Explore the deepest parts of our oceans through the eyes of the creatures that live there
As Pierce Brosnan said eloquently: "What is the ocean? If a small boy came up to you and ask what is the ocean, then what would you say? Sure, you can give him a lot of statistics and scientific facts, along with some Greek terminology. However, will any of your words be enough to describe the seas true beauty, it's power, and magnificence. For you see to truly understand the ocean, you have to witness it for yourself. To feel it. To see it. To taste it, and to see it through the eyes of the creatures that live there."
Last year, I thought the cinematography for Disneynature's "Earth" was something really special. After seeing their new film, "Oceans", it seems we haven't seen anything yet. Although I will admit, I do tend to be a bit biased when it comes to nature documentaries, as I just love watching films that show the true beauty of nature. However, as a film critic, I have to try to be unbiased as possible; not allowing for the great cinematography, and nature's beauty mixed in with wonderful music scores to influence my judgment too much, on this movie. Although it would be fairly easily to do though, considering how beautiful nature can be.
Like "Earth", the cinematography is nothing short of spectacular. As it literally makes the audience feel like they're actually there close to the animals themselves. Showing footage of not only sea creatures you've might have seen in many other documentaries, but close up shots of ones you'd never come to expect. Such creatures like the Whale Shark, or watching a scuba diver swimming next to a Great White Shark peacefully. Even the underbelly of a whale and jellyfish were a sight to behold.
Plus, I loved how the musical scores for this film matched the tone and setting of the movie. Thus, allowing for the audience to have a much deeper experience as they watch these fantastic creatures in their habitat.
Even the message about how we tend to pollute and endanger many sea creatures lives, due to our neglectful ways is carried out quite well in this film. As I felt my heart ache, watching these poor creatures suffer like that.
Sadly, as much as "Oceans" carries a lot of the same strengths as "Earth", it also has it's same faults too. For you see, "Oceans" isn't the most informative documentary out there on sea life, as you could see much more informative ones on the discovery channel. Therefore, it makes it painfully obvious this film was made for theatrical purposes only, instead of being an informative documentary. Which is rather sad to quite honest.
However, it doesn't ruin the movie, as the cinematography and musical score more than make up for it. Allowing for the viewer to feel and see just how beautiful life under the sea truly is. Without the gimmicky cartoon versions of it, but rather allow the beauty of nature itself to truly shine through. "Oceans" is definitely one documentary that nature lovers will surely won't want to miss.