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March of the Penguins (2005)

14 Ratings: 4.1
Documentary and Educational movie directed by Luc Jacquet

March of the Penguins instantly qualifies as a wildlife classic, taking its place among other extraordinary films likeMicrocosmosandWinged Migration. French filmmaker Luc Jacquet and his devoted crew endured a full year of extreme conditions in … see full wiki

Director: Luc Jacquet
Genre: Documentary
8 reviews about March of the Penguins (2005)
review by . December 17, 2008
Nothing short of a standard documentary with excellent narration by Morgan Freeman, all the hype this movie garnered seems a little lost on us. Surely it was an epic to make, but many films are that way.  The movie really got us thinking about animal patterns and even more so internal instincts.  As highly (and often over) reasoning humans, we sometimes forget that we are animals programmed by a greater force to survive and function.  But we're not just talking about the …
review by . January 02, 2009
This acclaimed documentary follows penguins in Antarctica over a nine-month period, beginning with a grueling, 70-mile march to their ancestral breeding ground. Once there, they find mates and each couple produces a single egg. The males protect the egg and baby chick while the females return to the sea to feed for a month. The parents take turns babysitting until one day, they just turn and walk away, leaving the young alone. Driven by instinct and hunger, the chicks march to the sea and begin …
review by . January 21, 2007
Simply intriguing documentary about the life of penguins in Antartica and how they breed. The journey that both the male and female each take in the frigid cold is simply mind boggling. The camerea work is just superb especially in such frigid harsh weather. How did the camera men endure such hardship?     It was just amazing watching the male and female penguin pass the eggs back and forth protecting the egg. Interesting how penguins survive for months without food and waht …
review by . May 16, 2006
March of the Penguins definitely gives me more information than I wanted to know about this hardy group of flightless birds. I prefer to see cute little pictures of happy penguin families than to have my idyllic vision of their life be disturbed by seeing the arduous travails they endure just to survive.    Their lives are spent either trudging for miles over icy to get to the ocean to find food, or standing on a frigid piece of ground balancing an egg on their feet. With the …
review by . May 09, 2006
posted in Movie Hype
If this movie were made in the seventies, it would be called "Everything You Wanted to Know About Penguins, but Didn't Think to Ask," and it wouldn't match the splendor of "March of the Penguins". What makes this movie transcend the usual nature movies like the old Disney features, "Vanishing Prairie," et. al, is that it is exquisitely filmed, smoothly narrated (by Morgan Freeman) and fascinatingly focused. (The life cycle of Antarctic penguins is documented for one year, so it flows like a story.) …
review by . April 07, 2006
Pros: An unflinching look at nature at work     Cons: None     The Bottom Line: If this movie doesnÂ’t put life into perspective for you nothing will.     Nature is cold, calculating, and unforgiving. Even we humans entrenched deep within our insulated lives (should) have come to that realization; live is not fair, nor was it meant to be. Life is what it is and each creature on the planet has to do what it needs to do to survive and promulgate …
review by . December 01, 2005
As a moment of respite and perspective in a world cluttered with tribal warfare, human responses to natural disasters, and the garish flames of politics, MARCH OF THE PENGUINS reminds us of the eternal cycle of life, life perpetuated against all manner of foes and odds, and helps us re-center our blurring focus. This eloquently beautiful film, a documentary that goes well beyond the genre limitations, is a work of art by Director Luc Jacquet and his fearless crew of photographers, and as art should, …
review by . July 14, 2005
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: Photography, Morgan Freeman narration, beautifully filmed     Cons: None     The Bottom Line: Well directed and filmed nature documentary. Worthy of seeing on the big screen for the beauty of the penguins and their habitat.     It's been a loooonnngg time since I went to see a G rated film at the movies. But the subject matter of this film overrode any preconceptions I had about being bored. Although this was a "G" film, there were …
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