Thursday, December 22, 2016

Lion: Monday, December 12 2016

Lion is an Australian-American-British drama, based on the non-fiction book A Long Way Home by Saroo Brierley with Larry Buttrose. The story line is simple. An Australian couple, who have decided they don't want to add any biological children of their own to the world, adopt two young boys from India. One of the boys, Saroo, suddenly, at age 25, decides to find his biological mother, using Google maps. He had become lost as a five-year-old, and now wants to go home.

Lion is directed by Garth David, and this is his feature debut. It shows: the direction could have been tightened up considerably. The two-hours long film seemed very slow, and I had a problem staying awake. It was interesting to see India, although the parts we visited were colourful, if not too inspiring. There were also some views of Tasmania, which was interesting. We know the ending, of course, but much more tension could have been injected into script. I found the conclusion melodramatic, and it made me feel uncomfortable. It all seemed so stale, and contrived. It might have been better as a thriller, rather than a conscious tear-jerker. I was bored a lot of the time, which is why I fell asleep. Not too good a beginning for Garth David, in my opinion. He might be better to stick to his commercials.

Sunny Pawar played the young Saroo, and was delightful in his part. Dev Patel played 25-year-old Saroo Brierley, and is so good-looking he is great eye candy. He did act well too. Everyone else in the film acted appropriately. I'm not a fan of Nicole Kidman. She has never been very expressive, and botox doesn't lend itself to facial expressions. The Australian couple left me cold. I couldn't relate to them.

Apparently, audiences are liking Lion. For younger people who haven't been exposed to too much, it probably is enjoyable. If you want to have your emotions played on, this is your film.

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