This film has a simple yet beautiful story. This film touches your emotion in all angles. This is a documentary about an abused circus elephant named Tyke. This documentary isn’t about animal rights but it’s about human relationships with animals. They used Tyke because of her being a good protagonist.
If your not someone who cries while watching emotionally driven films or documentaries, I guarantee you that you would for this. Tyke: Elephant Outlaw uses shocking and gratifying video footages of the day from when Tyke was gunned down, telling the story in shocking detail. When exposing controversial topics, there is always the question of whether if exposing too much, on some of the directions of whether it’s too controversial to expose. This is where the character of Tyrone is perfect. This is because he isn’t for or against, a character that we can somehow relate to. This would then place the situation much more complicated.
“This was the first time she [Tyke] was able to be herself. This wasn’t because she was frustrated or angry. She was free just like elephants should be. It just happened to be on the streets of Honolulu.” Spoken by one of the people who were associated with the film. The ending scene for this documentary was just astonishing. With the ending of Tyke running towards the camera on the streets of a Kaka’ako neighborhood. It makes you think whats next, where do we go from here.