A deliciously entertaining and cute documentary, "March of the Penguins" provides insight into the surprisingly complicated lives of penguins and the hardships they endure year over year to have babies and stay alive in the harshest climate on the planet.
In reality not all that different from some animal documentaries on the Discovery Channel, "March of the Penguins" succeeds by simply being one of the few that actually make it to the big screen. The financial and critical success the movie is receiving proves that people are willing to watch documentaries; I would not be surprised to see more animal films in the future.
While the film does deal with death a bit, the appeal of the movie is clear: the movie is about penguins, which are funny to begin with, and can be enjoyed by all audiences young and old. Plenty of facts are provided by narrator Morgan Freeman, who does a superb job by the way, but the visual story is what keeps us interested. The baby penguins are especially captivating.
On the flip side, a slightly bigger budget could have provided better cameras and thus better scenery shots. While the penguins are clear and fine, the distant shots are grainy in a place that can be absolutely beautiful if filmed right. The film crew clearly did their best with the equipment given, however.
"March of the Penguins" is a fun and entertaining movie that gives an inside look at the cute and cuddly world of penguins. It's definitely worth watching, but it'll lose nothing if you wait until video.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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