Pretty much John Wayne on safari, with a romantic twist or two, and it works pretty well. Plot development is largely fairly conventional, though the setting is very original, and stunning. However, the movie is reasonably funny, the adventures are quite entertaining and there is a decent degree of engagement with the characters. Some cute moments with the animals too, especially the baby elephants.
On that note, the movie gave the world the famous "Baby Elephant Walk" by Henry Mancini.
The romantic side of the movie had the potential to weigh it down and turn it into a plodding, schmaltzy mess. Fortunately, however, the romance isn't overwrought and is kept to the minimum.
Probably the best thing about the movie is that it is set in colonial Africa and has as its main characters people who hunt animals (for capture). This is bound to freak out modern-day history revisionists, social justice warrior trolls and similar morons. And if they're unhappy, I'm happy.
A group of men led by Sean Mercer live in Africa and catch wildlife for zoos and the circus. A beautiful wildlife reporter named Anna arrives and starts talking to the men about their ways. Will she leave an everlasting footprint on their operations or will business continue as usual?
"I had a bath with a cheetah and three men."
Howard Hawks, director of His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, Bringing Up Baby, I was a Male War Bride, Monkey Business, and The Road to Glory, delivers Hatari. The storyline for this picture is just okay but contains an interesting love story. I did enjoy the characters and animals and the acting was better than average. The cast includes John Wayne, Elsa Martinelli, Hardy Kruger, Red Buttons, Bruce Cabot, and Eduard Franz.
"How do you like to kiss?"
I grabbed this off Netflix because I thought it would be interesting to see Wayne in this setting. This was a very average picture that could have been better but was fun for what it was, Overall, this isn't a classic and I would only watch it if you're a fan of Wayne.
"I think you like slow better."
Despite all of this the cruel hunting scenes have a strange drawing power and the funny people with their funny attitudes are still quite interesting and there is a strange attraction to their lifestyle although you wouldn;t want to be the white Bwana yourself, getting the primitives to pillage their land for you in exchange for a few boxes of cigarettes. Howard Hawks was a great filmmaker and the action scenes show this really well, but it's all from a bygone era.