Film Preview: Lion (2016)

Page Revisions:

(August 28, 2016) Original
(November 20, 2016) New Posters (#2 & #3)

Release Date:

November 25, 2016


From IMDb: “A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.”

Poster Rating: D / C+ / C-

Review: (#1) Dev Patel won’t sell this film. A search box won’t sell this film. A loose connection between the two won’t sell this film. The producers need to start from scratch.

(#2) Other than artistic reasons, is there a reason to split a single image to make it look like multiple frames? The images contained in the poster aren’t bad, it’s just the rest is questionably designed. (#3) The imagery makes sense if you’re familiar with the film, but that doesn’t make the overall aesthetic work.

Trailer Rating: B-

Review: Anyone watching this trailer can fairly well predict the outcome of the film, it will be one of two, one happy, one sad. Either way, the formulaic nature of the film notwithstanding, the trailer does a decent job setting it up as a touching family drama, which might be enough to make it a modest success on the specialty circuit.

Oscar Prospects:


Trailer #1


Poster #1Poster #2Poster #3

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