10-point review of Disneynature’s “Oceans”
April 30th, 2010 by Maxim · 2 Comments · 17,897 Views
Disneynature’s “Oceans” came out on the “Earth Day” Thursday, 2010, just like last year Disney’s “Earth” came out on the same date also. A small disclaimer: I have not seen Disney’s “Earth”.
- The visuals in the “Oceans” are simply amazing. Most Earthlings will never see all that was shown in the movie, even with special equipment. From microscopic animals to biggest animal on earth, the Blue Whale – this film has it all in great detail. Captivating and enchanting visuals that make you yearn for more.
- Many of the Earth’s oceans are covered – from Antarctica to equatorial Atlantic to South Pacific and Indian oceans.
- I hate when movies are narrated (unless it’s done by Morgan Freeman) – my philosophy is that if the director needs narration then he is a really bad story teller. The only exception to this rule are nature, science and history documentaries – where a movie is created for the purpose of educating viewers. This is not the case with “Oceans” – you will be captivated with quality high-definition under-water cinematography and variety of life in the ocean, but you will probably learn nothing new.
- Pierce Brosnan has a nice voice and style of narration, but there’s absolutely no information in the narrative. Brosnan basically reads poetry: “The fish are swimming, the shrimp are tiny, the slug called ‘Spanish dancer’ waves its red cape, the spider crabs gather for war”, and so on, but there’s no information as to why they do it. If you are expecting something similar to “March of the penguins”, you will be disappointed -without informative narrative the whole movie falls apart as an animated slide show. Why don’t we just “google” same images without paying the ticket price?
- Of course, to keep the movie short – just 1 hour 20 minutes – the movie jumps from images of one animal to another trying to cover as many animals as possible, which reaffirms my previous statement about this movie being a slide show without any real story behind it, unlike “March of the Penguins” or “Walking with Dinosaurs” or similar movies.
- I was going to say that you can watch this movie with sound muted because of dreadful, really disappointing narration, but here’s a great and unique thing about this movie: water is known to be a great conductor of sound, and the filmographers managed to record some of the most amazing sounds that ocean animals make – from the waling of whales (no pun) and clicking of dolphins, to the sound an oyster shell makes when it opens, or sound of a walking crab, or a sound of a fish being eaten by a predator, or sounds of crab and shrimp fighting under water.
- Beautiful musical score
- The boy in the beginning and end of the movie that was probably incorporated into the movie as a symbol, a call to preserve oceans for the future generations… the boy was ugly. He should be cast in “children of the corn” or some other creepy child-vampire movie.
- The movie is tri-lingual, with Brosnan narrating English version, but there’s also a French and Italian ones.
- If you ignore the retarded narrative, you will really enjoy and appreciate the beautiful diversity of life in our fragile oceans, which is what this movie, and the Earth day, are all about.
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