be honest. They are mostly applicable to developing countries with many poor/illiterate people. The first act heavily deals with these themes and the lighter/uplifting second act balances the movie.

    It is beautifully shot too. The opening scene for example randomly shows aerial landscapes signifying how big/vast the world is; how it’s easy to get lost and never find your path again. There are lots of close-up shots, which I really like because they highlight the emotional moments of the characters in a way that we as audience can absolutely feel what they feel.

    The score/soundtrack is amazing, except for the last song which is utterly misplaced and almost ruined the entire experience for me. The main theme is very memorable, it can be heard from the trailer and it is gorgeously played in important parts of the movie.

    Lion is a film that I think almost EVERYONE will enjoy. Sure, it’s not a masterpiece that I think it could have been, but it’s very uplifting and well-made film. There is nothing to complain in this movie, the performances are good, the script is well-written, the direction is seamless, the cinematography is topnotch, the score is very memorable, and it shows the power of the human spirit - I think something that everyone needs right now. It tells a lot of important messages that are needed to be heard, and for that, I urge everyone to see this one!



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Andrew says :

Do you think the movie has a strong plot?

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denez says :

the movies is good and have good plot, nice watching it

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