The film which is based on the true story is not a new thing. Many movies have the theme of the person’s life story. Most of them are adopted from the novels. Lion Movie is also a drama film made from a true story novel. It tells about a life journey of Saroo. He looks for his mother who was apart since he was the child. Saroo was adopted by a Tasmanian Family in Australia. Besides, his real family lives in India.
This film is starred by the famous actor and actress. For instance, Dev Patel serves as Saroo. Furthermore, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, and David Wenham also take part in this film. Lion movie is presented for the first time in Toronto International Film Festival. Indeed, this film gets extraordinary appreciation from the audience. So, are curious about how great this film is? Let’s check out the Lion Movie review below.
Synopsis of Lion Movie
Lion is not a film with a complicated plot. The story is told straightforward. But, you will find many flashback stories. So, you will not get confused watching this movie. The most interesting part of this film is the narrative. The story is very touching. Many scenes make the audience cry and smile. This touching moment is supported by the acting skill of all the actors and actress. They act emotionally. You will be touched with the acting of Saroo and Guddu. They can show how close their relationship with the brothers.
Guddu has to work to help his mother and his family. Then, Saroo sometimes insists to help him. They do everything to earn money. As the example, they work as the porter. So, they help the passengers of the train to bring their luggage. They even sell the coal stolen from the train. These brothers love each other and no one can separate them. You will be very upset seeing them separated on their childhood. In contrast, Saroo and Mantosh do not have a good relationship. Mantosh is stubborn. Besides, Saroo is a kind boy. You will find in several scenes on which Saroo quarrel with Mantosh.
When Saroo is adult, there is a scene when he visits his friend’s house. There, he finds a Jalebi, the Indian’s sweet. At this time, he recalls his childhood memory. That is why he decides to search his mother. But, in this scene, many audiences will interpret that Saroo has forgotten his childhood. Besides, he also does not remember his mother. Even Saroo now lives in the beautiful place in Australia, he never forgets his hometown in India. Compared to Australia, Saroo’s hometown is not beautiful. This film takes the setting in India on 80’s, exactly in Khandwa. It is the place where Saroo was born. This town is very dirty and remote.
Then, Saroo is eager to find his hometown. One of his friends suggests him to use Google Earth. The most interesting part of this movie is the process of searching the hometown and his family. It is because the scene is very different from other films. In Lion Movie, there are many scenes showing Saroo who is staring at his laptop. Besides, the scene also shows the actual location in Saroo’s mind. This way, the audience will feel that Saroo is at that location. This searching process is very challenging. It is so since that the town that Saroo is searching is not available on the map. Furthermore, there is the difference between Hindi and Bengali language. So, Saroo is getting difficult to ask the people there.
Relying on his childhood memory and the use of Google Earth, Saroo can find his hometown. Finally, he can find his mother. The most touching moment and scene are when Saroo goes back to his hometown. You will cry and smile watching how happy Saroo is when he can find his family. Scene by scene in this Lion Movie teaches us that family is a precious thing. We can feel how upset Saroo is when he is apart with his family. So, by watching Lion movie, we can love our family more than before. Besides, Lion Movie also gives the proof that technology can be the solution to our problem. When everything seems impossible, we can make it come true. Without a doubt, Lion is the interesting movie to watch with our family.
All You Need to Know about the Details of Lion Movie.
Lion is starred by the great actors and actresses. The director is also a great person. No doubt, they can cooperate to make a great film too. Listed below is some information you need to know related to Lion. As the example, we will further discuss the cast, director, writer, and genre.
- Director: Garth Davis
Directed by Garth Davis, Lion can be a successful movie. It is because the Director can make this film as like a real scene. He can make the scene which leads the audience to be touched.
Many famous actors and actresses take part in this movie. Listed below are the casts of Lion Movie.
- Dev Patel as Saroo Brierley (adult).
- Sunny Pawar as Saroo Brierley (young).
- Rooney Mara plays as Lucy. She is Saroo’s girlfriend.
- David Wenham serves as John Brierley. He is Saroo’s adoptive father.
- Nicole Kidman plays as Sue Brierley. She is Saroo’s adoptive mother.
- Abhishek Bharat plays as Guddu Khan. He is Saroo’s biological brother.
- Divian Ladwa plays as Mantosh Brierley. He is Saroo’s adoptive brother.
- Keshav Jadhav plays as Mantosh (young).
- Priyanka Bose plays as Kamla Munshi. She is Saroo’s biological mother.
- Deepti Naval plays as Saroj Sood. He is the founder of ISSA or Indian Society for Sponsorship and Adoption.
- Tannishtha Chatterjee acts as Noor.
- Nawazuddin Siddiqui acts as Rama.
- Benjamin Rigby acts as Waiter.
