In the Antarctic, every March since the beginning of time, the quest begins to find the perfect mate and start a family. This courtship will begin with a long journey - a journey that will take them hundreds of miles across the continent by foot, in freezing cold temperatures, in brittle, icy winds and through deep, treacherous waters. They will risk starvation and attack by dangerous predators, under the harshest conditions on earth, all to find true love.]]>
March of the Penguins
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The plot, such as it is, involves the real-life struggle of the Emperor penguins as they wander through the coldest part of the world, where temperatures can reach minus 50 degrees.
Their goal? To find a mate and, hopefully, create a new life.
But to reach that goal, some must fall along the way and the rest must persevere in the most difficult of circumstances, weathering blizzards, predators and the constant struggle for food.
Although I found the penguins endearing (as did the children in our family) this might be a bit too intense for young children who are extremely sensitive, since there are some life and death struggles, not all of them with happy endings. So trust your judgment on this or just see the film once before taking a younger child.
I don't want to give away the plot but there are some heartbreaking scenes as well as some that moved me to tears, including the loving and tender moments between the penguins and their babies. But again, the painful moments may be too intense for the youngest children. It is, however, a film that everyone should see at least once in their lifetime, if not many times. Truly one of the best of the year!
Of course, any realistic nature documentary also has sad moments, and this film is no exception: in an environment as harsh as Antarctica some of the penguins don't survive the rigors of the winter, and when that happens it is almost unbearable to watch the seemingly human emotions and reactions of the survivors.
The photography and cinematography are utterly amazing and my hat is off to Luc Jacquet and crew for braving the elements to capture this rarely seen and touching spectacle on film and bringing it to the big screen. Some younger children may be upset by the deaths scenes of the penguins (and they are genuinely heartbreaking), even though I think Jacquet did a good job of explaining it as part of the natural life cycle.
This is a beautiful and memorable film that must really be seen in the theater to fully appreciate. I recommend it highly to everyone except especially young and sensitive children. "G" rated films seldom do well at the box office, but this one definitely deserves to: I can't imagine an intelligent adult who wouldn't be moved by this film.
Now, onto the film itself. I thought it was undeniably brilliant. They showed the penguins' tenderness towards mates and chicks without turning it into a Disney-ish "penguins are little people" kind of thing. They also dealt matter-of-factly with death, predation, and violence. However, the film didn't take on a completely gloomy mood. There were many delightfully funny scenes that showed the penguin's comical nature well. They also showed how tender penguins are to their mates and chicks, and how beautiful a penguin family is. They made you feel like you were a penguin wandering back and forth for food and to raise chicks. The scenes with the baby chicks running around were especially delightful.
While not too being saccharine or even trying to humanize the penguins too much, the film still does tug at your heart. It becomes one of those rarities: a documentary with classic-film quality. Throughout the movie, you go through a range of moods and emotions: blissfully happy, sweetly tender, achingly beautiful, and, sometimes, firmly but gently saddening. What I loved best about this film was that it made you feel like you were there.Read more ›
film. On paper it doesn't really sound like much as it's
about Penguins but really it's more than that, it chronicles
the survival of animal species that might be extinct. A species
that really battles to live amidst terrible conditions.
I also saw Winged Migration a year ago and I saw the same
similarities, Winged was beautifully filmed, explained,
and edited, so is this film. Really.
Hollywood should take a clue from Luc Jacquet since they're
too bush churning out crappy remakes as of late and not
putting enough emphasis on ORIGINALITY and here's a big
secret HEART and GOOD TASTE.
It's filmed in Antarctica too so youngsters who haven't
seen the aware or seen too much study in these species
will get a great lesson here. In fact this documentary
would provide great lessons plans and viewing for kids
in school amidst the boring , textual confines of their
elementary school. I'd definitely show it to my kids
if I had any or if I was a teacher.
Definitely a must see, highly recommended.!!
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I gave "The March of the Penguins" as a gift to 2 people who had never seen the movie. I had the opportunity to watch it with them and they both (adults) were mesmerized... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Paula
Great Gift would recommend it to all. Great value on the purchase and love the plush that was included with the purchase!Published on January 13, 2013 by A. J. Chubb
Apparently a group of the people filming allowed 3 penguins to die when they could have easily saved them. They were in a 3 foot deep hole. Read morePublished on January 6, 2006 by J. Ferko
The film did not give the name of the Predator bird that took the baby penquin. Who knows the name of that bird who would be in the South Pole at that time of year???Published on December 29, 2005 by NYCBirder
There used to be a time when at least one nature documentary was released on a massive national scale about every other year. Read morePublished on October 6, 2005 by tvtv3
In a place as inhospitable as the Antarctic, almost the entire planet will never know the treacherous nature of this continent during its long winter months. Read morePublished on September 30, 2005 by B. Merritt
Saw this movie today. Great story, filming and the scenery was breath taking.
Morgan Freeman was a great narrator for this film. Read more
I only gave it 4 stars just because of the sadness. Not that there was a lot but some of the scenes they showed I just didn't like seeing. Read morePublished on September 17, 2005 by Movie Buff
I knew virtually nothing about emperor penguins, so this film really amazed me. There really isn't any plot, as this is a documentary film on these birds, how they live and... Read morePublished on September 12, 2005 by PuppyTalk
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