Coming Home: A Lion review.

Directed by: Garth Davis.

Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawa.

Now we are well into award season, we are also ankle deep in films to watch that are filling up the various nomination lists, amongst them is this debut offering from Garth Davis.

Saroo lives in his mother, brother & sister in small village in India. When out one day with his brother Guddu, they become separated and young Saroo finds himself trying to get by in a strange city far away from his family before he is ultimately adopted by an Australian couple. 20 years later, an adult Saroo endeavours to locate his family using a new technology called Google Earth.

I have to say, Lion was an absolute delight. This true story was engaging and well executed from start to finish, furnished by a top notch cast, in particular wonderfully sweet & animated newcomer Sunny Pawa, Nicole Kidman and a career best performance from the excellent Dev Patel. When portraying a true story, particularly one so sensitive, a certain degree of care has to be taken to its approach and that certainly comes across in Lion. It feels like a true work of humility and wanting to give a worthy story the upmost respect cinematically that it deserves and this certainly comes across in its execution.

I’m sure there are a lot of films people are going to want to catch up on this awards season and a fair few that will unfortunately slip through the cracks, do not allow Lion to be one of those films that you miss out on. It is a incredible story executed well and is most certainly worthy of your time.


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