The DVD description makes this sound like some fucking Hallmark movie or something. I appreciate that it's much more disturbing and rougher around the edges than that, while still being warm and compassionate. I have to admit, though, I'm a person who finds the 1:1 aspect ratio a bit gimmicky. Of course, I do really love THAT moment (even though it was spoiled for me by the damn DVD menu!!!), so I get it. I just think that 4:3 would have accomplished the same meaning without seeming so pretentiously extreme.
I know that the Google Earth thing is the hook here, but this film completely skips over what is arguably the most interesting part of Saroo Brierley's life -- the 20 years he spent assimilating into his Australian family and their culture. What was it like to grow up as the brown-skinned son of white parents? What was it like to jolt from poverty to affluence? What was it like to be the 'good son' versus a brother with an…
Yes, it's violent and vulgar, but it's not nearly as clever or revolutionary as it seems to think it is. I think if a movie wants to subvert tropes, it should actually, you know, SUBVERT them, not just call attention to its own use of them ('Look, we've got a hot damsel in distress!' 'Look, we've got a generic British villain!' 'Look, we've got a superhero landing!' etc). Also, I guess I just don't find dick jokes as funny as everyone else does apparently.
"I promised them women."
Quite possibly the most terrifying sentence I have ever heard in a film. And that is why I love horror movies like this -- because the true horror lies not in what the monsters do to people, but in what normal people choose to do to each other. After all, the infection here is just that: a disease. It has no agency, no motive. But people do. They choose to deceive, to…