Starring: Sunny Pawar, Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
Directed By: Garth Davis
Plot: Saroo (Pawar) finds himself lost from his family, miles from home. Eventually he is adopted by a family in Tasmania (Kidman, Wenham) and grows up to be an accomplished adult (Patel). Later, he struggles with the not knowing what happened to his family, and if they’ve been looking for them for the last 25 years.
What Works: This is an incredibly moving film, crafted really well from beginning to end. They found a fantastic little child actor in Pawar, who has way more screentime than Patel. Patel does a great job picking up the end, and continuing with the weight of the performance. In her supporting role, Nicole Kidman also does some really great work. I was genuinely moved by the end of the film. Whether it was the combination of the performances, the cinematography, or the score, this film really worked for me.
What Doesn’t Work: The film is a little longer than it needs to be. But, again like Manchester By The Sea, I don’t really care. I just felt that I’d point it out. I felt it drag a bit in the middle.
Final Word: One of the best movies of the year, and definitely one of the most moving experiences you’ll have at the cinemas. I’m betting it’ll be a pretty major Oscar contender, so get this one checked off your list.
Final Grade: A