To Walk with Lions

Film

Time Out says

Made 32 years after Born Free, this is more 'labour of love' than a cash cow sequel. Not surprisingly, in view of the marriage breakdown and murders of the Kenyan wildlife conservationists Joy and George Adamson, Schultz's biopic, spanning George's 18-year struggle to hold on to his Kora reserve, tells a very different story. Reality bites. The lions, too - as wild 'n' broke Englishman Tony Fitzjohn (Michie) discovers when he takes a job at Kora and is promptly pounced on. The movie paints a convincing picture of perfection exhausted; as an action adventure and character study, however, it grips only in bursts. The dramatised account of the substitute father/son relationship between Adamson (Harris) and Fitzjohn is underripe and lacking any sense of development. Adamson's 'sublime communion' with his lions feels a bit like the macho flipside of the babying ways of his wife in the earlier film.

Details

Release details

Duration:
110 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Carl Schultz
Screenwriter:
Sharon Buckingham, Keith Ross Leckie
Cast:
Richard Harris
John Michie
Kerry Fox
Ian Bannen
Hugh Quarshie
Honor Blackman
Geraldine Chaplin
David Kakuta Mulwa
Steenie Njoroge