Dersu Uzala (1975)

Dersu Uzala Movie Review

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Dersu Uzala Movie Review

Dersu Uzala is a 1975 Soviet-Japanese adventure biopic directed by Akira Kurosawa. It is a long, but pretty good film.

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How can man live in a box?

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Dersu Uzala Movie Review

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This is a co-production between Russia and Japan and I liked seeing these two great countries join forces and create this epic. Akira Kurosawa is a great director and he directed this film so well. His direction and the titular Asian character bring the Asian flavor to the film which revolves in Russian Far East with Russian actors. I really liked that mix.

The friendship that develops between a Russian man and this native is heartwarming and very strong. Their explorations of the harsh region are so great and it was very interesting seeing the various different conditions from fog to snow. This is very much a film about nature and the power of it and of course I admire movies that promote that.

The two main characters are very good and I really loved their friendship. The actors also gave such strong performances. But other characters are quite forgettable. The film deals with Dersu’s aging very well and in terms of the themes, it is a familiar, but well realized film.

Dersu Uzala looks absolutely magnificent. It sounds great thanks to excellent score and superb sound design, but the various natural landscapes are beautiful to witness and the film relies heavily on its very harsh and alienated atmosphere and setting to great effect. It is an old tale of man versus nature but well crafted nonetheless.

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The problem with Dersu Uzala is naturally its running time which is just way too long. Two hours would have been enough and I would cut those thirty minutes from it. Sometimes the film was slow and uninvolving and although it is a slow-burn, it still would have hugely benefited from stronger pacing and a shorter runtime. It got the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and I don’t mind its win as it is actually one of the better winners from the seventies.

Dersu Uzala is certainly overlong and it is quite a familiar tale, but well told with a strong friendship between its main characters, excellent direction and great atmosphere thanks to superb sound and wonderful cinematography. It is slow, but moving and it utilizes its interesting setting so well.

My Rating – 4

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Megan Leavey (2017)

Megan Leavey Movie Review

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Megan Leavey Movie Review

Megan Leavey is a 2017 war biopic starring Kate Mara. It is a pretty solid film that is typical in execution, but very sweet and inspirational.

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They’re not even dogs anymore.

They’re warriors, and they come back

with all the same issues we do

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Megan Leavey Movie Review

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It is based on the true story of Megan Leavey, a girl who went to Iraq where he went on missions with her dog Rex. Eventually, the two become war heroes, but she has to petition in order to adopt him and spend his final years together with him. Now this is a true story, but it was obviously made for a tearjerker movie and it shows.

The film is so straightforward and safe in its execution that it never could escape it. That was most certainly a problem. Every plot point was expected and the film never took any chances with the story and Hollywoodized it beyond repair.

Another big problem is the relationship between Megan and Rex. Eventually, the two bond and both are great characters and the ending was truly moving. I liked both of them and their relationship, but and this is a big but, I thought the emotion was not fully earned because the first half did not rely as much on Rex as it should have and the beginning of their relationship was immensely rushed.

I am criticizing Megan Leavey a lot, but I honestly liked it for what it is. It is a great movie for dog fans as it truly is inspirational and what I loved about it is how respectful and truthful it portrays the relationships between humans and dogs and how special those relationships can be.

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It was also very interesting to see dog workers, this time around in combat. It is a fascinating thing that dogs suffer from the same post-traumatic disorders as humans do which was emphasized here in their life after war. Very touching stuff and the film surely is emotional and sometimes very hard-hitting especially in the scenes with her terrible mother.

I liked Megan’s boyfriend, but I am glad he did not take too much of the movie. The war took a bit too much out of it and Rex should have been more present, but Megan herself is truly excellent which mostly stems from Kate Mara’s powerful, stupendous performance as she is the star of this movie for sure. It is a well made, engaging film, but definitely flawed in the end.

Megan Leavey is your typically straightforward biopic in terms of storytelling and some of the things felt rushed in execution, but it is a solid, engaging movie that is especially touching in its ending, hard-hitting in its drama and respectful in the portrayal of dogs and war veterans. It is a pleasant movie that is mostly worth seeing for Kate Mara’s stupendous performance.

