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Two Brothers (2004)
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by EricDSnider

"I like people, but there are too many of them in this tiger movie."
3 stars

There is probably no audience for "Two Brothers." It might appeal to children, but it would be too slow-moving for them. Animal-loving adults might take interest, but they would find it overlong and bland every time humans appear onscreen. If its story were streamlined and some extraneous people-centric scenes cut, it would be a fine film indeed.

Instead, it is merely OK -- tedious for long stretches, but lovely and guileless the rest of the time. Written and directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, who gave us the similarly themed "The Bear" (1988), it is set amid the religious ruins in the jungles of southeast Asia. Here two tiger cubs are born and, before they can grow up, separated from each other and their parents. One kitty is found by animal hunter Aidan McRory (Guy Pearce) and winds up in a circus. The other remains wild for some time before becoming the pet of an administrator's little boy (Freddie Highmore, soon to be Charlie in the remake of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"), ultimately making his way to a private zoo owned by His Excellency (Oanh Nguyen). There he is made fierce, while his brother, sitting around in a circus cage, loses his edge altogether. They are eventually reunited, but I won't tell you how.

Annaud's achievement here, as in "The Bear," is in conveying the animals' thoughts without having them speak or introducing a narrator. The remote jungles of Asia -- beautifully captured by cinematographer Jean-Marie Dreujou -- could just as easily be the setting for a National Geographic nature special; the animals do not appear to be performing tricks or "acting" in any way. Of course, they ARE acting, because Annaud has a story to tell and needs them to behave a certain way for the cameras, and the fact that that isn't obvious is part of the film's wonderful charm.

The humans' stories are far less interesting, and while Annaud earns points for not belaboring them -- Guy Pearce gets a girlfriend almost behind our backs -- he could have cut them down even more. It's the tigers -- natural, serene, playful and powerful -- that have the power to fascinate us, not generic English imperial figures.

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User Comments

12/12/20 bored mom Awe-inspiring and cuddly all the same, the tigers' scenes make this movie worth watching. 5 stars
3/27/07 Amanda This movie made me bawllll my eyes out! it was so amazing! 5 stars
3/30/05 Nick Boyd The two tigers are cute and endearing but the human characters bog down the story 4 stars
3/28/05 Danny Not as good as "Born Free" but entertaining for anybody who likes big cats! 4 stars
10/18/04 Misty De Meo I must say that I disagree - the human elements weren't really the focus, and I adored it. 4 stars
9/26/04 Maggie I think this movie was great! i never stopped crying! 5 stars
9/22/04 maxine brillant 5 stars
9/07/04 efilmcritic is the Australian version of the site, A.J. Check hollywoodbitchslap.com for US release dates. Stephanie has a point; I like a bit more 3 stars
9/07/04 Stephanie Throckmorton I love tigers and good nature movies, but this is BOOOOORING!! 2 stars
8/13/04 A.J. Did anyone else realize that this page says that this movie wen't to theraters in Jan. 05? 5 stars
8/07/04 Charlotte Absolutely fab film, the tigers are so cute! Definitely worth seeing... 5 stars
8/04/04 ownerofdajoint don't waste your money.this movie does not know what it wants to be and therefore if fails 2 stars
7/30/04 Matt DeLuca Beautiful movie! 5 stars
7/25/04 nagarajan toot good film to watch 5 stars
7/21/04 Whitney Bullard I took my 3-year old, but I was the one who was riveted. Totally disagree with this review! 5 stars
7/21/04 nicki I cried the whole way through. I love animals and HATE greed. 5 stars
7/10/04 Varney Thought it was a great clean movie. hard to find 5 stars
7/07/04 Virginia & Scott We thoroughly enjoyed "Two Brothers". Had to see (saw & loved "The Bear). 4 stars
7/06/04 Carol Bad movie with a nice ending 2 stars
7/06/04 martha entertaining to a degree 4 stars
7/05/04 Peter Ryter I enjoyed this movie because of the tigers. I was there to enjoy these magnificent animals 5 stars
7/03/04 ron fitzpatrick watching the tiger cubs being brutally separated from their parents was way to painfull 1 stars
6/28/04 brit what ever 3 stars
6/28/04 Erica What movies are meant to be. Eemotionally engrossing and technically excellent 5 stars
6/28/04 Anna Jones Terrilbe - Took 7 year old daughter - we walked out - too much violence!! 1 stars
6/25/04 Thomas Pacheco Cat Movie big deal I guess the kids will like it 3 stars
6/23/04 Ray Beautiful 5 stars
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