Star rating: 3/4
Starring: Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman
Directed by Garth Davis (Top of the Lake)
Written by Luke Davies (Candy, Life) based on the book “A Long Way Home” by Saroo Brierley
Lion is the movie to take your mother to see. It’s the movie to take your grandpa to see. Need to take your little cousin out for some quality bonding time? Go see Lion. Some critics have described it as the “feel-good movie of the year” but I prefer calling it “a very good movie that you can actually see with other members of your family.” Good thing I saw it alone, a theater full of 60 year-old couples, who I could hear sobbing behind me during the movie. Not a Manchester-by-the-Sea-level of sobbing, but tears of happiness. Lion has a heartwarming ending.
If you are like me, then you have no idea what Lion is about. You saw it was nominated for some Golden Globes, but what does that even mean? I’m going to do you a favor and not tell you what Lion is about. The movie walks a very thin line between being real and being a cheese fest. The less you know about the movie, the realer and less cheesy it seems. I promise. Just go see it. Dev Patel is brilliant and his chemistry with Rooney Mara is so real you forget it’s acting. And while Nicole Kidman does a lovely job, I think the real scene stealer was Sunny Pawar. Lion may have been his first movie, and he may be like eight years old, but the kid has talent. He carried all of his scenes with maturity and adorableness.
So when you go see the movie, because you listen to all of my recommendations, make sure to stay until the end. Real footage of the Saroo and his family is played during the credits and made my heart SOAR. This movie is wonderful.