My Rating – 3.5

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Gandhi (1982)

Gandhi Movie Review

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Gandhi Movie Review

Gandhi is a 1982 historical biographical film about India’s leader Mohandas Gandhi, it is directed by Richard Attenborough and it won Best Picture in 1983.

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The only devils in the world are those

running around in our own hearts,

and that is where all our battles ought to be fought

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Gandhi Movie Review

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This is the film that, like ‘Chariots of Fire’ the year before, won Best Picture and did not deserve that at all. This is the story that is of course important and always relevant, but the major problem I have with it is of course the extended running time. There is no need for 3 hours here and it highlights how the movies that win Oscars are usually very long which is super frustrating and needless. It starts off great but it quickly gets boring, repetitive and simply tiresome.

The character development is weak here, except for the main character understandably, not one of them stands out. And the direction and of course the editing and pacing are incredibly troublesome. As is the plot development and characterization.

But, why I think that, unlike ‘Chariots of Fire’, Gandhi is nonetheless not a mediocre movie? Well, largely of course due to incredible Ben Kingsley who is masterful in the role, he literally embodied and became the man. And all of the performances are good. I especially liked the character development of Gandhi in that he is not portrayed as a God-like figure, but a human with his troubles and problems and that is crucial to his character’s success along with of course Kingsley’s powerhouse performance. Also, the first act with about 40 minutes or so is absolutely excellent and very engaging and well done. It is interesting to watch and an incredible history lesson and an origin to the movement. It is unfortunate that it all went downhill afterwards when it clearly started off incredibly strong with a lot to offer. The movie turned out definitely disappointing because it had a lot of potential.

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The first act is very good and the character development of the lead character is superb along with a powerhouse performance from Ben Kingsley, but Gandhi nevertheless ends up being an incredibly disappointing and troublesome film because the editing and pacing are problematic due to unnecessarily long running time, the film is incredibly boring and tedious afterwards and it all just went downhill after the first half which is a real shame because it could have been a great film. It is all a solid and watchable fare, but very flawed and problematic nevertheless.

My Rating – 3

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The Last Emperor (1987)

The Last Emperor Movie Review

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The Last Emperor Movie Review

The Last Emperor is a 1987 biographical film directed by Bernardo Bertolucci and it won nine Academy Awards including Best Picture.

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This isn’t a school; it’s a prison. A real prison

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The Last Emperor Movie Review

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This is another 1980s Best Picture winner that not only did not deserve the honor, but it also is not a good film, rather a mediocre one. It is better than ‘Chariots of Fire’, but it is worse than ‘Gandhi’.  This is another not so much relevant story that spans decades and that is told in three hour long running time which is again totally unnecessary.

The characters are forgettable and the acting is literally nothing to write home about. But the tone and pacing is so slow and the movie is definitely incredibly boring and dreadfully uninteresting. I literally almost fell asleep watching it. Nothing ever happens, nothing interesting or mildly intriguing and that is why it was a total waste of time.

Granted, the technical aspects are solid here. The cinematography is good, but the production design is of course excellent and quite remarkable as is the costume design. However, the direction and of course the editing is pretty mediocre and does not stand out.

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This movie is not only overlong and tedious, but also too incredibly old-fashioned and dated in its approach which is just too casual and straightforward. There is no energy or investment shown here, not to mention that the character development is awfully weak and the emotions are not present at all. The message and point here also escaped me leaving me to the conclusion that this a cold, pointless movie without a doubt.

The Last Emperor has good production and costume design, but great technical aspects do not make movies good. The story is boring, the tone is tedious, the character development is literally non-existent, the emotional investment is definitely lacking, the running time is expectedly overblown, the direction and acting are nothing to write home about and the film lacks any message, point, emotion and energy in its execution whatsoever. It is again a testament to how bad Academy’s choices were in this decade leading to what is arguably an overrated, overlong and dreadfully uninteresting movie that is best to be forgotten.

My Rating – 3

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American Sniper (2014)

American Sniper Movie Review

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American Sniper Movie Review

American Sniper is a 2014 biographical war film directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper in the title role. The film was nominated for Best Picture and it is another one of those political, propaganda American films that are so overrated and unwatchable even.

