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Young Tina lives with her mother and stepfather on a wildlife reserve in Kenya. While her stepfather believes this is a wonderful environment for her to grow up in, her mother becomes increasingly concerned by her behaviour. These concerns are reinforced when it is revealed that her daughter's best friend in the whole world is a fully grown lion. Worried that her daughter may be turning into a savage, she sends for her former husband, Tina's biological father, in the hope that he can take her back to civilization (in this case rural Connecticut). But it seems as though Tina's mother wants something more than a civilized upbringing for her daughter. Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
Supposedly a British accented heroine befriended a lion and now plays with him like a house cat, but despite putting on a show for her ex-father, having a superficial power over animals that comes with a British accent and short hair, the heroine clearly fears the lion and only plays with him because she knows men with guns are standing by.
This lion was more realistic than the CGI lion in Narnia (2005) because it was real. Unfortunately the lion was only in 10 hair raising minutes of it, in which the heroine rode on the lion's back, hugged the lion, and put her hand in his mouth, usually standing behind the lion's head of course. Would be fun to know if the limited screen time for King was due to the danger.
With today's technology, a good movie could be made about a computer animated lion raising a heroine in the wild, with tons of mane footage, but this isn't it. This lion was just a Mcguffin in a story about parents breaking up and British heroines following the wrong path.
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