Lion – Review

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It’s funny how every movie that I reviewed so far have specific characteristics that make them unique and in this film, the music was its main “source of power”.

This magnificient flick tells a story of a five-year-old Indian boy who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, away from home. Then he survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia in which 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

I must confess that from the list of nominees, this is one of the movies that there isn’t that much hype around it making it an underdog, and these are the ones that I like the most.

With spetacular performances by Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara and even the younger characters, this is a film that is represented by realistic and authentic displays. Dev’s act made me remember his role in “Slumdog Millionaire”, which is great since both of those portrayals were very good, giving more props to this character of “Saroo”. However, I have to give a huge mention to Nicole and Rooney that helped the plot development in a way that the film needed, keeping it up with that genuine approach.

The cinematography was another aspect that I adored, just as the performances made the movie more truthfull to the reality of the surroundings, the cinematography had the same objetive. The most notable action was the face plans of each character as they interact with each other. Amazing !

Now, the thing that I liked the most was the soundtrack, every moment became more intense and deeper each time the harmonizing sound made its appearance. From the younger to the adult “Saroo”, the music was spot on and the melody was beautiful according to the moments in question. I cannot emphasize enough, every single time the sounds came up, it set a completely different tone of engagement to not only the characters but the situation dealt with.

For me, this ( improbable ) true story made me feel things that I didn’t expect to receive. While adressing the topic of homeless children in India, this movie intends to open the people minds to the reality that is being endured in a country like India where children are harmed more ways often than not.

Also, I have to say that I got a little emotional at the end of the film. I mean, when the final part hit and the credits started rolling, I couldn’t contain myself, I experienced every emotion that came to me. The improbableness of Saroo finding his home, more importantly his mother, and then when he does it, he discovers that she was there the whole time waiting for him. Despite that, finding out that his brother was killed by the train of the station that Saroo was left was unreal, just talking right now makes me…..I don’t know, FEEL !

In conclusion, this is just as its story, and improbable movie that delivers a great piece of life. And not just any life, but a life where persistency and love came together. Filled with lifelike characters that live in a realistic environment, offering the audience an unamaginable experience.

So, what in the hell did you felt watching the film ? Was it intense ?

Nominated for : Best Picture, Best Actor In A Supporting Role ( Dev Patel ), Best Actress In A Supporting Role ( Nicole Kidman ), Best Cinematography, Best Music ( Original Score ) and Best Writing ( Adapted Screenplay ).

I rate : 8,1 / 10

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