Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Movie Review: March Of The Penguins

I'm not a big movie watcher, but I know this year has been a terrible one for good films. Very very little has even caught my attention, but I glanced over the 'Now Playing' list recently and saw one that looked interesting: "March of the Penguins".

This is actually a French production ("La Marche de l'empereur") that's been ported to English. Apparently the original film has 'dialog' for the penguins, along with music. The US version is narrated by Morgan Freeman, who has the perfect voice for this type of thing. Serious, yet interesting and quite entertaining at times.

Some people may think "This is an independent film," or "But it's a documentary, and about
penguins!" but they are mistaken. They turned what could have been a standard IMAX documentary (which are great) into a documentary that has something of a storyline, and carries the emotion of the viewer well. In fact, they call it a love story, and it's pretty close to the truth!


Photo from Official Site

The film is a mere 82 minutes in length but you see a lot during that time. The story revolves around the long journey these penguins embark on during their yearly mating ritual, going from the open ocean to their inland breeding grounds 150 kilometers away. But that trip is only the beginning, and probably the easiest task they are to do. The winter is fierce and some don't survive. So far from the ocean there is no food, and the males, who stay behind to guard the egg while the females go back to the ocean for food (yes, all the way back 150 kilometers!) after laying the egg, don't eat for as much as four months. And that's only a taste of what they have to endure.

Like I said, this film carries a lot of emotion for a documentary. It will have you laughing when a penguin slips and falls on the ice, shedding a tear when a clumsy pair breaks their egg or loses their chick to the cold, and in total awe when you see the lengths these birds will go to in order to survive.


Photo from Official Site

The images of Antarctica are amazing as always, and the people who get to travel there are very lucky. I can hardly imagine what it would be like to actually be there and see the penguins walking in a line for miles, as far as you can see.

I highly recommend this film for anyone who wants to see a documentary with a different angle. If you want action, stay away. If you want to see and learn new things, be entertained, and be amazed, see this film! Personally, I'll be buying this one when it comes out on DVD.

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Anonymous Tasha said...

Very good write up - it makes me want to see the movie. We'll watch it together after we're married :).

2:48 AM  
Anonymous Stephanie said...

Interesting! I had seen advertisements of it, but never paid much attention to it! Sounds like a nice family film.

3:03 PM  
Anonymous Tasha said...

Love the photos! Really adds to the article!

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Tasha said...

Okay I went to see it today... took my 10 yr old niece... we both really enjoyed it. Very good documentary! Worth watching!

12:48 PM  
Anonymous e. said...

A Most Fantastic Movie...UNBELIEVABLE !!!

Will never think of the Penguin in the same way....A MUST SEE !!!

8:16 PM  

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