Lion ★★★½

Above average biographical drama that puts the work in during the first hour thanks to a wonderfully naturalistic performance from Sonny Pawar and allows the finale to deliver the big emotional resolution (so I could have done without the cinema turning the lights on as soon as the credits started rolling). The second half of the movie has some very good performances from Patel, Kidman and Wenham although Pawar's natural charisma is missed and the inherent problem of making a man look up stuff on the internet cinematic isn't fully addressed despite everyone's best efforts - there is enough over the two hours to pack a real punch.

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