- Riddhi Sen acts as Café Man. He brings Saroo to the authorities.
- Kaushik Sen acts as Police Officer.
- Rita Boy acts as Amita. She is Saroo’s friend when he is at the orphanage.
- Pallavi Sharda plays as Prama. She is Saroo’s college friend.
- Sachin Joab plays as Bharat. She is Saroo’s college friend.
- Arka Das acts as Sami. He is Saroo’s college friend.
- Emilie Cocquerel plays as Annika. She is Saroo’s college friend.
Lion Movie consists of two halves. The first half tells about the Saroo’s childhood in India. Besides, the second half of this film tells about the struggle of adult Saroo to find his family after being adopted by the Australian family.
- Writer: Saroo Brierley, Larry Buttrose, Luke Davies
As stated before, Lion is a true story movie. It is made based on a book with the title A Long Way Home. This book is the autobiography of its writer Saroo Brierley. No doubt, the story seems to be real. It is because the story is written by the one who experiences it.
- Genre: Drama.
We may be bored with the film which has the love theme. But, Lion is different. It does not tell about the drama of a couple. Lion Movie tells about the strong relationship in a family. Besides, it tells how hard the life is when we are apart from our family. Indeed, Lion Movie is not a usual drama. There will be many emotional scenes which drop your tears.
- Running time: Lion movie lasts 1 hour 59 minutes or almost 2 hours.
- Rate: PG-13.
Even Lion movie is the suitable film for the family, you should not allow the children to watch it alone. The parents should accompany them to watch this film. It is because Lion movie has a sex scene and profanity. So, the parents have to assist their children.
Many artists and musicians team up to compose the soundtrack of Lion Movie. For instance, Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran compose the score of Lion Movie. Besides, Sia also takes part in writing the song entitled Never Give Up. Moreover, she also sings the song entitled The Sun, the Sand, and the Sea. This song is written by Jimmy Radcliffe. Furthermore, another song in Lion Movie is Urvasi Urvasi which is composed by AR Rahman, the Tamil composer. In addition, Lion Movie also includes the songs from other artists. As the example, it includes Hercules and Love Affair’s song entitled Blind. Also, you can listen to Mondo Rock’s song entitled State of the Hearth. The last, this film also uses The Rivers of Belief from Enigma as a soundtrack.
Lion Movie is screened for the first time at Toronto International Film festival. It has the world premiere on September, 10th 2016. Besides, it also becomes the opening film at Zurich Film Festival. Furthermore, Lion Movie also takes part in London Film Festival. Moreover, this movie is also screened at Hamptons International Film festival. Then, Lion Movie is officially released on November, 25th 2016 in the USA. Besides, in Australia, this film is released on January, 19th 2017. Then, in the UK, Lion Movie is released on January 20th, 2017.
- Box office.
Lion Movie can earn $50 million in the US as well as in Canada. Besides, in the worldwide, this film grosses totally 4140.1 million. Besides, the budget for making this fil is only $12 million. We can count how much the profit is. With this achievement, No doubt, Lion Movie can achieve some awards. For instance, it becomes the fifth nominee at Academy Award in the category Best Picture. Besides, it also becomes the sixth highest film grossing at Australia.
The Plot of Lion Movie
Reviewing this plot, you will be able to understand how this film is going. We try to explain it clearly so that you can know the details of the story of Lion Movie. In the first part of this movie, the director shows the audience about the childhood of Saroo in a remote area in India. This main character and his family live in a poor village in India. Saroo lives happily with his mother and brother, Guddu. They earn money by doing the casual work which they can find in the hometown. Then, Saroo follows his brother to the railway station. Unfortunately, Saroo boards on a train which brought him to another city. This city is full of the stranger that speak using the different language.
Then, the second half of this movie has the more complicated plot. Saroo now has grown as the manhood. The next, He is adopted by an Australian Couple. Besides, this couple also has another adopted son named Mantosh. Unfortunately, Mantosh has a mental health problem. Then, Saroo goes to Melbourne. He continues studying hotel management. In this campus, Saroo falls in love with Lucy from America.
The happy life in Australia does not make Saroo stop thinking about his real family. The memory of his childhood always haunts him. Then, his friend suggests him to use the technology to find his family. Then, he can return to his lovely hometown. By using the Google Earth, Saroo tries to search his village. Now, Saroo starts his journey. Unfortunately, it is not an easy process. This big effort takes the emotional toll not only for him. But, it also affects his relationship with Lucy as well as his adoptive parents.
Then, Saroo spends his time to search his hometown. On the evening, he scans the Google Earth. At this time, he finds the formation of rock in which his mother usually works. Luckily, he can find the place where he lived when he was the child. Saroo can find Khandwa District. The next, he tells what he finally finds to his adoptive mother. Saroo’s adoptive mother supports him a lot. She permits Saroo to return to his hometown in order to meet his family.
