Lion

Lion ★★★½

One of those films that is just about good enough to earn a Best Picture nomination, but nowhere near good enough to win it.

Everything about the film is just above average as Dev Patel’s Saroo searches for the place where he grew up in rural India. The performance of Sunny Pawar as the young version of Saroo is the best thing about the film, which has a problem with editing at times; one year passes, twenty years pass, Saroo has it together and then is suddenly a complete mess of a human. And all of this within about fifteen minutes. It’s a touching story though and with a good ensemble cast, it’s one of those films that will have an awards run and fade to obscurity over the next few years (see: Brooklyn, Philomena).