Unless you’ve been living under a rock throughout this quarantine, there’s a good chance you’ve heard all the talk about Tiger King. It’s taken Netflix by storm (becoming one of the most-watch Netflix Original productions of all time) and is quickly becoming a phenomenon, if you haven’t seen a Carole Baskin meme yet, then where the hell have you been?!
Naturally, I had to find out what all the fuss was about. I can say with confidence, that this was one of the most bonkers documentaries I have ever seen in my life. A few people have asked me “what is it about?” and I genuinely struggle to give a coherent answer, that’s how insane this story is. My best advice would be to just watch it, and then you’ll understand why it’s so difficult to put into words what you are watching. It’s a tale so crazy, it’s hard to believe it that it belongs in the “true crime” genre, rather than being an outright fantasy. The title Murder, Mayhem and Madness is very fitting, that’s for sure.
That’s all I’m going to say on the matter. I could go into details about the story that unfolds, I could write for hours about how the titular Tiger King, Joe Exotic, is one of the most bizarre individuals I have ever seen in my life, I could delve into the multiple conspiracy theories that come up and I could write a whole piece about Carole Baskin and her interesting past… But that would just spoil the surprise.
All I will say is this, I haven’t been so gripped by a true-crime since Evil Genius, and I think Tiger King surpasses that by quite some margin. I couldn’t stop watching, I was interested and captivated throughout, and when I finished I still couldn’t quite believe what I had seen was real-life.
Simply put, Tiger King is an absolute must-watch. Get on Netflix, give it a watch, and find out why exactly it’s become the sensation that it has.
I give Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness a 9/10.