Lion (2016)

Reviewed
Tue. 2/28/17
Lion (2016)
5
Acting
5
5/5
Morality
5
5/5
Music
5
5/5
Story
5
5/5
Visuals
5
5/5
Kernel Factor
5
5/5
This is the movie of the year. Storytelling at its finest
Reviewed By: Steven Siwek
Viewing Environment:
Theater
Viewing Crew:
Significant Other
Times Watched:
2
Genre:
Drama
Payment Method:
Rental/Redbox
Review:

This is one of my top 10 favorite movies of all time. Seriously. To me, a film is meant to stir you so much that you live and think differently as a result. That's a high calling for every film to achieve and not very realistic, but it's something I hope happens at least once or twice a year. Although the film doesn't intend to do this, it helped me see Jesus. I saw Him in the adoption story, I saw Him in finding one's identity, I saw Him in our pursuit of love and belonging. The themes were so strong and yet they played out naturally. The acting is so good that you think you are literally in the story. It's hard to truly judge this film because of how gripping it is. The film never stops delivering powerful messages throughout. Deserves every award it gets, including my first ever 5-kernel :). **I rewatched this film in May 2017 (3 months later) at home with family and it didn't deliver as perfectly as the first time. The beginning was slower than I had remembered, but it was still just as gripping. Watching at home and with others (especially non-movie afficionados) can definitely have a negative affect on movie scores. Don't let it disuade you from watching this beautiful piece.

Acting
I am blown away by the acting throughout the film. The young boy, Saroo, is so ridiculously good in his role. He leaves you speechless that a child can act this well with so much inner emotion. Dev picks it up from there so well and brings the remainder of the film to a beautiful conclusion. 
Morality
There are scenes of implied intimacy (outside of marriage), but it is done as a way to find escape and it certainly isn't glorified. The pursuit is so deep and the adoption is so real and meaningful. Wow.
Music
So rich and meaningful. I love it!
Story
This is the story I have been waiting for. A true story that also inspires us to action to help a very particular suffering in the world. Yes!
Visuals
Gorgeous! Tasmania and India shine through in their beauty and reality of struggles. You feel like you are in every scene.
Kernel Factor
This film is so gripping that it became hard to even review it - I was utterly enthralled. 

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