The plot is simple and lacking originality: the next second after their son leaves the home to start college, he, the husband and the father, announces that is not anymore in love with her, the wife, and is moving out, ending suddenly their longtime marriage. Looks like he is right in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Only a younger she-replacement and red new sport car are missing.
Amazingly, she does not scream, does not shut the doors, does not throw things, does not break anything of value, does not call all her friends to cry on their shoulders. She only bites her nails. Oh, my God, a saint (who’s going to believe that?!). Oh, right, she does something after all: throw away his expensive clothes. Kate, you rock!
But she, anticipating and empty nest syndrome, already booked two tickets for a second honeymoon in Africa, in Zambia more precisely (she consults a printed Zambia travel guide? Doesn’t she heard about internet and google search?) which cannot change the last minute. Hence, she decides to go alone for a solo safari. Good for her, I wish I’d have the courage (and money!) to do that myself.
Not very surprising, she meets in Lusaka a very handsome, rugged pilot who is playing poker with the bartender – very sexy indeed. Who does not like the adventurer cool type? I fell in love with Derek (played by Rob Lowe) way earlier before Kate did. Honestly, I didn’t understand why it took so long for her to realize she’s in love with this lovely Adonis.
And then there are the elephants. More elephants. And the desert. And the wildness. The images are great (Too bad netflix does not allow me to print screen a image or two.) And there is the charity foundation for saving the elephants, of course (that was really necessary?). However, It’s refreshing to watch that simple life in that part of the world and by the end of the movie I was already longing for something similar. Just go at the end of the world and live a simple rural life, maybe with monkeys instead of elephants, leaving all the technology and modern society behind. Or maybe just for a couple of weeks. Kind to think about, not bad an idea.
Interesting movie quotes (not many):
“The thing about elephants, they read your soul.”
“Good night, New York.” :)))