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I need you… to be human again. I need you here

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American Sniper Movie Review

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The story follows Chris Kyle played by Cooper who is a sniper in the Iraq war and everything about the plot feels overly familiar and rehashed thousands and thousands of times. The story is also incredibly boring and not only overly patriotic and of course a propaganda piece, but it can literally make you fall asleep how boring and incredibly uninspired it is.

The characters are, along with the plot, forgettable. All of them are underdeveloped and pretty bland and typical. As for the acting, it is nothing to write home about and Cooper’s performance, while good, is very overrated to say the least. I do not see a point in nominating him three years in a row which is exactly what the Academy did in the period from 2012 to 2014 where in reality, all those three performances from this film, ‘American Hustle’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ are not that worthy of any nominations and especially awards. He is definitely a good actor, but not one of the greatest, that’s for sure.

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The direction here is also pretty uninspired as are the technical aspects. The editing is of course problematic because the movie lasts for too long and the movie never showcases any excitement, entertainment factor or originality and professionalism to it which is why I do not understand the praise it got. Well, I guess I do understand because Eastwood made it and Cooper is in it and it is patriotic so of course Americans were going to see it in droves regardless of its quality which just goes to show what an incredibly and even to the point of a sickness that nation’s patriotism level is. It really is disturbing.

American Sniper has a boring story that is uninspired and typical, forgettable characters and bland technical aspects, but it is also incredibly patriotic, way too tedious and clichéd and of course overrated in the worst way possible leading to a film that did not deserve any of its nominations and that is one of the most overrated films of the entire year.

My Rating – 2

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The Lost City of Z (2017)

The Lost City of Z Movie Review

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The Lost City of Z Movie Review

The Lost City of Z is a 2017 biographical adventure film starring Charlie Hunnam and directed by James Gray. It is a pretty good, but never great movie.

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To dream to seek the unknown.

To look for what is beautiful is its own reward.

A man’s reach should exceed his grasp,

or what’s a heaven for?

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It follows British explorer Percy Fawcett who goes to Bolivia to find the list city in the Amazon. I just love stuff like this and surely this is a classic, old-fashioned adventure flick that they haven’t made in quite a while. Sure, it sometimes tried too hard to be that classic 30s picture and it never came close, but the effort is still much appreciated.

It was somewhat slow, but deliberately so and I didn’t mind. I was immersed in the first half, but the second half lost me a bit with its WWI typical plotting. But the ending is still quite good. I wonder what happened to him in 1925 and it is weird that they had never found his body. This truly is a very interesting story and the fact that it really happened only further strengthens the appeal of the film.

Percy Fawcett was a very interesting, complex individual and I liked that he was portrayed as such here. The characterization, especially of his, is really stellar here. His wife has some great moments and I liked the exploration of that day’s sexism and of course his son is very good and so well played by always great Tom Holland.

But Charlie Hunnam’s performance isn’t the greatest. He is okay in the role, but a better actor would have done a better job. He needed more appeal, charisma and bravado for sure. I also found James Gray’s direction to be overly standard and not all that great for this material.

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But The Lost City of Z is so well made technically and seeing that it was filmed in locations outside was amazing, especially for this CGI-heavy era. It definitely led to a lot of authenticity to the picture. I loved those forests and I loved the film’s atmosphere and mystery. It is a very good film, but its obvious flaws prevent it from reaching much greater heights.

The Lost City of Z is so well shot with beautiful scenery, its real life story is so intriguing and the film succeeds as a biopic and as adventure thanks to strong characterization and a very good, classic approach to it, but the second half isn’t as immersive as the first one is thanks to some overly standard scenes and the direction and acting should have been better. It is a good film, but never as great as it could have been.

My Rating – 4

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Hidden Figures (2016)

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Hidden Figures Movie Review

Hidden Figures is a 2016 biopic starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae. It is a clichéd film in every way.

