The wolf and the lion2021.
Directed by Gilles de Maistre.
With Molly Kunz, Graham Greene, Charlie Carrick, Derek Johns, Rebecca Croll, Rhys Slack, Evan Buliung and Daniel Brochu.
A lost wolf cub and lion cub are rescued by a girl in the heart of the Canadian wilderness. Their friendship will change their lives forever.
As unlikely as it may seem, a dog and a feline have become best friends. However, what makes this somewhat fascinating is that The wolf and the lion uses real animals and virtually no CGI, which organically adds a semblance of sincerity to the preaching of animal rights. This isn’t necessarily a made-up story to get its message across, but rather an experiment to observe what would happen if these born rivals were in each other’s presence from an early age (apparently, four Cubs and two lion cubs would have been chosen for the process). As a result, the Canadian forest setting is also captured with serenity and beauty, suggesting the harmony these animals can find with each other.
It’s also obvious that director Gilles de Maistre (who is credited with the idea for this story, writing the screenplay alongside his wife Prune de Maistre, having previously collaborated on equally noble wildlife film projects) knows how filming these animals, generating a lot of the cuteness of watching the titular animals play, tear up furniture (more on that soon), crave each other’s company, and enjoy the outdoors even though it may not be their habitat natural. It’s not a nature documentary, but some of that is sprinkled throughout the film, and it’s definitely the most alluring material here.
Work against The wolf and the lion is the centrally-crafted human story, which follows music student Alma (Molly Kunz, who nonetheless exudes the necessary excitement and affection for animals to make the narrative bearable) who, despite winning a competition to play in a real band, I don’t care much about playing the piano. That’s what her father pushed her to do, who just passed away. One such tragedy has brought Alma back to her childhood home, where, while searching to close and pack up heirlooms, she discovers that her father is caring for a wolf.
Alma is also concerned that some animal trackers snoop around the forest, seeking to tranquilize these endangered species so they can be captured and released back into their natural habitat. Unaware of how they go about accomplishing this, it doesn’t seem like the cruelest thing in the world, so, unsurprisingly, they will inevitably have to work together to decide what is truly best for these animals (especially the wolf that trackers are obsessed with). Serving no real purpose to the story, Alma has a godfather played by Graham Greene who lives on the other end of the area, disappointed that Alma is essentially throwing away her musical talent to provide household care for some wild animals she probably shouldn’t be. primarily responsible.
It should also be mentioned that this lion cub was originally purchased by a circus and was in transit until a thunderstorm caused the plane to crash in the forest, strangely with no one caring who was in the plane. The little one survived and crossed paths with Alma, that’s all that matters. Theoretically, the animals are all that should matter, but that doesn’t stop the script from focusing too much on these human dilemmas, stretching its credibility more and more with over-the-top developments, and introducing new characters who don’t. just don’t have enough to do. . Some of them exist to express how abusive circuses can be without much subtlety or thoughtful insight.
There’s also a poor job done to execute the passage of time, either for humans or for how cubs and pups gradually age into wolves and lions. The final montage of the time spent together means nothing because whatever the journey here, it falls flat; it is difficult to say how much time has passed. Even when mortal danger is thrown into the mix during the climax, there’s not much to get excited about. May be The wolf and the lion should have been stripped down in a film exclusively about a wolf and a lion for more meaningful and touching results.
Scintillating Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★
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