First - I am a lover of the BBC nature documentaries, owning Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet, Human Planet and others. The production values of the videos combined with their compelling content make them "go-to" sources on inspiration as a photographer and nature-lover.
When I saw "one Life" hit the shelves, I immediately put it on my list - the timing is right for a fresh series, and I am a Daniel Craig fan as well. Sure winner, right? Unfortunately, this is a straight repackage of previous Life and/or Planet Earth footage, and Daniel Craig can't do a thing to change that. While we're at it, while it is certain Sir David Attenborough cannot go on forever in his role as world's most recognizable nature documentary voice-over, listening to Craig - obviously an accomplished actor - come up far short in appreciation for the story he is telling shows us all just how deeply Sir David is committed to his work.
Do not buy unless you simply have a curiosity for how much difference outstanding narration can make.
Wow. This video gives an impression of the awesomeness of life more than other I can think of. To watch this you cannot but be inmpressed by the hand god must have had in the evolution/creation of life- however you think it came about. (Of course it never references that- it's purely observation, purely science :). It's just SOOOOO amazing.
There is the water buffalo/Komodo dragon scene, for those with kids or sensitivities, but the actual death occurrs off camera. The elephant scene mentioned in the Africa film I think is here, too, but no baby elephant dies here. The only actual mating I remember is with beetles. There is the courtship of humpback whales- something I've never seen before! I think this is safe to show to my young boys. There is an ostrich being taken down by cheetahs but I think it's manageable. No blood/gore.
This film does jump subjects rapidly, but it's slow moving within each subject. Not too fast for kids I think, as far as movies go anyways.
Lastly I think it might be better had David Attenborough narrated, alas, but certainly the film is outstanding regardless. I can see from reviews how this one has repeats from others, but as a stand alone, (from someone who hasn't see "Africa" or " life") it's great! I think this is a great one for adults and especially for children, in regards to fostering empathy, respect, commonality, etc with/for the life we share this planet with.
I had no idea what to expect, but One Life continued to amaze. I surprised my family by choosing it for our movie night, and my 5-and 8-year old grimaced. But, from the opening, the boys were won over, glued to the film. My 5-year old said, "I want to pick this for my movie night!" During the film, my wife and I kept looking at each other in amazement. It is not ideological or left-leaning (as I expected), yet it is deeply moving and unmistakably moral.
Amazing, amazing, amazing. This documentary will drop your jaw with its cinematography and just the simply astonishing way it's been put together. The locations are awesome and the actors in leading roles - the quirky, clever, cruel, lovable animals - are unbelievable. Perfect film for not only adults who need to be reminded of the beauty of our planet and the animals that exist on it but also for kids who need to be taught early on to respect nature.
Photography and film making is top notch, but this movie appears to be an assembly of previous work. If you are an avid National Geographic fan, you may have the same reaction. Conversely, if you need an overview of the amazing shots that NG is known for, this is a good start.