‘Lion’ Film Review

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One of the greatest films I have seen in years, the gorgeous and captivating tale of finding your way back home, Dev Patel stars as the Indian orphan Saroo, who uses Google Earth to find his way back to the family he lost at the age of five.

Based on a true story, Lion begins by showing how 5-year-old Saroo was tragically separated from his brother one night and ends up getting lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. Many cruel encounters follow, making you sit on the edge of your seat, wondering if he will make it to a place of safety.

Luckily, he gets adopted by an Austrailian couple and manages to live a privileged and contented life, far away from the poor streets of his hometown. At the age of twenty-five, Saroo longs to see his birth mother and brother again. Due to the technology of Google Earth, Saroo finally has a chance to use the memories he has to find out where he came from.

There is a terrific cast, Sunny Pawar is adorable and really sets the film alight with his realistic role as five-year-old Saroo. Nicole Kidman and David Wenham shine as the charismatic couple that adopt him.

If you do one thing this weekend, watch this incredible film, you won’t be disappointed.

Five stars!

 

 

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‘Life As We Know It’ Film Review

Directed by Greg Berlanti and starring Katherine Heigl and  Josh Duhamel. ‘Life as we know it’ is a fun, romantic comedy about lifes unexpecting turns. We all know the typical ‘boy meets girl’ and they fall in love stereotype in these types of films. They have a baby and so it ends with a happy ever after. In this case however, the story shows two characters who really dislike one another.

Holly and Messer have one thing in common though, their love for their god daughter Sophie. They never understood why their friends picked them both together as her secondary guardians but it all becomes clear as the plot unravels. I don’t want to give too much away but this film was a really great film to watch.

Added to my dvd collection, I can watch it over and over again. The humor, the tears and the tantrums. Every little bit of this film is brilliant. I loved the journey of the characters and the actors were very well casted. With most romances you know what’s going to happen.

In this film there is a slight element of knowing what’s coming but there are also a few shocks along the way to keep the audience wanting to watch more. Simply brilliant. If you want to see a film that shows how one incident can change the path of life then this is the film for you. I love this film and I am glad I watched it and I will continue to watch it over and over again.

5 stars!