After that, Saroo goes back to his hometown in India. A Local English speaker helps him to find his family. At this scene, the audience will cry for the touching moment when Saroo has the emotional reunion with his mother and sister. Then, Saroo knows that his brother, Guddu is dead. The train hit him on the same day when they are separated at the railway station. Then, from this scene, we can learn that the hope can be true. It is because Saroo’s mother believes that someday her son will return. So, she never moves from this village. This is the end of Lion Movie story.
Perhaps, you may curious about the reason for the word Lion to be the title of this movie. It is because there is no scene about the lion. The title of this movie is from the meaning of Saroo name. In fact, the correct pronunciation of Saroo is Sheru. Then, Sheru means Lion. The end of this film shows the caption of the real Saroo who returned to India in 2012. Besides, the end of Lion Movie shows the picture of the Saroo’s adoptive family in Australia.
Positive and Negative Review of Lion Movie.
After watching this film, we will have both positive and negative opinion about Lion Movie. In short, we can present the review as the following.
- Positive review
- The Director:
Mr. Davis as the director can convey the Saroo’s situation well. Helped by the great screenwriter, the audience will be able to understand scene by scene easily. The director uses the minimal dialog on this film. But, the acting of all of the actors and the actress can express the story very well.
- The acting of the cast:
The acting of young Saroo is also very natural. Even he is still small, he is very smart. He can be a hero on his life adventure. The acting of Patel as Adult Saroo is also great. No doubt, he can be the nominee as the best supporting actor at Oscar. Besides, we also cannot underestimate the acting of Nicole Kidman as the adoptive mother. That is why Nicole Kidman becomes the nominee of the best-supporting actress. Her acting can bring the spirit as the adoptive mother.
The role of the music is also very crucial to build the emotional feeling of tLion Movie. The background music, as well as the soundtrack, add the value of this film. The touching piano music can wreck the audience.
The cinematography of Lion Movie is very good. It can portray the Indian honestly as the poor and beautiful country. This film can shows the setting of the story honestly. Every moment faced by Saroo seems very true. The story is also very authentic. No doubt, Lion Movie can impress many audiences throughout the world.
- Negative Review.
It is difficult to find the weakness of Lion movie. This film is almost perfect. We may not realize the weakness since we enjoy the plot, story, dialog, acting, and the cinematography. But, when you watch this film, you may feel that this film is divided into two parts. Some of the audiences may think that the movie is over in the first half of the story. But, it is too dramatic to say that the second half is not as interesting as the first part. Besides, another critic says that the plot of this film runs too slowly. The story cannot achieve the climax. So, the audiences may get bored to wait for the ending of this movie.
However, even Lion movie has the slow plot at the second half part, this film really deserves to watch. Since it is based on the true story, it has the very dramatic moment in every scene. The acting of all the actors can squeeze out the audience’s emotion. Besides, this movie can bring you to Saroo’s life journey. You may feel that you experience what Saroo’s feel.
Why Must We Watch Lion Movie
Today, we may be difficult to find the movie which has the family and love theme. There are many drama movies out there. But, the story taken by this film is very unique and inspirational. It is because Lion Movie teaches us the importance of our family. Then, its well-plotted story teaches us how hard the life is when we are apart with the beloved family. Even Saroo lives happily with his new adoptive family, he can never forget his beloved mother, brother, and sister.
Moreover, Lion Movie shows us how technology can be the solution to our problem. The world changes a lot since the existence of the technology. It changes the impossible thing becomes possible. If we believe children reaching the certain thing, we have to struggle hard to achieve it. Then, our belief will help us to make it come true. During this film, we can see that how the Saroo’s struggle to find his real family. Besides, we will also be touched with the support of his adoptive mother.
Before watching this film, you have to prepare some tissues. It is because you may be crying along this film. No doubt, Lion Movie is one of the tearjerking movies. You will feel how sad when we cannot live with our birth family. Then, you will also be amazed and touched with the Saroo’s journey across the continent. Only having a few clues about his hometown, Saroo can find the place where he lived during his childhood. We will learn that the strong intention will lead us to the success.
After you watch this movie, you may change your perspective on life. You may not aware that family is the most valuable thing you have. No matter the situation and the condition, the family remains family. Nothing can replace the relationship among father, mother, and their children. Then, this film also teaches you that family is not only the blood connection. You can see how the Australian Couple, John and Sue, love Saroo and Mantosh very much. Sue even does not forbid Saroo when he wants to find his birth family. Sue support Saroo to search his mother and return to his hometown. We can say that Lion is the amazing movie. You will feel that family is home and family is the last place we return.