LION

Moving, well-acted, deep… And fairly overrated. Directed by Australian debutant Garth Davis, the man who will bring us a Mary Magdelene biopic starring Oscar-nominees Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix (that has to be really good), this six-time Oscar nominee starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman arrived in the perfect year diversity-wise. The photography and performances stand out, but the same cannot be said about the sluggish plot.

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Dev Patel as a young Saroo

Adapted from the book A Long Way Home by the real Saroo Brierley, Lion is based on the true story of a 5-year-old Indian kid (a brilliant Sunny Pawar) who gets lost in the streets of Calcutta and survives countless challenges before being adopted by Australian parents (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham.) Perhaps its biggest strong suit is its avoidance of clichés. Yes, the story is as tragic as it is heart-warming, but self-pity is nowhere to be found throughout it. Besides, a youngster Saroo using Google Earth (resulting in fantastic aerial shots) to find his original home, contributes originality and why not, bait to the whole concept. And it worked a treat for Luke Davies, whose adaptation of the script was among the finest five this year and the best one in Bafta voters’ eyes.

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Nicole Kidman as Saroo’s (adoptive) mother

Both Oscar nominees for said feature, Nicole Kidman steals the few scenes she has when compared to Dev Patel, who has clearly left TV contests and urban dances behind with a solid Bafta win, in a year where the “abundance” of diversity (which is always great news, but blatant on the Academy’s end this year) has conspicuously upped his chances. Much like Jacob Tremblay (who has already nabbed a role in eight more movies since Room (2015), every award season needs a cute child with serious acting chops and this year it was Pawar’s turn. The confusion and resilience he portrays, is not only not sugar coated, but also lifelike as heck. As for the supporting cast, the always-excellent Rooney Mara (Saroo’s girlfriend Lucy), who has intelligently chosen to accommodate in a smaller role after non-stop hits like the unforgettable Carol (2015) – hopefully to make a signature comeback strong enough the finally get the statuette – and bring the right amount of weight and relatability to the story.

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Patel and Mara as Saroo and Lucy

In short, as sluggish and overrated as it felt to me, Lion certainly made a lasting impression on critics and moviegoers, receiving numerous accolades and a not-bad-at-all $126.8M at the box office. Definitely a film that adopting families can mirror in, the photography lives up to the hype and the script, direction and performances make it worth a watch if you want to be able to have an informed opinion prior to Hollywood’s biggest night.

Running time: 1h 58 minutes.

Country: United States.

Release date: November 25, 2016.

Box office: $126.8M

Grade: B

All images are taken from Google.

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