While certainly in the minority, the emotional aspect of Lion was completely lost on me. Despite the powerful true life tale the film is based on, and its alignment as pure Oscar bait, the film never knows how to extract the emotion from the scenes effectively and therefore left me feeling somewhat confused regarding the critical acclaim that has been poured onto this rarely-more-than-average picture. Garth Davis does a decent enough job in his directorial efforts but it is evident he is not as experienced as some of his counterparts; that's okay - everyone needs to start somewhere - but it means the final product is not as tight or sophisticated as it needed to be. Sunny Pawar, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel are all great and the film comes alive with flashes of inspiration and power every now and then, but it otherwise feels like a plodding Google Earth advert.
Summary: Hacksaw Ridge is a powerful, emotionally-charged and inspiring picture that examines the full horror of war on both an intimate and wider scale - all topped off with a mesmerising performance from Andrew Garfield.