Many will be familiar with Saroo Brierley’s story, having previously been covered some years back by 60 Minutes. Now it gets the big screen treatment in Lion. Five-year-old Saroo (Sunny Pawar) gets lost in Calcutta, India, 1600km from home, unable to find his way back to his brother Guddu (Abhishek Bharate) and mother Kamla (Priyanka Bose). Living on the streets for three weeks before being transferred to an orphanage, Saroo is then adopted by Australian couple Sue (Nicole Kidman) and John Brierley (David Wenham) and goes to live with them in Hobart. As an adult, Saroo (now played by Dev Patel) becomes fixated on finding his birth mother to let her know he is safe, turning to Google Earth for help. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Lion→
After more than fifty years, Michael Bond’s beloved children’s book character comes to life, and he is one adorable bear. Seemingly sticking quite close to the original story – though not quite enough according to the diehards – Paddington ventures from darkest Peru to the hustle and bustle of London town.
Every morning Christine (Nicole Kidman) wakes up with no memory of the past twenty-odd years, as a result of an attack ten years earlier. We’ve seen anterograde amnesia used as a plot device before, in Christopher Nolan’s superb Memento, and in the lighter 50 First Dates. Despite having seen it before, it is still an alluring premise, and one which offers plenty of room for a good twist.
When the closing credits of Grace of Monaco rolled, a woman in my audience let out a fairly quiet but rather prolonged fart. This somewhat echoed the critics in Cannes who shat all over the film when it premiered, but I feel a light fart is more justified. It wasn’t as crap as they had suggested, but it had a bit of a pretentious waft. Continue reading FILM REVIEW: Grace of Monaco→