What a bizarre film. I give it 4 stars bc it really has to be seen to be believed that someone would put their wife and daughter in jeopardy of being killed for the sake of animal conservation. The film is shot beautifully on location and adds to the rather plotless films value. A real headscratcher, but def entertaining
I felt a constant unease watching lions, tigers, jaugars, cheetas and even elephants mingle with the humans cast in this movie. The story or plot isnt the pageturner factor here but the way the animals play viciousy with them. Roar is an extreme display on how far"animal lovers"will go to make commercial art of something that are more lethal and primal than they ever can fathom.Thumbs up to the daring DP Jan De Bont!
what in the fuck there's really a lot here to draw some insights from, probably, like what the fuck, and look at this megalomaniac somehow subjecting his willing family and a whole film crew to great bodily harm, or the hubris of man knows no bounds, the patriarch and the white colonist put humanity at odds with nature, but i don't personally have the theoretical framework to make sense of whatever the fuck this was
Interesting more as a curio than an actual movie because whatever story there is, there really isn't much of one, is lost just watching the actors trying not to get mauled by the various lions, tigers and panthers...I would actually have rather seen a documentary about the making of this crazy film.
Well, if you ever wanted to see a movie by an a-hole producer who put his own family in jeopardy to make a half baked plea for animal conservation this is the film for you. For everyone else give this plotless, tasteless endeavour a miss. The danger is definitely present in this nearly plotless home movie which is narratively driven by the wild animals movements. Barely released in '81 with reason.
The movie is terrible and ample evidence why successful producer Noel Marshall's only foray into directing and acting was his last. A well intentioned attempt to garner sympathy and support for conservation efforts in Africa by making a Disney-style comedy about a family and their lions and tigers and jaguars and other big cats. And poachers. It's the epitome of good inten.. http://letterboxd.com/mharbour/film/roar/
completely mental. I was plenty hyped to see this picture, and the reality was far more bizarre than I could have imagined. Like a sadistic Disney adaptation of Heart of Darkness, or a B-side from Herzog's Fitzcarraldo period, being ostensibly fictional, but also the documentary of an actual event that is arguably more insane than the story attempting to be told - an exploration into the power and danger of dreams.
This has to be some of the most fearless filmmaking in cinema's history, adorned by a soundtrack of "oh my gods" and "Jesus Christ". It's consistently funny until you realize that in every scene the actors and crew are fighting for survival. It's actually incredible that after these experiences, Marshall and Hedren were still firm believers of their message. Roar is a must for every cinephile.