Based on a book for 5th to 6th graders by Kate DiCamillo, The Tiger Rising is about a boy, a girl, and a tiger in a cage.
While there are the likes of Queen Latifah and Dennis Quaid, The Tiger Rising‘s plot is hard to understand at times, and the acting seems phoned in; however, the movie is shot well considering the cinematographer, Shane F. Kelly, filmed Boyhood (2014), plus the movie features a real tiger. That’s cool.
But even with the cinematographer and the tiger, that’s like going to a cool-looking restaurant, but the food sucks.
Then there are the two main characters, Rob Horton (Christian Convery) and Sistine Bailey (Madalen Mills), who have no chemistry, and Sistine has no redeeming qualities at all – she is just a jerk through and through.
No relationship works in The Tiger Rising except for Rob and her mother, but even that is a bit awkward.
The Tiger Rising is a hard watch, with a cast that’s all over the place, unlikeable characters, some weird hallucinogenic scenes, a predictable and throw together ending, and lastly, parts of the movie that make you unintentionally laugh – adults and kids alike will lose interest quickly unless the tiger is on the screen. Even then, I would instead suggest going to a zoo or pulling up a tiger on YouTube.