Monday, 6 February 2017

Lion Review


Release Date: 19th January 2017 - Australia 

Production Companies 
The Weinstein Company (presents)
Screen Australia (in association with)
See-Saw Films
Aquarius Films (in association with)
Sunstar Entertainment (in association with)
Narrative Capital

Transmission Films

Genre: Drama

Rating: PG

Runtime: 118 minutes

Budget: $12,000,000

Box Office Gross: $140,312,928

Plot Summary 
Five-year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of kilometres 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 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.

Sunny Pawar - Young Saroo
Dev Patel - Saroo Brierly
Nicole Kidman - Sue Brierly
Rooney Mara - Lucy 
David Wenham - John Brierly
Abhishek Bharate - Guddu 
Priyanka Bose - Kamia
Khuski Solanki - Young Shekila 
Shankar Nisode - Shankar
Tannishtha Chatterjee - Noor
Nawazuddin Siddiqui - Rawa
Rita Boy - Amita 
Surojit Das - Shonedeep/
Haunted Boy
Deepti Naval - Mrs. Sood
Menik Gooneratne - Swarmina 
Keshav Jedhav - Young Mantosh
Divian Ladwa - Mantosh Brierly
Todd Sampson - Provost
Pallavi Sharda - Prama 
Sachin Joab - Bharat
Arka Das - Sami
Emille Cocquerel - Annika

Director - Garth Davis
Adapted from the Book "A Long Way From Home" - Saroo Brierly
Screenplay - Luke Davis
Executive Producers - Andrew Fraser, David Glasser, Daniel Levin, Shahen Mekertichain and Bob & Harvey Weinstein 
Producers - Iain Channing, Annie Fielder and Emile Sherman
Production Designer - Chris Kennedy
Costume Designer - Cappi Ireland
Director of Photography - Greig Fraser
Film Editors - Alexandre de Francheschi
Music - Volker Bertelmann and
Dustin O'Halloran

A truly incredible moving biopic of a young boy's struggle to survive in India before being adopted, then his uplifting journey as an adult to locate his lost family seemed very meaningful and surprising for an Oscar-worthy contender. The first half of the movie reduces me to tears with its heart wrenching scenes, it feels like watching AN AMERICAN TAIL all over again. Thankfully, it shifted from its depression to the backbone of its inspirational and heart-warming drama.

Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel both nail their performances as the young and adult Saroo with the first for his youthful optimism and Patel with self-dignity and reliance. I must admit, I would have been proud to see both of the main actors to share the Best Actor nomination instead of Patel being named as Best Supporting Actor. Pairing with them is Aussie legend Nicole Kidman in the role of Saroo's adoptive and supportive mother, her character is well acted and gives credibility to the story.

It was worthwhile to see the film that wasn't as revolutionary as some believe, it stands as one of the great dramas I have reviewed. If you have no feelings about this feature than you truly have no soul.

Star rating: (8/10) Very Good Movie

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