Have plans this weekend? If you’re free, I have the perfect idea. Go see Monkey Kingdom. A donation will be made to Conservation International for every ticket sold between April 17-23 2015!
Monkey Kingdom introduces us to Maya, the hardworking star of the movie. Although calling her a star doesn’t mean she’s leading a privileged life. The toque macaque monkeys of Sri Lanka have a social structure that would put any high school clique to shame.
Things change for Maya when she becomes a mother. She’s determined to give her son Kip a leg up in the world.
The monkeys’ home, Castle Rock, is taken over by a powerful group of neighboring monkeys. This leads to new adventures, including some of my favorite scenes in the film. Eventually the monkeys work together in an attempt to reclaim their home.
Monkey Kingdom is rated G and has a run time of just over 80 minutes. Although moments of fighting are referenced, they are not featured in the film. Some monkeys with injuries are briefly shown and there are mentions of monkeys who do not make it. Young children may have some questions about this, but the movie does not contain anything they should find disturbing or scary. The movie is the perfect combination of sweet and funny, with just enough action to entertain the entire family.
Monkey Kingdom is narrated by Tina Fey (“30 Rock”), directed by Mark Linfield (“Chimpanzee,” “Earth”) and co-directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Chimpanzee,” “Bears”). With music from award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Shrek” movies).
Monkey Kingdom is in theaters now.