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The Last Lions

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MOTHER LOVE Resourceful lioness protects her cubs in The Last Lions

The Last Lions

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
runtime:
86 minutes
Wide Release Date:
02/18/11
performer:
Jeremy Irons
director:
Dereck Joubert
distributor:
National Geographic
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B

In The Last Lion, having lost her mate in a turf war, a resourceful lioness in Botswana’s Okavango Delta goes to impressive lengths to protect her cubs in this high-toned National Geographic documentary. (As the title suggests, the world’s lion population has greatly dwindled in the past 50 years.) The footage, by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is stunning. Too bad the script and haute thespian narration by Jeremy Irons overwhelm the film’s visual strengths with oohing and aahing about mother love and other emotional flavorings that are more about people than animals. B

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