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Here at NASA we all pee the same color

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This is one of those movies that are so predictable not only in the actual execution, but also in the expected rating and quality. I knew I was going to give it a 3.5 and I ended up giving it that exact rating in the end. It is that kind of middling movie that is so familiar and such a shameless crowd pleaser, but still well acted, imporant and competently made. It is basically the ‘Bridge of Spies’ of 2016.
The three characters themselves are never properly developed, though the actresses playing them are certainly immensely likable in their roles. Octavia Spencer was nominated basically just for being a popular actress and everyone is talking about Janelle Monae and her role is also very slight and not the best. I do not understand that, but clearly Taraji P. Henson gave the best performance and her role was the biggest and best established. She should have been nominated.
This is obviously an important story. These three African American female mathematicians were hugely influential in NASA and it is certainly admirable that we finally see their stories. But although you have that importance factor and it is a charming, certainly extremely likable film, it is predictable from beginning to end and that hurt it a lot.
Hidden Figures is well acted, directed and shot. It is okay in its execution, although not the best. The script is solid and the movie can also be quite funny at times while constantly being likable in its characters. But the dialogue is so on the nose and lacking any subtlety whatsoever that it actually annoyed me hearing some of the more ridiculous lines spoken.

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I liked the glimpses into their personal lives and the issues were mostly well emphasized. But I would have liked to have seen more of the space stuff as I am a big fan of astronomy myself. But here we mostly only get boring mathematics and some of those scenes were done in the most obnoxious, arrogant manner possible which unpleasantly reminded me of ‘The Martian’.

But overall it is a solid film and although long, it is quite engaging and harmless. It did not deserve to be nominated for Best Picture at all in a very strong year and it is certainly the weakest nominee after the mediocre ‘Hell or High Water’.
Hidden Figures is an expectedly solid and clichéd film. It is very well acted with Taraji P. Henson actually being the highlight, the characters are very likable and this is definitely an important story, but it is told in the most predictable manner possible with not enough astronomy in it, overly annoying science scenes and a total lack of subtlety filled with many ridiculous lines.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Birth of a Nation (2016)

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The Birth of a Nation Movie Review

The Birth of a Nation is a 2016 historical drama film directed by Nate Parker and starring himself opposite Armie Hammer. It is a solid, but very troublesome movie.

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Praise the Lord!

Sing to him a new song!

Praise the Lord!

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It is based on the true story of Nat Turner, a slave who during the first half of the 19th century organized a rebellion in which around 50 white people were killed. The film is a troublesome experiment as it tries to do many things and it felt muddled in the aftermath. It wants to be a realistic historical drama with excessive violence, but it also wants to be artistic in its third act with some elements which are clearly fantastical in nature. It doesn’t really know what it wants to be and that unclear nature was evident from the beginning.

The characters are all very well realized and the acting is very good. Nate Parker was at first not great, but as the film progressed, his performance became better and better. Armie Hammer is also quite solid and everyone did a really good job in their roles. However, I’ve had the problem with this historical figure himself.

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Now obviously the film is controversial for its director, but this story is also controversial in and of itself. You have a black man who organized a riot and killed at least 50 white men, but that was understandable as he had no choice and some sort of rebellion had to occur, though it evidently led to nothing and just increased their suffering with more deaths of African Americans and even less rights. But where the man lost me personally was when he killed his “owner” Samuel Turner.

I liked the film for portraying some whites as good people and that they obviously did not like doing all of this torture, but had to because of the pressure of the society of the time. That is Samuel in a nutshell and he clearly was as good to Nat as a white man could be good during that time. And the fact that he still killed him first was baffling to me as he didn’t need to do that and all of them could have just left. I get the symbolism of a free slave, but he still committed that appalling murder of a man who wasn’t all that bad to begin with and that is why I didn’t connect with the protagonist at all.

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The Birth of a Nation also featured excessive violence in it. It was needed as that really happened, but they still could have made it differently as it turned out to be a movie about blacks versus whites and felt more primitive than sophisticated in my opinion as it had nothing to say and didn’t leave any messages or statements whatsoever. They just filmed it as it happened and that’s it. As for its third act, the ending itself is marvelous and so beautiful and well filmed, but I disliked the fantasy or spiritual elements as they felt out of place. I guess the film is technically polished and it does look good with a couple of awesome shots at the fields plus some great camera movements. But the directing isn’t the greatest, the film was a bit too long and it at times felt like a typical historical/slavery movie. It is solid and sometimes inspired, but sometimes very problematic.

