Garth Davis
Film // January 27, 2017

A crowd-pleasing, straight-forward–and at times, manipulative–saga of discovery, what Lion lacks in ambition, it makes up for in heart and dedication. First time actor Sunny Pawar and heartthrob Dev Patel both please in their portrayal of child and adult, respectively, Saroo Brierley. The incredible journey from India to Australia, being lost, adopted, and searching again, are all chronicled with a loving lens by first-time feature director Garth Davis. There’s a few clunky scenes, but Davis, with cinematographer Greig Fraser, creates some truly beautiful imagery–especially in the first act.