First off, I’m a cry-baby at the movies, but I’m also a harsh critic. I’m also a true film buff, cinephile and movie fan. (So far, this year, I’ve seen 82 movies. I’m just about to reach 300,000 points in my Regal Crown Club account, so you get the point. I love the movies!) Fortunately, I was able to attend a sneak preview of “Lion” last night. (I have connections, thanks to MHOTC! By the way, I often meet lots of friendly readers at sneak previews — always great conversations about how to save money.) “Lion” is one of the best films I have seen in years. (Yes, I cried. Shocker!) Based on the true story of Saroo Brierley, the film is about a young boy who gets lost in India and ends up being adopted by an Australian couple.
As a young adult, the memories remain painful and he continues to deeply miss his mother and older brother. And, thanks to Google Earth, Saroo starts on the journey of finding his way back home. (The storyline is not so simplistic. I’m not giving it proper justice. It’s more complicated and layered, but I don’t want to give all the plot points away.) For the official film trailer, click here.
Be warned, you will cry. I cried through most of the film, not because it was so sad or depressing necessarily — but because it’s full of sweet, tender and inspiring moments. (I suspect even “non-criers” will shed a tear or two. I actually overheard one elderly man admitting he cried, much to his own surprise.) The film reminds you how much family and home are important to who you are, whether you’re blood-related or not.
Don’t go see it because you don’t like to cry at the movies. I’m always taken aback, when people tell me they avoid movies that make them cry. I think it’s good to let go and experience sadness and tears of joy. “Lion” serves both ends of the spectrum well. (I’m not embarrassed to sniffle and dab my eyes with a tissue at the movies. Don’t be one of those people who pretends to have allergies or something in your eye — just cry! It can feel quite cathartic.) I left feeling inspired, joyous and reflective, as I hope others do, too.
It’s an excellent film on every level — acting, directing, cinematography, musical score and more. It’s just over two hours long (by one minute), but never drags and always engaging. If there’s ever a chance for an 8-year-old to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, this is it. All of the performances are great, including those by Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, but Sunny Pawar is the breakout star. He plays a young Saroo Brierley. (FYI – He was 6-years old, during filming — making his performance that much more amazing.) I dare anyone to look into those big, dark brown eyes and not feel a tug at their heart-strings.
As I stated before, I’m a very harsh critic. As a result, not many films make my “highly recommended list.” That’s why I felt compelled to share my experience here, in the hopes that more people will see the film. If you’re wondering, this is not a paid or sponsored post. I really, really did love the movie.
If you don’t go the movies often, you should treat yourself to this one. It’s well worth the price of admission. It’s even more special, if you share the experience with loved ones — especially mothers. (I was unable to confirm, when the film opens in Denver. I would assume in the next few weeks, given the sneak preview was last night.)
“Lion” roars with heart, determination and the importance of family. (Okay, I couldn’t resist using “roar”, so I just had to add one more line. How could you not? I trust I’m not the only one to think I’m clever by doing so.)
How often do you go to the movies? What’s the best movie you’ve seen this year? Do you have any Oscar predictions for Best Picture?
I look forward to our next chat. And, remember, there’s always a deal. You just need to look for it. :-)