Hatari is the 1962 action comedy directed by Howard Hawks. Sean Mercer leads a group of men in Africa, whose job it is to capture animals for zoos. They are joined by photographer Anna D’Alessandro, who is on assignment. We get to see what it is like for the men who do this dangerous job. It is not uneventful as they have to deal with things such as Pocket’s crazy inventions and Anna’s adoption of three baby elephants. However, Anna develops feelings for Sean, but she can’t express it to him. She then decides to leave the country. Will Mercer realize the truth before it’s too late?
It’s unusually long for a comedy movie, but it’s pretty good. The film is more like a slice of life story about animal wranglers. Although Hawks makes sure that there is enough action and intrigue to keep it interesting. The funniest scenes in the film are the baby elephant. Sean’s reaction to Anna adopting the babies is priceless. It’s made funnier by the fact that two others decide to make her their “mommy.” Even the climax is amusing as the men chase down Anna in order to prevent her from escaping. The only real flaw is that there are no native characters that play a big part. Still, Honolulu comedy film fans should watch this movie.
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