Lion ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐: So…is it just me, or is Dev Patel aging like…really well? (Dev, if you’re reading this, call me!) And not only is he almost as hot as my doctor, but he is also an Academy Award nominee…and rightfully so- his performance in Lion is unbelievable.
It’s raw. It’s emotional, thought provoking, graceful, real. You get so wrapped up in the story and the characters, that you forget where you are. The emotions are overwhelming. And to think that it is based on a true story makes it that much better.
It is quite reminiscent of Slumdog Millionaire, and not only because Dev Patel acts in both, or because both are largely set in India. The themes of children growing up in poverty, of trains, of child abuse, of flashbacks, of love, of brothers are also present in both films as well. Lion is Slumdog Millionaire’s older, wiser, more mature brother.
Please go see it.