Parent of a 6 and 10 year oldWritten bynorthlightApril 9, 2008
not rated for age
Classic yet a movie of its time
The opening scene is a bit startling: women washing clothes in the river with a lion lurking; consequences are deadly. This scene was more upsetting than the elephant stampede noted in the Commonsense review. Other issues: For a woman living in Africa close to nature, Joy's hair is always perfect and she is a woman of her time: persistent maybe, but not at all equal to the men. Men ultimately make all the decisions. Other items date the movie and one should be prepared to discuss for example, why the White Europeans live in modern houses, and are in positions of authority while the Black Africans are in the background-literally. The story moves along quickly-almost too choppy at times. Nevertheless, it is a movie with depth and one can focus children on the complex issues regarding the lions: safety of the zoo versus dangers in the wild with freedom.
Parent of a 7 and 10 year oldWritten bykellystpSeptember 2, 2010
Compelling old-school movie with lots of atmosphere
Movies aren't as full of long shots and languid as this any more -- especially movies for kids. But it is a compelling story and a picture of life in the 70s. Might be too intense for kids who are sensitive that way. It's even fun to discuss the cinematic style with kids.
And the song is so fun to sing!