The Birth of a Nation is a solid movie, but very troublesome in some areas. The film is very well shot and acted and it features such a beautiful ending, but that third act also featured some fantasy elements that felt out of place as the entire movie was realistic before that. It doesn’t know what it wants to be owing to unclear direction plus the violence, although needed, was still excessive. I really liked the movie in some parts, but in some I really disliked it as it turned into a primitive black versus white action movie and never really had anything meaningful to say about this rebellion. They just filmed it as it happened and they did that really well, but I wanted more from it and I didn’t connect with the protagonist at all and did not approve of some things that he did.

My Rating – 3.5

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Jackie (2016)

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Jackie Movie Review

Jackie is a 2016 biopic directed by Pablo Larrain and starring Natalie Portman. It is a solid, but inherently troublesome film.

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There comes a time in man’s search for meaning when he realises that there are no answers.

And when you come to the horrible and unavoidable realization,

you accept it or you kill yourself. Or you simply stop searching

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I liked that the film followed just the assassination of Kennedy and how Jackie dealt with it. That decision led to a much more focused and interesting film. And certainly more dramatic and emotional. Some scenes here are so good with the highlight being the entire third act which has some truly moving moments and even a couple of interesting things to say.

However, Jackie still suffers from the regular problems of these political biopics and that is of course its dishonest approach. The film is basically a glorified and even at times propagandistic and plain aggressive case for how great of a president and man he was when in reality he had a number of affairz with different women, but of course that fact was entirely omitted from this film.

And Jackie herself felt overly sympathetic which is where lies the movie’s biggest problem. Clever and truly great biographical films present their subjects as human beings, both admirable and flawed. Here however, she is basically a saint with no flaws whatsoever. That was so problematic. And all of the other characters are exactly the same, but unlike her, they are forgettable and do not impact the film’s plot at all.

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There is one superb thing in this film that nobody can deny and that is of course Natalie Portman’s performance which is simply astonishing. It is one of the best performances of the year and I honestly think that she should have won an Oscar for this film instead of ‘Black Swan’ as she is so much better here. She not only became this person and entirely sold her movements and her speech patterns, but she also sold those highly emotional scenes and was just a force to be reckoned with. She is the reason to see this otherwise so-so film.

Jackie’s Oscar-nominated costumes are certainly exquisite and the year’s best. The film is surprisingly well edited and involving for a political biographical piece. It succeeds as a historical picture as it transports you to its time period really well with a good eye for detail. It is very well made for sure and it features some pretty interesting conversations owing to a solid script and dialogue. It is a shame then that some other lines ring so false and propagandistic.

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Two of the biggest offenders here are the overabundant graphical details of the murder which were thoroughly unnecessary and the score which is simply horrible. How it was nominated for an Oscar I will never know. It is so aggressive, moody and dangerous that it suits the science fiction horror sensibilities and genre much more than a historical drama. Truly, the musical choice is so bad that it actually becomes distracting. But thankfully the film is well made in other technical areas. Overall, I liked Jackie to some extent and some scenes are even commendable in their dialogue, but the biased approach hurt it in the long run.

Jackie is a solid and sometimes even great, but obviously very flawed movie. The performance from Natalie Portman is truly inspired and she is simply phenomenal here, some conversations were quite interesting, the film is emotional and it is pretty involving which I did not expect, but the score is horrible, they almost entirely glorified her and it is so annoyingly biased and even propagandistic at times with a couple of lines that rang false.

My Rating – 3.5

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Lion (2016)

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Lion Movie Review

Lion is a 2016 drama film directed by Garth Davis and starring Dev Patel, Sunny Pawar and Nicole Kidman. It is one of the year’s best films.

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Every night I imagine that I’m walking those streets home

and I know every single step of the way, and I whisper in her ear – I’m here

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It follows a true story of an Indian boy from a small village who, while waiting for his brother on the street, boards a train and accidentally ends up in Calcutta. Eventually, he gets adopted by an Australian couple and he decides to search for his village and his mother with the help of Google Earth.

