Wild Tigers I Have Known Reviews
No, seriously, Logan's just lonely and depressed. He's thirteen years old and struggling with his newfound homosexuality. He has only one friend, Joey (Max Paradise), who is desperate to be 'cool', and writes a list on how to do so. They're your two basic middle school outcasts.
Until Logan meets Rodeo (pronounced Ro-day-O, played by Patrick White), after a visit to the school counselors office - who obviously has some idea about what Logan's going through. She asks him if he feels 'different' from the other students, and if it wasn't obvious before, it is when Logan meets Rodeo. Right from the start, Logan is obviously infatuated with the older, more popular boy. Rodeo eventually offers to take Logan to see the mountain lions that live in the woods behind the school, one of which was shot on campus recently.
As Logan becomes more and besotted by Rodeo, he creates an alter ego named Leah and talks to Rodeo on the phone with a disguised voice, hoping to get the older boy to like him by being someone else. When Rodeo finds out the girl he's had phone sex with isn't a girl, Logan looks more shocked than Rodeo himself. 'You really didn't know?' he asks, and the look on his face as Rodeo walks away is heartbreaking.
Wild Tigers I Have Known is a very visual movie, and it sometimes seems as if it's told more through the images and thoughts in Logan's mind than it is through the dialogue, and that's what makes it good to me, although it may not be for some people. Malcolm Stumpf is absolutely stunning, doing a better acting job than I would have ever expected from someone so young.
The movie ends, not happily, but more in resignation. Being a teenager is hard, and the added pressure of realizing that you're gay isn't easy - trust me, I'll vouch for that XD Near the end of the movie, there's one scene where Logan's mom is stroking his hair, and she says something incredibly wise, considering I wanted to hit her for the whole movie. 'It's up to you, you know, how long you want to hate it for'.
Wild Tigers definitely isn't a movie for everyone, but it's offbeat and quirky, and it doesn't follow the rules of modern movies.
However, After watching it I feel really let down. Albeit a melodic dreamy movie, it's just to slow, the characters fail to ingage and pull you into the movie. It's pretty saddening because I saw a lot of good acting talent that they could have used in much much better way if the effort was used.