Monkey Kingdom Movie Review
Monkeys are cute. We all know it, and so does Disney. So they did the smart thing: they made a documentary, pieced together footage to make a Disney story of it, hired Tina Fey to narrate and called it a day.
The result is Monkey Kingdom, an adorable 80-minute film that is almost impossible not to like. Made for anyone who likes furry little animals—meaning everyone except sociopaths—the production is a family-friendly affair with incredible footage, vivid scenery and quite a few cute-funny moments.
Monkey Kingdom is a must-see for children. Despite being a documentary, I hadn’t heard children react so positively to a movie in quite some time. A few sequences—such as one where the monkeys invade a human birthday party—are especially entertaining, and kids throughout the theater were giggling uncontrollably.
Despite its strengths, Monkey Kingdom loses some steam toward the end—at 80 minutes, it still feels about 10 or 15 minutes too long. Maybe I was tired or maybe my sociopathic tendencies started to fire up, but the film gets a little repetitive toward the end. Disneynature’s Chimpanzee felt like a more complete, more cohesive film, even though it follows the same general formula.
Monkey Kingdom isn’t perfect, but it’s still another strong entry from Disneynature. And if you don’t like it, or have no interest in watching it, you may just be a sociopath.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.