Saturday, April 25, 2009

Rick's Movie Review

Earth: What a Wonderful World

Earth is a new documentary from Disney, and it is beautiful. It basically played like a condensed version of the BBC's Planet Earth and The Blue Planet. The film takes place in a year on the planet. It starts in January at the Artic, where we find a family of polar bears. From there, we descend to the woodlands, then on to the desert and rainforests. Midyear, we are in the ocean, where we encounter a whale and her calf before wandering to the Kalahari savannah. Here, it is a herd of elephants that we meet. Each story is balance with scenes of their surroundings, and the other animals they share the territory with. In December, we find ourselves in the Antartic with the penguins.
The narration by James Earl Jones (whose voice is as impressive and distinctive as Citizen Kane's Orson Welles) is both informative and entertaining--a great mix. We are treated to beautiful images of nature that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Kids will get a kick out of the polar bear cubs, the Birds of Paradise, and the monkeys.
My favorite part was when the birds flew over the Himalayas. It's a beautiful film about the wonders of our planet, and a subtle warning about the dangers we face due to climate change.

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