Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Penguins - Movie Review

The Movie: Penguins

The Director: Alastair Fothergill and Jeff Wilson

The Story: Disneynature's all-new feature film is a coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve who joins millions of fellow males in the icy Antarctic spring on a quest to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.

The Review:
Disneynature has developed quite a formula for their annual Earth Day releases. After capturing hundreds of hours of beautiful footage, the film makers go to work on creating a compelling and fun story that is more fiction than education but still sufficiently entertaining. In this case, we get to meet a penguin named Steve who bumbles and stumbles around Antarctica in a sort of Forrest Gump type fashion. Narrated by Ed Helms, the penguin crosses paths with all kinds of creatures and potential disasters all while trying to raise a family for the very first time.

The main reason to watch this, and the other films in the Disneynature series, is for the stunning cinematography and beautiful landscapes all captured by a crew that spent three years and 900 filming days in some seriously frigid and hostile conditions. I was able to watch the movie in the reformatted and remastered IMAX edition which made everything that much more impressive. The run time is just over an hour so the whole package is very kid friendly and meant for a fun family outing type of experience.

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