The Tiger Rising (\N)

A young boy discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home.
  • 4.5 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Kate DiCamillo, Writer:
  • Ray Giarratana, Director:
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7 / 10

Releasing caged emotions

THE TIGER RISING is an entertaining, magical, heart-breaking film. Middle schooler Rob Horton is an introverted boy who tamps down the pain of his mother's recent death. Alongside this grief, he falls victim to school bullying due to a skin disease and that he lives in a motel.

I connected with Rob very quickly and empathized with his loss. His loneliness is palpable, even though he disguises it with his quiet and polite nature. Initially, he deals with his grief as best he can, by employing his vivid imagination while he whittles wood figures-a craft his mother taught him. But it's when he discovers a caged tiger in the woods owned by the dark and offensive motel owner, that he truly begins to unearth his buried feelings.

Soon Rob meets Sistine Bailey, a new girl in town, who is immersed in her own bout of anguish. Though they have opposing ways of dealing with their pain (Rob is timid and sad, Sistine is sassy and aggressive) they bond over their love of art and their secret of the caged animal.

This isn't a swift-moving film, but I feel the measured pacing helps display Rob's loneliness. I was distracted by Rob's magical imagination, but I think this aspect of the film might appeal to younger viewers. The film holds a particularly surprising and intense scene (no spoilers here) that might be difficult for sensitive younger viewers.

The theme of this movie is releasing caged emotions, and the brightest lights are Christian Convery (Rob) and Queen Latifah (Willie May). Their characterizations, impassioned expressions, and believability outshine the rest.

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1 / 10

Yawn. Best sleep I've had in ages

Even the 6 year old kid wanted to leave. No plot. Poor storyline. Peppa pig is more interesting. It leaves you wondering what's the point of the movie.

4 / 10

Too Slow

The movie is very slow paced and it was boring. This is a made for TV movie and should not have been a theater movie. I am glad we went during the day and did not pay full price.

8 / 10

The Tiger Rising

I enjoyed watching the movie The Tiger Rising. As a fan of actor Dennis Quaid and actress Queen Latifah, I was excited to see this movie. I thought it was great movie to see with my children. They were instantly able to understand Rob's heartache and what he was experiencing. He is dealing with the grief of losing his mother and meets a little girl, Sistine, who is, also, dealing with her own emotions involving her parents' divorce. It is sad movie that I had to find my tissues throughout, but the story offers hope and coping with traumatic experiences. I do have to warn that the ending could be upsetting for younger audiences.

I am giving The Tiger Rising four stars. I recommend it for families of all ages. It would be a great way for them to bring up much needed conversations.

I received an early screener link of The Tiger Rising, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.

6 / 10

Kids Movie with a lesson for Adults too....

Decent movie about sorrow, anger among other feelings we harbor in our minds. Set them free. That's what the movie is all about. Kudos to the kids and Queen Latifah for their believable performance. Enjoyed it.