Sunday, February 5, 2017

Lion will break your heart and then warm it

Movie Title:    Lion

Grade:  A-

Rating:   PG-13

In a Nutshell:  Adapted from the book A Long Way Home: A Memoir , this inspiring true story will break your heart and then warm it.  

Most people missed this film when it came to theaters (including me), but now that it has received 6 Academy Award nominations, everyone is talking about it (including me)!

Uplifting theme: 
  • What incredibly selfless love people give when they adopt children, especially the street children from poor countries.  Over 80,000 children go missing in India each year.  You can learn more about the movement that has started because of this movie at
  • Determination, love, courage, home, family, blood, bonds, heritage, adoption

Things I liked:
  • Beautiful cinematography.  Greig Fraser (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Zero Dark Thirty) uses a child’s perspective to film surrounding areas and provide a sense of wonder.
  • Three cheers for Google Earth!
  • The love of Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John (David Wenham) for their adopted children was so sweet.  I got teary eyed almost every time Sue was with her sons.
  • You don’t learn the touching reason why the movie is called Lion until the very end of the movie.
  • Dev Patel plays the grown-up Saroo with the absolutely adorable Sunny Pawar playing the young Saroo.
  • What makes the movie even more powerful is knowing that it’s a true story.  You get to see real footage of when Sue meets Saroo’s biological mother just three years ago in 2014.
  • As an instructor at Le Cordon Bleu Culinary College, I thought it was fascinating that it was food that suddenly brought memories back to Saroo about his childhood.
  • I enjoyed learning more about India and its culture. We also get to visit Australia in the movie.

Things I didn’t like:
  • SPOILER:  It made me so sad that no one would help Saroo in the train station.  Poor thing.  I just wanted to hug him tightly and give him something to eat.
  • The beginning and end were really great, but it starts to drag in the middle when Saroo grows up and gets depressed and mopey before taking action.
  • Some of the editing was choppy.
  • When you first see Nicole Kidman in that wig, you think, “What the heck?”, but then, when you see the real Sue at the end of the movie, you think, “Oh, Ok.”

Interesting lines:
  • “You weren’t just adopting us, but our past as well.” – Saroo
  • ‘I really hope she’s there.  She needs to see how beautiful you are.” – Sue 
Tips for parents: 
  • There are subtitles in the first half of the movie and again in the end.
  • Pre-marital relations.
  • Your children will see some extreme poverty and, hopefully, be grateful for what they have.

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