2017 Oscar Special movie review: Lion

Nicole Kidman as Sue Brierley totally did?justice to the role of a mother of adopted kids. Source: Wikimedia commons. Photograph:( Others )

WION New Delhi Feb 24, 2017, 10.24 AM (IST)

Lion is a drama starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman. Garth Davis makes his debut directing a feature film. Lion received six Oscar nominations for the 2017 Academy Awards .

Storyline: (3/5)
Lion is based on Saroo Brierley’s autobiography, A long Way Home, the 26-year-long journey of a boy who lost his way back home as a mere five year old kid. The story gives you goose bumps, takes you through an emotional journey and culminates in a myriad of difficult to articulate feelings.

The movie has rightly been nominated in the Best Adapted Screenplay category. 

Direction: (4/5)
Looking at directorial excellence exhibited in this film, It is hard to believe that Garth Davis never directed a feature before. From bringing out the emotions of a child to anxiety of an adult in search of his past, every element catches the eye.

Whenever a non-Indian director depicts India, he brings out the view from the eyes of a foreigner. Somehow, that view is so close to the reality that the audience is pulled into the film as a part of it. Garth Davis’ Lion does it all over again.

Acting: (5/5)
Dev Patel as a tech savvy youth recalls the series The Newsroom, but his acting is far more mature, substantial and gripping. Nicole Kidman as Sue Brierley totally did justice to the role of a mother of adopted kids.

Sunny Pawar is the young star to watch for. The innocence of childhood, the street smartness of a five-year-old, and the pain of separation are all so well portrayed by this prodigy.

Entertainment: (5/5)
As an emotional drama that brings out tears, sympathy, excitement and joy, this movie is a high on entertainment quotient. 

Overall Rating: (4.5/5)
Lion deserves to be seen in a theatre or on a 52 inch plasma TV. Be prepared with a box of tissues if overwhelming emotions turn you dewy-eyed and watch out for this one during the Oscars.