Lion Review #OscarWatch2017


I return having watched another Oscar nominated movie. That means I have watched four so far, and I’m halfway through Jackie, so y’all will hear about that soon as well. This next movie is Lion, the real tale of an Indian boy who ends up lost miles from home in Calcutta. The 5 year old Sheru (Sunny pawar) ends up adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) and grows up as their child. 25 years later Sheru (now Dev Patel) is reminded of the life he once had and works to find his way back home. This movie is nominated for best picture and Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman are both nominated for their supporting roles.

Now for my initial opinion. This movie isn’t bad. It’s not. But I do believe I got a movie different than the one I was pitched. It’s not like I got a romantic comedy when I thought it was a thriller, but I was made to believe this was Dev Patel’s movie. I thought it would be Patel somehow reminded of his past in pieces and he’d slowly put together the past that his young mind chose to repress and then using modern technology he finds his way home. In reality this is Sunny Pawar’s story. We see directly what happened to him, and I wasn’t fond of that choice. I feel like telling the story chronically made for a big boring part that’s after young Sheru but before the ending when everything get awwwwww-worthy. To be honest, once Sunny Pawar was gone I kinda wanted to just stop watching. I gave zero shits about Dev Patel. And I gave -4 shits about his parents. Literally once Pawar got adopted I was done. Interest lost. However, I did like seeing young Sheru’s story. It was interesting and mind-boggling what he had to go through. This five year old kid just traveled throughout India. He didn’t break down in tears and cry for his mother. He just went on. That’s one badass little kid. But then the kid has the easy life and the story is more or less over. This leads into my thoughts on this movie in relation to the Oscars. I don’t think it’s a surprise that I don’t think this’ll win best picture, nor should it. There are so many better movies nominated that this movie has little chance. And as for Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, I wouldn’t vote for them. I mean, Dev Patel wasn’t terrible and since his performance is the first I’ve seen from any of those nominated for best actor in a supporting role I can’t judge him as much as I will Nicole Kidman. Michelle Williams definitely beats her. I just really didn’t care for the second part of that movie. And at least I felt a little something for Michelle Williams. I liked her character. For Kidman I felt nothing. In conclusion, this movie was a disappointment. The trailer made me believe it was more interesting than it was, though I guess that’s what trailers are meant to do. This movie is at the bottom of my Oscar movie list thus far, and I do hope it doesn’t get any worse than this.

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