The Tiger Rising Movie Review

 Today, I would like to share a newly released, family-friendly movie with our readers.  I had the opportunity to watch and review The Tiger Rising.  Learn about the movie, read my thoughts and find out where you can watch the film!


About the Movie

Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid star in this beloved tale based on the New York Times best-selling book by Kate DiCamillo. When 12-year-old Rob Horton (Christian Convery) discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home, his imagination runs wild and life begins to change in the most unexpected ways. With the help of a wise and mysterious maid, Willie May (Queen Latifah) and the stubborn new girl in school (Madalen Mills), he navigates through childhood memories, heartache, and wondrous adventures in this heartwarming adaptation.
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My Review
Fans of the Book May Find Some Interesting Differences Between the Book and Film.   
I did not read the book before watching the film--and, while it is on my reading list, I have not yet read it.  I have read that there were some changes made as the novel was brought to film.  From minor changes in dialogue--to larger changes like Sistine's race and entire scenes--including the ending. If you read the book--there are likely important scenes in the film that highlight aspects of longer scenes from the novel.  If you haven't read the book--you may feel that the movie drags a little at times.

The Tiger Rising May Be Better Suited to Families with Older Children. Some of the scenes of the film are troubling--including the ending.  While the scenes do serve to bring out the messages and lessons of the novel--some of those lessons may be lost on younger viewers.  Additionally, the violence and attitudes of some of the characters may not be appropriate for some children.  I would recommend watching the movie first and deciding if it is right for your family.  Tween and teens may also be more equipped to discuss some of the emotions and understand some of the symbolism portrayed as well.  

Would I recommend The Tiger Rising?  I would recommend reading the novel first--and also watching the movie before introducing it to younger children.  I enjoyed Willie May and Rob--most of the time--but, did have some difficulty connecting well with the other characters.  If you enjoyed the book, I would give the movie a try. It is a film that offers a lot of discussion points from emotions and grief to bullying, courage, fear and religion.  

Watch The Tiger Rising Digitally

If you missed The Tiger Rising in theaters, it releases digitally on February 8th!  Check out the film's website to find where you can watch!  It is available digitally and via cable on demand services. 

I received a free digital access code to watch the film for this review through my work with the Momentum Influencer Network.  All opinions are my own.

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