To Walk with Lions


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.

By: SS


Release details

110 mins

Cast and crew

Carl Schultz
Sharon Buckingham, Keith Ross Leckie
Richard Harris
John Michie
Kerry Fox
Ian Bannen
Hugh Quarshie
Honor Blackman
Geraldine Chaplin
David Kakuta Mulwa
Steenie Njoroge
You may also like