There are still a few movies I have yet to see from 2016 (Moonlight, Silence, Jackie) but I am pretty confident that Lion is the best movie of the year.
Every year, my mother and I try to watch all the movies that have been nominated for Golden Globes, SAGs, and Academy Awards. Lion was on our list, so we decided to trek to Seattle to see it. I knew very little about the movie, other than the fact that Dev Patel (swoon) and Nicole Kidman were in it, so I basically went into it blind. My mother knew everything about it, had watched a documentary on it, and researched the story. So we had very different perspectives going in.
Only a few minutes into the movie, we both started crying and didn’t stop until after it was over. The noise coming from the whole audience was like a choreographed symphony of sniffles and sobs. At one point, I thought I might have to leave, unable to contain myself from going into the ugly cry.
Don’t let the fear of crying like a baby stop you from going to see this incredible film. It is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen A LOT of movies. Every single person who came out of the theater was praising it, while wiping away tears.
The entire cast is fantastic. Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman give career-best performances. Sunny Pawar, who plays young Saroo, will steal your heart. He had never been in or seen a Hollywood film before! The cinematography is gorgeous and the original score is one of my favorites of the year.
All around, this is a great film and definitely worth the ticket price! Remember to bring Kleenex!
You’ll like this movie if you liked: Room, Slumdog Millionaire, Australia