The Last Lions 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… The Last Lions 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… 2011-02-18 PT86M Documentary Jeremy Irons National Geographic
Movie Review

The Last Lions (2011)

MOTHER LOVE Resourceful lioness protects her cubs in The Last Lions
MOTHER LOVE Resourceful lioness protects her cubs in The Last Lions
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Feb 18, 2011; Length: 86 Minutes; Genre: Documentary; With: Jeremy Irons; Distributor: National Geographic

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

Originally posted Feb 16, 2011 Published in issue #1143 Feb 25, 2011 Order article reprints