by Steve Murray
September 26, 2019
When her mother is the latest in her neighborhood to be abducted and killed by the drug cartel running her Mexican town, a young girl named Estrella (Paola Lara) seeks a new family in a band of boys who have also lost their parents. As a Wendy to their Lost Boys in Tigers Are Not Afraid (opening Friday, September 27, at Atlanta’s Plaza Theatre), she is followed everywhere she goes by an endless line of blood from one of the town’s many corpses, and she clutches three pieces of chalk that a friend has assured her will grant her three wishes. Unfortunately, as in that famous story “The Monkey’s Paw,” wishes can arrive with unforeseen complications. A transporting, grim urban fairy tale, writer-director Issa López’s film has been praised by the likes of Neil Gaiman (American Gods) and filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro. Though it doesn’t quite hit the enchanting-horrifying peaks and valleys of Del Toro’s masterpiece, Pan’s Labyrinth, Tigers is a worthy descendant.
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