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
MOTHER LOVE Resourceful lioness protects her cubs in The Last Lions
Genre: Documentary; Starring: Jeremy Irons; Director: Dereck Joubert; Release Date Wide: 02/18/2011; Runtime (in minutes): 86; Distributor: National Geographic
Posted February 18 2011 — 12:00 AM EST
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