Mia and the White Lion is a movie that follows the story of a girl whose family returns to South Africa from London to run their family’s farm for animal habitat. While they’re there, a white lion cub (Charlie) is born that immediately bonds with the oldest child in the family, Mia. As the two grow up together, they become inseparable best friends.
As Mia grows older and wiser, she begins to see that her father’s story doesn’t truly add up. After finding out that her beloved Charlie would be sold, Mia secretly follows her father as he takes one of their other lions to be sold to a hunting farm. Immediately upon arrival, Mia watches with her own eyes as one of the lions is heartlessly killed at point-blank range by a hunter. Her love for the animals, coupled with her heart for justice, drives her to liberate the animals in their family’s farm, and she and Charlie set out on the rescue mission of a lifetime, risking their lives for love and justice.
It’s a beautiful story of tender love, betrayal, reconciliation, risk and reward. The directors hold no punches when it comes to displaying the ugly truth of the oftentimes deceptive truth of animal farming, and the hunting farms that are populated by the “inventory” of the nearby farms in South Africa. The story that the writers portray beautifully dignifies the life of the captive animals and the importance of fighting for their right to live it.
There are heart-warming parts of this movie, but excessive language downgrades it to Not Approved.
The Dove Take
Mia and the White Lion is a story filled with beautiful love, courage, risk, justice, reconciliation, and reward. It showcases how to bravery of one girl not only affects one life, but all those in the wake of the story.