Lion is a movie about a young boy in India being lost and separated from his family, and eventually finding his way back. This is based on a true story, and according to some of the people in ‘real’ life the movie is very accurate. Saroo, the main character, is abandoned and climbs onto a train when his older brother Guduu is working at night. Saroo is driven thousands of miles away, before he finally manages to get off. Saroo escapes from attempted kidnappings, fights, et cetera before he is rescued by an orphanage. The orphanage sends him to a rich Australian family, where the movie then skips 20 yards forward. From there, Lion describes Saroo’s late college years, and how he is determined to find his family with Google Earth. I won’t spoil the end :).
Lion as a story is very enthralling but as a movie it fails in some areas. The skip between Saroo’s childhood and adulthood is very disgruntled. The entire movie also feels like it was trying too hard to create emotion that didn’t exist in the ‘real’ story. The movie also has some relatively boring sequences, like when Saroo is simply clicking a trackpad with an image of Google Earth shown. These little thing made the movie worse, but Lion is nonetheless a good movie.