Wow, it’s been so long since I’ve done a review that I had to go back and look at the most recent one to see my formatting. Anyways, when things get hard we look to movies and fictional things to take us away, right? Or is that just what I did this weekend?
The movie Lion was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017 and Dev Patel was nominated for the position of Best Actor (to lose to Casey Affleck. Rip off). Being a film student I knew that it was nominated for the Oscar so we watched it based on that fact. We went in not knowing what was going to happen and what the movie was even about, but we were amazed.
As always read my spoiler warning before proceeding to read my review.
So at first, the plot was extremely confusing. I didn’t understand it much as first, but as the movie progressed I started to understand it better. It was definitely a slow build movie, but it’s worth the wait. It has the all-hope is lost moment, but not midway-to-75% of the way through the movie like most. The big moment of the movie was probably in the last 15 minutes of the movie, which was interesting. The entire time I was watching it I felt like I was still only in the first 30 minutes of the movie, that’s how slow action moves.
That’s not to say it wasn’t good. Usually, it’s not, but in Lion, it was very well used and appropriate because it’s a very heavy movie. What I mean by heavy is that it contains a lot of real world problems and stuff that you really might not want to pay attention to, but you’re forced to because Lost Children in India is the main point of the whole movie. You might not want to think about a child being lost and chased in India with no family – but you’re forced to cause that’s literally the whole first half of the movie, thus making it heavy and slow.
So most of the characters to me were pretty two-dimensional. The parents that adopt Saroo and his ‘brother’ aren’t very well developed, which is a bummer. (Also, the dad from the movie is also Harold Meechum from Iron Fist and he was really creepily insane in that movie) Saroo was a mildly complex character. When you see him as a kid he’s very regular but as an adult, he begins to get more complex because he’s very happy with his new family, but still wants to connect and find his old family at the same time.
A character I would have loved to see more of was Saroo’s adopted brother. Boy did he seem like a complex character – I would have loved to have seen more of him in the movie.
Tech specs (editing, cinematography, etc.)
This is a newly added section that I’m adding to my reviews – because this shit is important to me and probably is to at least one other person out there as well. It was great in technical aspects. The cinematography was astounding and there was a great variety of shots. Composition and lighting were great for the scenes they were paired with.
The editing is the whole reason why I decided to add this section. After every significant scene, they would fade to black before starting the new one, almost as if they were marking a new day. I don’t quite know how to feel about that. Fades aren’t commonly used in the sense that it goes to total darkness before a new scene comes up. I understand the usage of it, but stylistically and personally I probably wouldn’t use it.
WATCH THIS MOVIE. Seriously, everybody needs to watch this movie because they need to see what an actual movie looks like for once in their lives.