Honestly i was expectin more from this movie, a lot more. The first part is very sensible, a raw emotion is felt from the very beginning. The cinematography is superb. Unfortunately the sec act is bad and doesn't know how to keep things on track. Mara is like a ghost here :( Sia's song also is "nah" and doesn't fit perfectly. 7/10.
I rarely cry when I watch movies but with this film I just couldn't hold back the tears. I loved the first half, it was raw and intense but also surprisingly touching. Unfortunately, the second half lost that special spark right until the last scenes, that's when I started crying like a baby. I liked the photography a lot and I think the actors gave really solid performances. Sunny Pawar in particular was phenomenal.
dev and that child actor were both amazing in this. this is a very powerful film about memory and feeling like a part of yourself is lost (and then finding that and redeeming yourself). i think the cynics that weren't swayed have not experienced that feeling. this could have been corny, oscar-bait, and I went in thinking this, but this was simply a good film if watch closely and let yourself believe (lol)
A small Indian boy Saroo is left on the platform by his brother, jumps on the standing train then ends up a thousand miles away lost in every way. He suffers many perils but winds up being adopted by an Australian family with Nicole Kidman as his new mother in Tasmania.
Can we at least be thankful this film has the decency to unfold chronologically? Accepting we might watch scenes without stars, not spoken in English... then it unfolds with inevitability, feelings yelled loudly despite a certain grace in the moving first half. Davis relies a tad heavily on montage, and maybe with space and silence his films will breathe. Of course I was terribly moved.
I don't want to give it 1 star, but at times...First of all, I get crossed with the idea that it's a real story, so therefore it is better than fiction.Quite the opposite, immediately there are things you know can't happen, which disappoints me.Good performances, specially Kidman, but the solution is always so close and the conflicts of his decision are poorly explored, it becomes a local folklore movie to watch.
the Mantosh's side story was bit botched. What was it for? to show how Saroo is a success material, yet insecure with his identity? or was it reminding him of guilt to his lost brother? Dev Patel's acting was passable, but can't really made a cohesive internal conflict (yeah, the long, panoramic, silent takes don't do that). I have to say, the best acting in this was Abhishek Bharate, as Guddu.
A subtle hand from director Garth Davis and a career-high performance from Dev Patel save this film from being just an okay film. With the exception of the incredibly emotional reunion scenes at the end of the film, the real engaging substance of the story is loaded into the first 45 minutes. As we progress through the later years of Saroo, the story seems to grab for secondary plot points that ultimately fall flat.