Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem & Madness Review
by A. West
***** 5 Stars
‘It has been one of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched and it’s truly worth the time.’
Directors: Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin
Cast: Joe Exotic, Carole Baskin, John Finlay and Rick Kirkham
Synopsis: Among the eccentrics and cult personalities in the stranger-than-fiction world of big cat owners, few stand out more than Joe Exotic, a mulleted, gun-toting polygamist and country western singer who presides over an Oklahoma roadside zoo. Charismatic but misguided, Joe and an unbelievable cast of characters including drug kingpins, con-men, and cult leaders all share a passion for big cats, and the status and attention their dangerous menageries garner. But things take a dark turn when Carole Baskin, an animal activist and owner of a big cat sanctuary, threatens to put them out of business…
Overall, I loved this documentary! It was excellent and really quite interesting as we get to see the events that happened to cause Joe Exotic aka ‘The Tiger King’ to be arrested and imprisoned for 22 years. It’s an action packed series, that will get you to the stage where you have to continue watching – not stopping until you’ve watched all of the episodes, trying to figure out if he was wrongfully accused or whether he’s gotten what he deserved! We get to follow the madness that is Joe Exotic’s life from his two husbands to his feud with Carole Baskin who’s a fellow big cat owner. After this show aired, it stirred a huge amount of controversy surrounding the other big cat owners but mostly abut Carole Baskin, due to the fact that her ex-husband went missing into thin air. No-one has found out what actually happened to him so the case is on the way to being reopened due to how suspicious she seems.
In general, the whole documentary is definitely worth the watch. It has been one of the best documentaries I’ve ever watched and it’s truly worth the time. The series is both humorous and serious but manages to capture the craziness of the whole situation from the fact that Joe owned a tiger zoo to the fact that he’s currently in a prison cell. Altogether the whole show is very well put together. It was chaotic in a way but that was more due to how the people featured were presented – as if they should have their own reality TV shows!
Tiger King: Murder, Madness & Mayhem is currently available on Netflix and was rated 15 by the BBFC.