The story is so powerful, human and extremely emotional that I was blown away by it. The fact that it is real and that it did in fact happen only bolstered its power to me. Those final images of the real people were so moving to watch. This is one of the rare movies that made me cry and I almost never cry watching movies. That’s how powerful it is. But the reunion scene just made me tear up how wonderful and emotional it was. Truly one of the best scenes of any 2016 film.

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I loved the film’s structure. Some may say it is problematic that the second half is more dramatic and slower than the first one, but I liked that quite a bit. To me the second half is even stronger than the first one as I thought that his journey as a small child maybe could have been trimmed down a bit. But I still was fascinated watching it. He truly had a crazy, difficult life and following him from one city to another, encountering many bad people and terrible poverty and situations on the street was devastating to behold.

But I loved the second half. It featured excellent dialogue and it just phenomenally put into perspective the issue of adoption. When Kidman’s character makes that speech why she chose to adopt, well, that is probably where the movie shines the most in terms of sophistication and message. She tells us that having biological children is actually a very selfish decision as you bring a child to an overly populated planet when you can help a child that is already born and struggles in poverty and is parentless.

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The movie showcases how difficult and emotionally exhausting adoption can be which is here best exemplified in their second adopted son Mantosh who is very problematic as he has self-harm and anger issues. As Saroo states – by adopting them, she also adopted their previous, troubled and difficult histories. Yes, the movie truthfully showcases both the pros and cons of adoption, but it still ends it on a positive note, by telling us that it is still a beautiful, human thing to do and I was just inspired by that sentiment.

I loved the characters, so well realized and having read the interviews, it is evident that real Saroo and others are happy with this adaptation which is another proof of its greatness. It is faithful. He was great here, but I liked his girlfriend quite a bit too and their relationship was well developed. Everyone else was excellent, but the highlight is Sue naturally as she is such an inspirational person and a beautiful soul whom I respect a lot.

The acting in Lion is as great as the various accolades have been telling us. Rooney Mara and David Wenham are quite good, but Priyanka Bose was superb in the mother’s role. I dislike Dev Patel personally, but I couldn’t deny how superb he was here, delivering a very good, respectable performance.

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However, Sunny Pawar is so underappreciated here. He gave such an amazing performance for a child actor and he even stole the show from Dev Patel as he was more memorable in the first half. A very underrated child performance once again. But to me Nicole Kidman is easily the standout actress here. Wow, she was fantastic and she definitely delivered the year’s finest supporting performance. She was subtle when needed and emotional when the dialogue and the scene demanded. Her speech sequence is really something special.

Lion is also beautifully made. The cinematography here is absolutely stunning and is the year’s best looking and best shot movie. Whether in India or in Australia, it was beautiful to witness, but also realistic in its sequences. I loved that it didn’t shy away from Indian problems such as child sex trade and slavery, both presented here.

As for the direction, it is very good and especially great given that it is a directorial debut for Garth Davis. The film features a terrific script which is not only moving, but thematically rich and it features realism and a great message regarding adoption. It truly is an inspirational movie, but also a universal one as almost anyone can relate to the search for parents, coming from a poor area etc.

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I found the dialogue to be terrific as well with a couple of excellent lines and many thought-provoking discussions. The film is also very well edited which was quite an accomplishment having in mind its difficult to adapt structure. Lion was always riveting to me and never at all slow. It is almost perfectly made and I rarely say that. Really, there is nothing wrong with this movie, at least nothing comes to my mind right now when writing this review, though that may change upon second viewing. But for now, it is a great movie that deserved much more accolades than it got and it is quite possibly the best 2016 has to offer.

Emotional, smart, realistic and just so powerful, Lion is a masterpiece of a film. It features such terrific performances with Nicole Kidman being particularly outstanding, it is beautifully shot, so well edited and directed and it features excellent, thought-provoking dialogue and a great message. It showcases both the pros and cons of adoption, but that eventually it is a beautiful decision. Everyone can relate to this movie as Saroo’s journey is amazing and heartbreaking and it is all the more powerful having in mind that it really happened. It is one of the rare movies that made me cry and it is in my opinion the very best film of 2016.

My Rating – 5

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