We feel that the filmmaker’s motives are virtuous, but we would have hoped that the result would match the ambitions.
This is a family fable with noble militant ambitions that will certainly charm children in love with animals. The relationship that the teenage girl Mia has with her white lion is enviable and will make all young people who are interested in preserving species dream.And if these issues have never crossed the minds of your little ones, Mia and the White Lion can be a charming introduction to these important precepts.
The film delicately denounces the breeding of wild animals for the benefit of rich hunters in search of a trophy (a monstrous and yet legal practice in some countries). This is certainly a narrow and narrow subject, but it is far from devoid of interest. Unfortunately, even if the theme is original and the relevant subject, the texts lack audacity, aplomb and character. In the first few minutes, we know exactly where the story is going. We would have hoped that writers would have dared to take uncharted paths rather than the good old-fashioned paths. The sanctimonious tone ends up getting on your nerves. Too often, you feel like you’re in the middle of a clumsy BBC TV movie.
The actors are not very convincing either with their big game and their emotions to the skin.The young Daniah De Villiers remains touching despite everything. When she finds herself alone in the enclosure with her lion, we only have eyes for her. We admire him and the desire to be able to share his daily life with a beast as impressive as his Charlie.The rest of the characters are quite stereotyped; they lack nuances. Gilles de Maistre’s production, very straight, also slides too often towards the agreed and the predictable.
The landscapes remain fabulous, even if one has abused the plans of drones of the savannah.After watching this film, it is impossible not to dream of spending a few days in South Africa to rub shoulders with elephants, giraffes and, of course, the king of the jungle, the lion.
In addition to generating the desire to travel, Mia and the White Lion teaches children noble and fundamental morals. The preservation of endangered species or even of animals on a larger scale is a delicate subject, rarely exploited on the big screen, but much needed. We feel that the filmmaker’s motives are virtuous, but we would have hoped that the result would match the ambitions.