The tricks were impressive but I didn’t find the ‘wow’ factor like I did
in the first movie. Also, as Thaddeus was a magic debunker, I would’ve
liked, even for a brief minute or two, for him to explain how some of
the tricks worked, which would’ve helped the audience, but also expand
his role in the movie, especially as he is such a great actor.
Continuing on with the tricks, I wish that they didn’t all have to have
some sort-of CGI work on them. One of the things I liked about the first
movie were some of the tricks didn’t require CG work at all because they
were entirely performed by the magician. Though I know that the people
performing the tricks are not magicians, they could’ve at least applied
some free-hand stuff for the actors to perform.
To end my very first movie review on douban, I’d love to quote my
favorite writer Junot Diaz, he once said: “The whole culture is telling
you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen
to the art.”
DIRECTION Ron Howard is amazing. His camera work here is absolutely
incredible. I wouldn’t at all be surprised if the cinematography and the
sound editing are nominated for Oscars. The engines roaring alongside
Hans Zimmer’s score really gets you into the mood. The backdrop is
gritty with lots of dark and gray colors giving it a tough 1970′s
aesthetic. Howard places is camera so specifically and we get so many
different angles that are gripping. Camera work inside the cars giving
you the intense look of driving an F1 car as well as camera’s on the
grass looking up as they fly by. Howard’s use of slow motion is also
perfect and helps build the intensity of the rivalry he is exploring
here. The racing is intense and the dangers are shown in some dramatic
ways as the suspense keeps building up. The biggest problem is that
Formula 1 isn’t the biggest of sports here in the U.S. If people can get
past that and go see this, they won’t regret it.
Overall, the movie, despite its bloated story and extensive CGI work,
was entertaining and fun to watch. It has some resemblance to the first
movie, which I didn’t entirely enjoy, and hope that if they do make a
third (I hear they are) that they make a more believable and different
story, continuing on with some of the great visual effects.
Then the last scene was shot first – the reunion, but by then he was
“emotionally pregnant with the story for 8 months”. The story unraveled
in a natural order. In the end, the real antagonists, Saroo, his
adoptive mother and the biological mother all appeared in the same
scene, they met and hugged. I shed my Tasmanian ocean tears.
There are many things I enjoyed with the movie but there also seems to
be a little problem after that. As a whole, the visuals are really good,
but there are times were it goes a bit too far (back to implausible).
The cast and acting was good, but the characters are very much the same
as in the first movie. There is nothing new about them, with the
exception of Mark Ruffalo’s character. We are given a better and more
thoughtful backstory about his past, and more emotional understanding.
Out of the horseman, Woody Harrison’s character is the only one whose
past is even talked about when his brother comes into the frame, which
didn’t really do much to the movie. I personally didn’t like it that
much. I enjoyed Isla Fishers replacement in Lizzy Caplan. She was a fun
and provides some positive energy to the group, which contain some
boring members. She has a personality which some of the characters
lacked, but her role only took a bad-turn when she and Dave Franco’s
character, Jack Wilder, entered a horribly-developed relationship, which
had nonsensical impact on the already bloated story. As long as the team
had chemistry, which they did, I was fine with some of the minor
For the 8 years he was away from the big screen, it seems he was
focusing more on the American market. After Slumdog millionaire, he
returned to the small screen, earned a recurring role in newsroom and
participated in The Last Airbender as a supporting actor. But the Lion
was definitely an ambitious move. With the Australian director Garth
Davis at the helm, starred Australia’s national treasure Nicole Kidman,
the movie had been nominated over 30 international awards and gleaned
loads of accolades. It was a tear jerker, and it represents something
precious and far too rare in the world where Brexit happened and
anti-immigrant hate is rampant.
SCORE Freakin Hans Zimmer. The dude is on fire lately. A lot of people
like to criticize Zimmer for having score’s that are similar or nothing
new but they work. His score for Man of Steel added a lot to that film
and his score for The Lone Ranger was about the only good part of that
movie. And his score for Rush was really great, again. It added a lot of
intensity to the racing moments and has become something he’s perfected.
The score here is more laid back and in the backdrop though many moments
but when the action ramped up, so did his score as well as your
There are some high points in the movie. The child actor Sunny from
India was the real star. He was completely unfazed by the cameras. He
impressed me by holding up a bicycle 3 times his size to prove to his
brother he is capable, screamed his lung out in the moving train, was
physically deft in dodging all the predators, and overwhelmed by all the
love his new adoptive family provided. He immediately became my latest
obsessions and his interview skills were so genuine and funny, yep, how
could I not stalk him on YouTube?
He yelled at her for not getting him, and continued to build a wall
around his heart. With Lucy, Saroo seemed self-involved, self-pitied and
totally oblivious of her feelings. They are both good actors, Dev and
Rooney, but I don’t see chemistry between them, or a point to stay
together in the movie where love is the main theme. His persistence in
finding his birth mom touched me, but it’s not fair to lash it out on
his supportive girlfriend. The considerate, sophisticated and stunning
girl from the exotic land, who is emotional unsatisfied, I couldn’t help
but wonder, why she is with him? What did she see in him?