The Lion film was a biographical film directed by Davis into the drama industry. The film review has its basis on the non-fictional book ‘A long Way Home’ which was written by Luke Davies. This film has its setting on the Australian soils whereby live performances of Kidman and Patel being at the front phase of its marketability and promising profit margin. It occupies the dramatic space so authentically such that the realism and truth of the story can’t be recognized; it’s just an excellent and impressing film. I give thumbs up to Lion film based on its cinematography, screenwriting and its acting.
To start with, the lion film script is an interesting work; thumbs up to the screenwriter- Luke Davies. He has filled the film with total fluttering “Delighted, he spreads his arms wide. He moves through the butterflies-fluttering all round his head and shoulders. Suddenly, the 5-year old testing his powers roars SAROOOO!” This is so wonderful compared to the actual story thus it delivers a completely different feeling between the viewers and readers of the book. An Indian boy, five years old gets lost along the streets of Calcutta, long way from his family and home. He faces several challenges before getting adoption from a good-will couple and after 25 years he is capable of finding his original family. This displacement is the cause of the transition culture from childhood into adulthood; this film drives a feeling and perception to the senses of all viewers to the extent that they feel the effect caused by disconnection from original homeland and family (Frater & Patrick, 23-25). I was amazed by Dev Patel, who portrays all the similar personality to Saroo.
The second criterion revolves around cinematography. In the lion film, Greig Fraser is at the best of his film industry career. His extensions in the exceptional work are so much. I think his work is worthy and is responsible for the Oscar nominations always. His cinematography in “A Star Wars” in story made films is awesome. He is just a contender in cinematography. Pawar’s performance is also an award winning fight strived to contend possession. I greatly recognize and support the nomination of Dev Patel as the best actor from the lion film since he is a bit experienced compared to Pawar at his age. Fraser’s cinematography sterilizes the drama reality with a magnified imagination of the entire portrait. In his accidental journey to Calcutta which lands him into the Australian soil and he even doesn’t understand their language but he adapts quickly. This is not just a normal kid adventure; it’s unique. For the first 40 minutes, the play creates a sense of anxiety visualized by Greig that no one else can be able to.
Lastly, the whole film acting is just awesome. Despite of its dragging latter half, the Lion film is a triumph for Davis. In the real sense, it captures two totally different worlds capturing the two halves of Saroo’s life- at five years old age in India and after mature age of twenty-five. This setting is just more of engaging but you cannot help him so the only option is to feel sympathy for the young man. Charisma is deployed by Patel as he plays the role of Saroo as an adult, mainly reflective of his adoptive Tasmanian family where he grew up rather than his birth place. Kidman delivers the best in her film career as Sue, the biological mother to Saroo. Indian flashback triggers Saroo’s search leaving the film in limbo at the end of the second half.
Frater & Patrick (14 January 2015). “Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel to Roar in India-set Survival Tale ‘Lion'”. Pg 23-25