"Even the Smallest Things Have a Purpose"
Disneynature’s WINGS OF LIFE gives viewers a rare look at one of nature’s most important processes – pollination. The high speed filming techniques brings viewers closer to nature than has ever been possible in the past.
Narrated by Meryl Streep, the documentary introduces the life of flowers and the crucial role they play in the circle of life. Their beauty and delicacy are an awe to look it, but their role is dependent on other magnificent creatures. Flowers provide nourishment for many living things, giving life to bees, bats, butterflies, and hummingbirds; but, a flower’s reproductive life isn’t possible without the help of these creatures. While they feed on the gifts that these plants give, a flower uses this connection to attach pollen to the creature.
Some flowers, like orchids, do so in a seductive manipulative way. Orchids trap bees looking for sustenance so they can force their seeds on their backs. Only then does the orchid let the bee go, spreading its seed and giving way for a new generation of orchid.
Similar flowers, like milk weeds in the midwest, though pests for farmers, give life to butterflies. Cactuses in the desert provide much needed food for nectar feeding bats.
Most importantly, however, the produce that humans consume is dependent on the pollination of flowers by bees. Though technology and ingenuity has allowed humans to revolutionize the way we grow produce, the process of pollination is still dependent on these small insects. It’s these small things that people often take for granted that allow people to live healthy, productive lives.
WINGS OF LIFE is expertly made with stunning slow motion images that are mesmerizing to see. Though it’s not as compelling emotionally as AFRICAN CATS or CHIMPANZEE, it stands as a creative and intriguing look at a seemingly mundane subject. The problem with WINGS OF LIFE is its failure to address the ultimate purpose of nature. This circular process of pollination serves as a prime example of God’s purposeful planning and intricate design in every detail of life. The magnitude and miracle that nature presents is only meant to glorify God, not itself. At one point, the movie says the process of pollination “evolved” 200 million years ago to be more efficient, but it offers no proof to support this claim.
Other than a slight environmentalist ideology, WINGS OF LIFE correctly and wonderfully shows the beauty of God’s creation in a bold and new way. It also encourages families to plant gardens together and to teach their children about the importance of nature. This positive activity is a wonderful opportunity for parents to teach their children about hard work, nature, and the importance of being good stewards for God.
(BB, E, Ev, Ro, V) Some positive moral elements encourage families to do things together like gardening (even though there’s no mention of God, His incredible design still glorifies Him), mixed with some environmentalist concerns, plus an evolutionary worldview is briefly brought up mixed in with some Romantic views of love and beauty; no foul language; a spider attacks a caterpillar and hummingbirds fight; biological reproductive processes are narrated in a somewhat Romantic fashion; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking or drugs; and, nothing else objectionable.
Disneynature’s WINGS OF LIFE gives viewers a rare look at one of nature’s most important processes – pollination. Narrated by Meryl Streep, it shows the relationship between orchids and bees in the jungle and cactuses and bats in the desert. Ultimately, it reminds viewers how important flowers are to all life.
WINGS OF LIFE is expertly made, with stunning, mesmerizing slow motion images. Though not as compelling emotionally as CHIMPANZEE, it provides an intriguing look at a seemingly mundane subject. Also, it encourages families to do things together. However, the problem with WINGS OF LIFE is its failure to address nature’s ultimate purpose. The circular process of pollination serves as a prime example of God’s purposeful planning and intricate design in every detail of life. The magnitude and miracle that nature presents is meant to glorify God, not itself. At one point, the movie says pollination “evolved” 200 million years ago to be more efficient, but it offers no proof to support this claim. Despite this, WINGS OF LIFE correctly and wonderfully shows the beauty of God’s creation in a bold, new way.