Finally saw Lion now that it’s being released this week streaming and on disk. Some people live extraordinary lives simply because of their life circumstances. That’s certainly true for Saroo Brierley, the real man Lion is based on. It’s hard to believe Saroo survived getting lost at such a young age. Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel play Saroo brilliantly 25 years apart. The strong story got lost a bit in the melodrama of the film. No doubt Lion is a tear-jerker of a movie. For my taste I would have enjoyed tighter editing and a little less drama as the elder Saroo falls apart trying to discover his roots. All that said, I enjoyed the film and understand how it worked its magic on so many. Family means many things to many people. Lion proved the pull can be strong, even overwhelming. 3.5 out of 5.

On a side note, I adore Nicole Kidman. Not sure if I ever mentioned that here on Reel Charlie. She always strikes the best notes for me.


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