Updated: Jul 5, 2018
“Do you have any idea what it's like knowing my real brother and mother spending every day of their lives looking for me? Huh? How every day my real brother screams my name? -Saroo Brierley, Lion
Okay. A couple tears came down. But, how could they not!
As a five-year-old, Saroo (Sunny Pawar/Dav Patel), gets lost on a train that takes him across India. Saroo doesn’t know the place he came from, his mother’s name, or how to speak the language of the city he finds himself in. He soon finds himself in an orphanage and is soon adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, with the introduction of Google Earth, he begins to look for his way back home.
This film, the story, the score, the acting(Nicole Kidman earned that nomination), it all just makes for, what I'm proud to call, an instant favorite movie.
I usually judge the quality of the score of a film by if it makes me want to pick up my violin and learn to play the music. The score by Dustin O’Halloran and Hauschka is so moving that from the first second of the movie you know you are in for a well-told story. Though the same musical theme is often repetitive throughout, each time it is revisited it comes back with a new meaning, a new emotion, a slightly different rhythm in the background. I saw for the first time about a week ago, and I had to see it again before it left theaters, to see the story but feel the music.
To know that this is also based on real life events and know the additional details at the end of the movie made it more heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. Sunny Pawar, as the young Saroo, brought such innocence to a tragic story that made the smallest events even more catastrophic. The reoccurring projected memory of his older brother, Guddu(Abhishek Bharate), and the memories of his mothers helped ground him once he was older and watchers as they observed his struggle back to them.
And, can we PLEASE just for a second, focus on the scene with Nicole Kidman who played Sue Brierley, and she talked about her vision of little brown boy. Just that whole interaction with her and Dav Patel as the Older Saroo was fantastic, but her monologue with her staring out the window was so moving. It makes the hairs on the back of neck stand up.
When Saroo was older and began the search, I feel like it could’ve been condensed down to a shorter time. It is the only time in the whole movie where my mind began to drift because it felt as if I had started to watch the same scene over again.
But, that’s it. It truly was an Oscar’s Best Picture contender. It was practically all I could ask for from a movie, and that’s why it jumped it's way to being one of my top films.
FLOOR OR DOOR?
Should it have been left on the cutting room floor or should you be running out the door to see it?
I’m running out the door to see it again because my house is flooding with my tears of joy! In fact it's a platinum door-- a instant top ten favorite.