​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

#35 LION (2016)






#35 is another 2016 Best Picture nominee, Lion, and another true story. Five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar, just wonderful) gets lost and ends up on a train that takes him from his home, travelling thousand of miles across India to Calcutta. He ends up living in peril on the streets there and in an orphanage (not much better) until an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) adopt him and take him back to their home. Many years later, Saroo is now played by an adult Dev Patel, whose long-ago memories of his mother and brother are jogged by a once-familiar local Indian food he has at a party. It kindles a desire to find his mother and brother somehow, using Google Earth and researching the average speeds of Indian trains at the time of his accidental travel. He kicks everyone in his life aside (including girlfriend Rooney Mara) aside, quits his job, won't tell his adoptive mother Kidman what he is doing so as not to hurt her, and is just totally obsessed with his quest. Lion is almost two movies, showing Saroo's journey as a young child and then the grown-up Saroo's journey back to India. Patel, Pawar and especially Kidman are really good here (this might be her best work in years) and there is no doubt you will need several handfuls of tissues at the end of Lion. It's a good pic, the kind of movie greatly benefited by a Best Picture nomination, but not a great pic. Still worth your time no doubt.

TLA one-word review: inspirational