March of the Penguins

20 11 2006

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Over the weekend, I watched March of the Penguins. I’ve been wanting to watch it for over a year ever since its release, but I had never gotten to doing that until now. I had heard good things about the movie, so I was going into this film expecting something good, and I definitely was not disappointed.

Penguins are one of my favorite animals, so I liked this film naturally just for its subject. But this film was very nicely done, with its sweeping shots of the Antarctic glaciers to the closeup shots of the penguins themselves. The narration by Morgan Freeman was a nice touch too and gives it a familiarity that would not have been there if it was done by someone else.

The film tells the journey of the Emperor Penguin from its home in the sea to their breeding grounds where they return to every winter to make cute baby penguins. The thing that is amazing is the hardships that a penguin couple will endure just for the egg, especially the male Emperor Penguin, braving the subzero temperature and the 120 miles per hour winds of winter while the female goes off to feed after not eating for three months.

This moving being about penguins, I knew it would be comical. Penguins are just naturally funny and awkward creatures, being birds that are at home in the water and clumsy in land. If you don’t chuckle at least once at the cute little penguin chicks, you don’t have a heart.

I definitely suggest watching this film. Penguins will definitely be one of your favorite animals after watching it.

Rating: 9.5/10

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