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King of Beasts (2018)

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The story of lion trophy hunters in Africa. KING OF BEASTS offers a close-up on the world of the controversial 'sport" of lion hunting.

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Tomer Almagor (co-director), Nadav Harel (co-director)
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The story of lion trophy hunters in Africa. KING OF BEASTS offers a close-up on the world of the controversial 'sport" of lion hunting.

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25 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Excellent documentary about a difficult subject
21 February 2019 | by mikef-02559See all my reviews

About the documentary --

Highly informative and stays neutral, allowing you to come to your own conclusions. The commentary is by the main subject of the film along with local guides and others that we come to know to be rather like assistants in the endeavor.

I say we "come to know them as" because the documentary avoids captions and narration and leaves the story to the subject's own words and actions. It is well into the documentary that we realize the role the other people actually play. In this way the documentary not only stays neutral but also eliminates what might be considered a source of bias.

All in all, the film is crisp, engaging and informative. I've seen lots of documentaries and yet I had no idea that this is how this sort of trophy hunting is done.

About the subject --

As I said, this is a difficult subject and this documentary allows you to come to your own conclusions.

While I admit that I already felt that trophy hunting was sickening I left the thought there -- as something just not for me. After seeing this film I now feel that this type of hunting also cowardly and a farce. The main subject of the film sees himself as a hero and champion of animal conservation via the money he spends on the hunt and a "man's man" for his choice of recreation.

All of the actual work is done by local African guides and various Caucasian assistants that apparently were brought along. That leaves the hunter with the "full experience" yet not much more work or skill other than being an accurate shot.

I will leave the details for you to see for yourself. But I will tell you that in the end, the hunter gets his trophy -- and at the moment of truth he mutters some words that indicate that he is in awe of himself for what he has just accomplished. The kill, for him is another heroic deed on top of the heroic spending that made it all happen.


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