Film Review: Earth: One Amazing Day

Extraordinary cinematography makes this doc on Earth’s wonders a must-see.
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For you action fans, Earth: One Amazing Day can boast the most thrilling chase scene I’ve seen in many a year. It involves just-hatched iguanas in the Galapogos, desperately fleeing for their lives from some jaw-droppingly swift, intertwined snakes in hot pursuit, and it is simply riveting.

The film, directed by Richard Dale, Peter Webber and Fan Lixin, is a 24-hour celebration of the wonders of nature glimpsed all over our lonely planet and is often stunning to behold, as well as highly diverting. Indeed, it will have you at times scratching your head, wondering, “How the hell did they photograph that?” This holds particularly true of a humorous sequence shot perilously close to huge grizzly bears scratching themselves against trees that is a revelation in the way it captures just how much rhythm these big furry guys have, set to antic music by Alex Heffes.

Robert Redford provides the genial, informative narration, and while the movie sometimes goes overboard with that aforementioned, mood-forcing music and has some moments which look too pictorially and suspiciously computer-generated, it can truly be recommended for the entire family, a good way to get young eyes off their cellphones to witness something of the wonder of the world we live in, however endangered it may be. A colony of penguin fathers struggling to return to their adorably massed and starving families, their stomachs stuffed with fish; sperm whales sleeping vertically underwater; rare white-headed monkeys scaling cliffs to be safe before sundown; a shockingly brutal fight between two rival male giraffes, or the amusing effect of a single falling dew drop on tiny creatures such as hummingbirds and bees—truly extraordinary cinematography here—are rare sights which, once seen, are never to be forgotten and will enrich anyone’s life experience.

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