Parents' Guide to

An Elephant's Journey

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Boy and elephant fight poaching; some peril.

Movie PG 2018 87 minutes
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The majestic, "talented" elephants, the beauty of the African setting, and the relevant messages about protecting our planet's endangered animals are more than enough reason to enjoy this film. That means putting aside some of the more-than-convenient events that drive the plot; the cliched European villain's exhaustive and exhausting entreaties to "Find that herd!"; and an unnecessary story twist that comes out of nowhere and disappears as quickly as it came. The earnest intentions of the filmmakers are evident. Writer-director Richard Buddington and his team, which includes Elizabeth Hurley, a fervent advocate for elephants, hope to expand awareness, especially for younger audiences who may find explicit and plaintive documentaries too disturbing or too challenging. They've made it work in An Elephant's Journey, a movie that should find an audience for middle grades and up.

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