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A little disappointed by my own nostalgia
February 8, 2014
I remember really liking this movie when it first came out, perhaps because I have always wished I had become a field biologist studying large cats. However, after not having seen it in well more than a decade, I was disappointed by what I remembered.
Of course everything was bastardized by Hollywood, even the lions (two novel males whose stuffed bodies are on display at the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History) were misrepresented in both appearance and behavior. While they did kill quite a few people in real life, the lions in the movie behaved nothing like real lions. And the people? They also don't behave very much like real people; there's no way someone gets dragged out of their tent by the leg in the middle of the night without making a sound. And three hunters armed with rifles who are completely incapable of hitting a trapped lion just a few feet away because they are terrified? Whatever. I also found some of the characters to be too stereotypical, making it difficult to get into the story.
However, despite it's many drawbacks, I still enjoy the movie, or rather, the idea behind the movie. I just wish it hadn't been dumbed down so much by Hollywood in order to appeal to the wider American audience. Every now and again, it would be nice to have a movie for those of us whose brains demand a little more than tired out formulas, and sensationalized BS. A movie can be good without completely suspending physical and natural realities.