These days, it's rare to find a family film that truly is for families, but thankfully, "Two Brothers" is the perfect choice for kids this holiday season. About two tiger cubs who are taken from their parents and forced into captivity, "Two Brothers" is a touching, heartwarming and enjoyable movie.
From Jean-Jacques Annaud, the director of "The Bear," "Two Brothers" follows the adventures of Kumar and Sangha, twin tiger cubs who are separated at youth by hunters. Though loved by one of the hunters (Guy Pearce) and a little boy (Freddie Highmore, who plays Peter in "Finding Neverland" and Charlie in the upcoming "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"), the tigers are seemingly doomed to a short life, whether they are being pitted against one another in a circus fight or being chased down in their jungle home. Can they survive and will they ever be reunited with their mother?
"Two Brothers" is a live-action movie with real actors and real animals. The animals do not talk, nor do they do anything tigers cannot do in real life. Nonetheless, Annaud brings their story to life with ease, capturing the animal emotions any pet lover knows are so strong. Kids will take joy in watching the tigers escape one situation after the next.
Amazingly, the movie is also fairly tense at times. Playing out at times like "Dumbo," it is never clear whether the film is going to end tragically or not. Though made to entertain children, the movie is clearly a commentary on what humans have done to tigers and other wild beasts.
If you're looking to get your child a movie that has no potty humor or language, and that at the same time is educational and fun, "Two Brothers" is your film. Older audiences might also find joy in the film, though kids may be more willing to have a repeat viewing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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