Two Brothers (2004)
Like The Bear, director Jean-Jacques Annaud's acclaimed animal picture released 15 years prior, Two Brothers offers a family-friendly epic as told through the eyes of its four-legged protagonists, who, in this case, are sibling tiger cubs Koumal and Sangha. Though a life in the jungles of French colonial Indochina circa the 1920s seemed certain, the cubs are separated shortly after their birth when the notorious hunter Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce) kills their father. Koumal is whisked away to a circus, where he is cruelly beaten into submission and forced to perform tricks to earn his keep. Sangha fares better at first -- he lands in the posh estate of a French government official who wants the big cat to serve as a companion for his lonely son, though a series of unforeseen circumstances ultimately finds Sangha in the hands of a man determined to turn him into an aggressive prizefighter. Understandably, neither tiger is happy with his arrangements, and both escape captivity in hopes of returning to the jungle. Unfortunately for them, the prospect of two loose tigers is hardly comforting for the locals, who quickly demand that McRory kill the cubs before they threaten the safety of the village. Once McRory finds the tigers in their natural habitat, however, he faces a crisis of conscience he hadn't thought possible. Two Brothers also features Jean-Claude Dreyfus and Freddie Highmore. … More
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Critic Reviews for Two Brothers
This is a family movie on a grand scale, enhanced by lush cinematography and throbbing music, with a minimum of dialogue and an endless assortment of thrills.
Noteworthy because it represents a kind of fevered moviemaking insanity that we rarely see these days.
The kind of movie that kids used to flock to on Saturday afternoons in the forties and fifties.
... one of the most amazing animal adventure fables ever captured on film.
I would have gladly volunteered to lead all the tigers participating in this movie directly into the wilds, just to stop them 'acting' in this slow-moving, heavy-handed drama.
The movie can be taken as quality children's entertainment ... But the film offers much more than that.
The very definition of harmless, watchable entertainment. Exactly whether or not that is good enough depends on who you are.
I defy any animal lover not to tear up with Kumal and Sangha reunite, even if it is a little faux.
It's that rare kind of comedy -- simple humor based on personalities, behavior, and folly .... rather than forced through crass punchlines or annoying sidekicks.
[A] heartbreaking fable of friendship, family ties, and the human impact on the natural world...
Annaud's methods are misleading which undermine his admirable intent.
The overall quality and timelessness of Two Brothers will guarantee it a long future.
As with The Bear much of the plot is carried by animal photography, though this film has considerably more human plot. A good family film, and a moving experience.
It's undoubtedly good-natured, old-fashioned family entertainment, but Two Brothers never quite manages to strike a successful balance between fantasy and reality.
Although the lulled pacing of Two Brothers could put an insomniac in slumber land, the film's leading felines are more captivating than most high-paid Hollywood stars.
Watching Kumal and Sangha, some viewers may even be reminded of lines from Blake's famous poem 'The Tyger': 'What immortal hand or eye/Could frame thy fearful symmetry?'
Teems with life and a rather beautiful simplicity when Annaud focuses squarely on the tiger cubs - but then the humans come crashing in to make a mess of things.
Audience Reviews for Two Brothers
Aidan McRory: Forgive me. Forgive me.
There is nothing special about 'Two Brothers', the story of lions. I find it to be one of the most irritating films of all time, considering that we have no sympathy and don't have any interest in the films protagonists. We have great actors in this film (Guy Pierce, Jean-Jacques Annaud) but the characters they play are incredibly bland, especially Pierces character, who we don't care about what he commits or what the cost of his wrongdoings are. The scenery is unbelievably and incredibly uninteresting, as it stays the same as the film progresses. I'm trying not to bash this so hard, but I just can't help myself, never has a film been so impeccably detrimentally tedious and wearisome, that I would rather watch the 'Cheaper by the Dozen' remake than watch the opening credits of 'Two Brothers' again. Not recommended.
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ooh my god this film is excellent its about two tigers (brothers) that get seperated dad gets killed and mum is shoot but survives and they get one owned by the circus the other by a wealthy person and they are set to fight each other but recognise each other and run away together but theres alot more then wot im saying its a lovely heart warming film it gave me goosepipples and made me cry so worth a watch!!!More
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