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.


"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."

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.

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. 



I can highly recommend both films and if you could have a tie for Best Film, I would give it to these two.


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!


Margaret said…
I'd love to see both these films. We don't tend to go to the cinema though. Having said that, I just went twice within the last couple of months -- once to see Fantastic Beasts, and once to see Rogue One.
Barb said…
Thanks so much for the film advice. They both look like great films.
Vickie said…
My daughter watched a story about that young man from the movie Lion. She shared with me earlier this month what that movie is about. So sad, isn't that?! What an amazing ending though.
Astrids dragon said…
I haven't heard about the Lion movie, but now I definitely want to see it!
Bea said…
Thanks for the critique - I'll have to watch for them in our theatre. Really good movies are hard to find.
Mini said…
I got to know about these movies when the award nominations began. Will watch them soon.
Tiffstitch said…
Great recommendations, thank you!
Heather said…
Interesting choices thanks for the reviews!

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