Premise: Set in India, this true story follows a little boy who gets lost on a train and travels thousands of miles away from his home. Later in life, he sets out on a journey to find his homeland through the aid of Googlemaps.
Lion is a beautiful movie that takes the viewer on the journey of a lifetime through ones boy’s incredible life. Director Garth Davis weaves cinematography with outstanding performances and an wonderful soundtrack. This true story is wrought with emotion as it tells the tell of Saroo (played by Sunny Pawar), who gets lost on a train traveling to another section of India. As he struggles to find his way through a strange land and dialect, Pawar’s performance is phenomenal with a depth in character seen in few adult actors. The first part of the movie is subtitled in Hindi and shows gourgeous scenery and unbelievable depravity seen by Saroo until he meets his newly adoptive Australian parents. The second half of the movie transitions to a grown up Saroo played by Dev Patel. He has lived a somewhat charmed life being adopted by two loving parents with Nicole Kidman in a strong role as his mom. After a friend suggests he could find his family through Googlemaps, he begins a dark, deep journey into the abyss of the uncertainty. Patel, in a role likened to Slumdog Millionare, shows more of his acting chops and with co-star Rooney Mara as his girlfriend really gives a solid performance. In remembering a specific water tower and route home, the incredulity of the whole story is that Saroo was able to find his mother through Googlemaps.
Ratings: One and a Half Glasses of Wine
Director: Garth Davis