April 26, 2009

Things that make you go AWWW

In our world of CGI filmmaking, it is quite refreshing to see a movie like Earth. What better subject than our own beautiful blue planet? This full length film features footage from the award-winning television series Planet Earth.

Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, the film is a visual treat, and I would have loved to have seen it in IMAX. Nice to hear James Earl "Mufasa" Jones narrating. There were plenty of cutesy moments with baby animals, which my fellow kiddie audience members loved. There were plenty of "Awwws", giggling and laughing-out-loud moments. But a warning to parents: there are hunting scenes which could be alarming to younger children. We are spared the full bloody spectacle but we see enough disturbing images. Thankfully, I didn't hear or see any children cry although the theater did get very quiet.

In the promos, they mention that it follows the migration of three families (polar bears, elephants and humpback whales) but it does digress a lot. No complaints though, because the scenes are just so breath-taking and like the TV documentary, I often wondered how they managed to capture many moments in the film. According to IMDB, this was the first film to capture aerials of Mount Everest with the help of Nepalese Army spy planes.

I can't wait to see Oceans on Earth Day 2010.


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