Storyline: A resilient lioness in Botswana’s Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions follows Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) as she races to get her cubs to safety during a rampaging fire, and fends off ferocious lioness Silver Eye, the murderous matriarch of a rival pride. Crossing crocodile-infested waters on a quest to reach Duba Island, the fiercely protective mother discovers that in order for her family to survive, she must conquer a herd of buffalos with piercing horns. Later, in an incredible turn of fate, Ma di Tau forges a fragile alliance with a rival pride in order to wage a desperate battle to preserve their bloodline in the face of certain extinction.
Release Date: February 2011
My Review: Simbaaaaaa! Or should I say Ma DI TAU!! What can I say about this National Geographic documentary other than it is an intense but familiar view on the nature of lions. Just like Disney’s African Cats, it highlights the struggles of survival with extremely graphic and riveting images.
Directed by a husband and wife team, Dereck and Beverly Joubert, award-winning filmmakers from Botswana, they highlight the low population of large cats in the world and whether or not Ma di Tau and her cubs are among the last lions. Narrated by academy award winner Jeremy Irons, he adds an added touch to the documentary. And at the beginning of the credits, they show clips of how they shot the movie, it’s pretty awesome.
I enjoyed watching this documentary, just like I did with African Cats. Lions are amazing creatures, I happen to be working on a painting of a lion and as I paint it I find myself admiring and appreciating the beautiful creatures that God has blessed this Earth. The film starts out with one sad fact, that in 50 years, the world has lost a huge percentage of wild lions, from 450,000 to 20,000 lions. We are in 2012, I don’t get why people are still poaching lions. It is sad that, like many other animals, lions are on the verge of extinction.
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An hour and a half of beautiful shots of these amazing creatures, 8/10