We’ve just been to see the BBC movie Earth – the reviews we’d seen recommended it & the images (on view on the wall-to-wall TVs in the electronics shop) were stunning. What did we think?
Well, the images were stunning. Absolutely beautiful. Especially the underwater parts – elephants frolicking in the waters of the Okavango Delta in Africa (I’d frolic too if I’d walked for weeks through a desert to get there!). Seals doing that underwater ballet thing. Scores of sailfish hunting a swirling school of smaller fish. And the awful splendour of a mature great white shark leaping completely out of the water as it engulfs a seal in its jaws.
However… the music – well, I hate going to a movie where the soundtrack is used to tell you how to think about something. In a nature doco I’d much rather have the natural noises. They did get this right in places – the song of the humpback whale is lovely on its own, & it was left that way.
But what really did it for us was the voice-over. It began with a statement of the anthropic principle that might almost have come out of the recent ID tract, The privileged planet. I tried quite hard not to listen to it, after that (which was difficult because the narrator was Patrick Stewart, & he has such a lovely voice…), but still noticed that at least some of the script was of the tugging-at-the-heartstrings variety. Something else that I dislike in a nature film.
Overall… well, I know the film-makers had worthy intentions in making it, but for us they pushed many of the wrong buttons. Perhaps I should stick to pure escapism in future 🙂 But the images were wonderful.