9/10 A show I hadn’t planned on jumping into right away, the trailer for “Tiger King” was intriguing but not at the top of my Netflix queue. That is until the show swept social media by storm and the memes, one of my joys in life outside of film, started flooding the internet. I had to see what all the buzz was about and I am sure glad I did. “Tiger King” is one of the most entertaining, ridiculous, shocking, funny and insane docuseries you will ever see. Besides being a wholly original true story (truth is often stranger than fiction), the series is just extremely well made and balanced from a film making stand point. Most episodes tackle a single subject (the disappearance of Carole’s husband, Joe’s political ambitions, etc.) while all having an interwoven thread to connect each episode into one Hell of a narrative. Often in documentaries, the supporting characters who aren’t as important get much less screen time to share their side of the story. Since this is a series as opposed to a two-hour film, the series wisely gives everyone their due time and even the zoo employees get ample amounts of time to speak, which I really enjoyed. The cinematography is fantastic and almost seems better than it should be since it is so slick and polished as it captures the rednecks, meth, strip clubs and seedy aspects out in Oklahoma. Most documentaries that deal with crime are extremely somber because crime isn’t a happy, sunshine filled hobby. So for this to be as funny and entertaining as it is, makes it enjoyable to watch to the point where you could even watch this multiple times. If there are any flaws to be found in the series, it would be that it definitely tries to lead the audience to make the assumptions that the film makers want you to make and even though all documentaries ultimately have an agenda and try to lead you in certain directions, this one does so pretty heavy handedly. That being said, the series will definitely spark lots of discussion (did Carole Baskin murder her husband?) due to its outlandish nature and the fact that this true story is still relevant in terms of when it happened (it is ongoing as new developments have happened since the docuseries was completed) as well as the never ending relevancy of environmental conservation, especially in terms of these endangered species and protecting wild life. So light up your meth pipe, grab a platter full of assorted, expired Walmart meats and sit back to enjoy the series that puts the “wild” in “wild life”.
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