Nominated for an Oscar this year, WINGED MIGRATION is a masterpiece of natural filmmaking. After the fiftieth time of asking yourself how in the world they captured that shot, you will get caught up in the grandeur and thoroughly enjoy the flow of this stunning display of God’s wonder. With little monologue and a creative use of music, this nature film portrays the life and death cycles of migratory birds. It shows how they die to both natural predators and human hunters, but the tone is light and natural, not preachy or holding forth any anti-hunting sentiments.
To make this movie, producer Jacques Perrin took 450 people, including 17 pilots and 14 cinematographers, and followed various bird migrations through 40 countries and all seven continents. The film covers landscapes ranging from the Eiffel Tower and Monument Valley to the remote reaches of the Arctic and the Amazon. All manner of man-made machines was employed to follow the birds, including planes, gliders, helicopters, and balloons. Also, numerous innovative techniques and ingeniously designed cameras were utilized to allow the filmmakers to fly alongside, above, below, and in front of their subjects.
One does not have to like “nature films” to thoroughly enjoy WINGED MIGRATION. It is a terrific choice for families who value beauty, education, and summer togetherness.
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SUMMARY: WINGED MIGRATION is a breath-taking look at the migratory patterns of birds on all seven continents. With stunning cinematography, this movie is a terrific summer choice for American families who want to combine education and entertainment.
(BB) Moral worldview as art and science combine to exult in the splendor and document the ways of some of God’s most fascinating creatures – birds, with some evolutionary voice over; and, nothing else objectionable.
GENRE: Documentary/Nature Film