Well Jozua Judah has done it again!!!!!! Read the awesome review of the Disney Film African Cats below
By Jozua Judah
Release Date: 3 August 2011
Directed By Alastair Fothergill, Keith Scholey
Samual L. Jackson
Genre: Wildlife Documentary
Running Time: 89min
Our first review for Isibani is a call to adventure, where strength, agility and calculated risks come together in a stunning display of survival. Not surprising though that African Cats may very well be my first time big screen documentary experience as I try to recall when last I saw this type of film. The Production house behind the film is Disneynature which sees its 3rd release, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, following the release of Oceans. It also features a song “The World I Knew” by Season Six American Idol winner Jordin Sparks.
Living and breathing in Africa, one can appreciate its splendour afresh and anew with the absolute cinematic grandeur of the grass lands in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. The documentary film follows two stories, one of a cheetah called Sita who is raising five cheetah cubs . Then there is Layla, a lioness raising her young cub in a pride who is under pressure from a hostile takeover, the wild life version. Fang, the male lion and protector of Layla’s pride lives one side of the river while Kali, his nemesis lives on the other with his five sons. Kali is looking for every opportunity to cross this barrier to take over the pride of Fang. In this documentary we see these two worlds collide as cheetah & lioness must pit themselves against natures odds for their own survival and that of their cubs.
This “true life adventure” was shot in real time over two years by directors Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey. Alastair Fothergill is a director, producer, and writer which is well known for his involvement in wild life TV programs & films. Some of his titles includes films like Earth, The Blue Planet and Life In The Freezer. His counterpart Keith Scholey is also known for his work as producer for nature programs and films such as his involvement in an award winning series called “ The Private Life of Plants”. He is currently the executive producer for a popular TV show called “Weird Nature”. Both of these men bring a great deal of experience and creativity to the art of wild life documentary filming. In that they achieve a very descent and entertaining cinematic experience drawing you into a story of the life of two very similar but yet different animals.
The cinematography (camera & lighting work) in the film was truly something to behold with sunrise and sunsets shots looking truly like a painters brush come to life. Not only will the metro-man find a new motivation to set out into the great outdoors, but the intrepid explores amongst us will thoroughly enjoy this epic film. Samuel L. Jackson does a good job as narrator of the film. Unfortunately, the narration is distracting at times which robs the film of some of its African authenticity, but will definitely appeal to a more Americanised audience. The story, like so many in Africa is that of perseverance, courage and taking risks in face of overwhelming odds. The face of adventure is calling and African Cats gets a dangerous 8 out of 10. See you at the movies.