Favorite New Films: Last Lions

posted by The Joe

Chris Palmer’s insightful book Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom pointed out how wildlife films have the tendency to manipulate their audiences through sometimes-inaccurate anthropomorphism, and with Last Lions, there are clearly many times when the truthfulness of editing and Jeremy Irons’ voice-over narration come into question.

This being National Geographic, the visuals are understandably gorgeous, but no matter how pretty the footage may be, an actual story is required to hook a large-scale audience. It’s the nature of the business, and regardless of what really happened when filming in Botswana’s Okavango Delta, filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert weave together a brutal story of banishment and revenge that goes so far as to have recurring antagonists.

There are enough moments where what you are seeing seems to actually match up with what you are being told, so the film becomes a blur of reality which, when it just comes down to it, tells a marvelous tale – epic, intense, and absolutely heart-wrenching.


Friday, March 11th, 2011 at 8:37 pm