Lion is a true story about Saroo, a five-year-old Indian who got left in a train station by a brother by accident and got taken hundreds of miles across India. He reached Calcutta where he has to learn how to survive and eventually brought to an orphanage and adopted by an Australian couple.
After more than two decades and armed only with a few memories and with the help of Google Maps, he sets out to India to find his long lost family and finally returns to his first home and meet his mother and sister. Unfortunately the brother who accidentally left him on the train station died days after the incident.
The plot is easy to follow, clear with no gaping holes. The storytelling is straight forward and safe with no subplots that sometimes make a movie complicated and hard to follow. The story is very distressing but ultimately uplifting especially towards the end.
There are no special effects like most summer blockbusters but the cinematography showing the Indian landscape both good and not so good is amazing. What it lacked in special effects is compensated by the storytelling and cinematography. It is emotionally charged and well acted especially Dev Patel’s portrayal of the adult Saroo.
Overall it is a great movie and worth the Oscar nomination for best picture. It is a drama and emotionally charged but not overly dramatic; with great acting performances.
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