Grant Berridge’s review published on Letterboxd :
Far more personal and investing than the Live Aid and Band Aid campaigns of the 80s; instead of telling us about the enormous scale of the issue of food/water scarcity in some parts of Africa, this epic film tells the personal story of a humble family living as well as they can in a cruel land. It put me in mind of The Grapes of Wrath, with the same sense of family pride and sacrifice in the face of desperate poverty.
There’s a strong signal from the start that the story will be one of hope, but the dusty brown colour palette is relentlessly claustrophobic and desolate. It’s very linear and predictable, which suits the genre well. I think if you liked the small but resonant story of Lion, this one will reward you too.