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March of the Penguins

Updated on April 3, 2013

I can't remember the times nature seemed so beautiful

"March of the Penguins" will be one to remember. Narrated by Morgan Freeman; this documentary follows the mating cycle of Penguins, in the South Pole. Displaying the tragic feats these magnificient creatures endure, during each mating season, such as predators, starvation and harsh environmental elements, so life can be born. It goes on to show how penguins raise their young until they become old enough to survive on their own. The film's cinematic appeal is breathtaking. I couldn't take my eyes off the screen as these penguins marched through miles of snow to fetch food for their young in predator infested waters. I was especially intriqued as the fathers would often have to wait for several weeks without food, and having to wait in temperatures up to negative eighty degrees below zero, while the mothers would have to go back and replenish themselves after giving birth. To some younger viewers, these violent displays of penguins dying from starvation, freezing to death and even getting eaten, may come off as too graphic, but it's part of their way of survival. From begining to end this epic documentary will continue to captivate the viewer as these benevolent creatures struggle to survive in one of the world's harshest environments. The cinematography was just beautiful as it got up close with the penguins, almost making it seem like I was there (figuratively anyway). Seeing the look into the penguins eyes as they huddle together to keep warm in the Arctic temperatures, almost makes us feel for them. Alas, though, this documentary isn't as informative as one might expect. Even though it does go over the mating cycle and how they raise their young, it doesn't explain anything about how the baby penguins develop their feathers or where they live. In a documentary, I saw on the "National Geographic Channel", they explain that the penguins don't go into the water until they develop a thick coat of feathers that keep them warm in the water. Where as this film, doesn't even mention it. However, this film's only flaw seems to be that it was made mainly for cinematic appeal as opposed to being an informative documentary. That's not to say it's a bad thing, either. As this film will continue to capture the heart of anyone watching it.


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