Lion vs Jackie
This week, TraderVic and I have been lucky enough to view two great films. Interestingly enough, both are based on true events and both were incredibly moving films with the leads played brilliantly by Dev Patel (Lion) and Natalie Portman (Jackie). Too hard to choose which one was the better film, really.
As I said, Dev Patel is absolutely brilliant as Saroo, and, oh my goodness, he nailed the extremely-difficult-to-get-right Aussie accent! (Apparently, he was coached for six months to perfect it). Sadly, despite being the lead actor, he is not up for Best Actor at the Oscars but Supporting actor - this article explains why. Also, the little boy, Sunny Pawar who play five-year-old Saroo is absolutely magic and so very adorable! You can read more about him here.
P.S. Don't forget to join in the fun of my second Girl's Nest Giveaway for 2017. Entries close on Feb 5th. Good luck!
"Five year old Saroo gets lost on a train which takes him thousands of miles across India, away from home and family. Saroo must learn to survive alone in Kolkata, before ultimately being adopted by an Australian couple. Twenty-five years later, armed with only a handful of memories, his unwavering determination, and a revolutionary technology known as Google Earth, he sets out to find his lost family and finally return to his first home."
We found it to be absolutely moving and it definitely brought a tear to the eye (even TraderVic - shhh!)
"A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. JACKIE places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of "Camelot" that they created and loved so well."
Another stunning performance (Natalie Portman was so very definitely Jackie Kennedy) and the filmography and soundtrack were amazing! TraderVic and I have been watching this seemingly endless series about The Kennedys on the History channel - so this film played straight into our wheelhouse.
Critics agree that this is one of Portman's best films and they agree with me re the soundtrack.
I can highly recommend both films and if you could have a tie for Best Film, I would give it to these two.