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Review | Lion – Garth Davis

fdiff February 24, 2022 2 min read

Review | Lion

” Hold fast to dreams,

For if dreams die

Life is a broken-winged bird,

That cannot fly. “

Langston Hughes

 

The story of Lion is a strange melange of varied emotions. A lost boy finds a home away from home full of love and compassion for him. A feeling of cosmopolitanism asserted through Google Earth – an indication of how closely people are connected across the globe.  The experience of home and the world for a little kid who lost his way back home for no fault of his. A mother who never stopped dreaming that her child would return home one day. The child was oblivious of the very definition of home as Saroo was never quite uncomfortable in Tasmania. He even fell in love with a gorgeous lady. 

Lion is an adaptation of the autobiography of Saroo Brierly titled A Long Way Home. As believed by many, in the case of Saroo, the truth was actually stranger than fiction. 

However, the movie should not be mistaken as the story about the return of a son to his actual home. Lion is a movie about a man who had two homes. Places he could call his own, people he could love uninhibitedly. 

Garth Davis does a decent job as the director of the movie. The screenplay appears compact and adroit performances by Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara and Sunny Pawar makes Lion a must watch. 

Lion can be best described as the voyage of hope that was never lost. It found comfort somewhere yet it had to return somewhere else, somewhere his destiny could neither avoid nor abandon. Further, Lion also indicates that technology with all its nefarious possibilities could still do the unthinkable, bringing a son back to his mother, the one who lost him too early.

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