12 Jul

Title: Oceans
Year: 2010
Directors: Jacques Perrin & Jacques Cluzaud
Starring: Pierce Brosnan (narrator)
MPAA Rating: G
Runtime: 84 min
Major Awards:
IMDb Rating: 7.6
Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Disney Nature made Earth a couple years ago, and that was one visually stunning adventure, and we knew that every film that production company sent out after it was to be just as visually seductive, and such is the case with Oceans, which is stunning and makes us realize just how advanced filming technology is, seriously, this film is spellbinding and that’s all we need in a nature documentary, and that’s why Oceans worked so damn well for me.

Water covers 70% of our planet and this film celebrates that fact intensely, getting us to dive into the oceans of our earth and take a close look at the creatures that live in it, yes, there’s the mandatory shots of cutesy penguins and polar bears, but there are also shots of much more fascinating animals, including a pretty fucking incredible shot of a predatory rock fish, and an equally terrifying shot of baby turtles, barely making it out to sea only to then be threatened by the possibility of being attacked by birds.

This is a powerful film, it goes on to show us the effect we have, the effect pollution and global warming have, on the oceans of our world, and as such it is pretty devastating, and it’s a story told very carefully, not so much by Pierce Brosnan who narrates from a script that is just way too cheesy for us to truly get involved with, but by the directors, who spent four years doing this film, and the love and attention they put it in is spectacular and get us to care so much about the animals they put in the spotlight, yes, the narration may be horribly weak, but in this film the words don’t matter, the visuals do all the talking necessary, and then some.

Grade: B


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