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Earth: One Amazing Day - Review

Earth: One Amazing Day

Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

IT should come as no surprise to hear that Earth: One Amazing Day is a stunning piece of cinema given that it came from the same team responsible for BBC’s Planet Earth II.

Indeed, many of the highlights of this film are a greatest hits reel from that breath-taking series, including the now infamous race for survival faced by baby iguanas on a beach full of hungry racer snakes and the astonishingly brutal battle between rival giraffes using their necks as battering rams.

But the real pleasure in seeing these events replayed comes from the fact you’re seeing them on the biggest screen possible.

Hence, what was often jaw-dropping on the small screen, viewed from the comfort of a sofa, is absolutely staggering on the big screen, where you can often become fully immersed in the vistas and the action.

And for sceptics thinking why bother to see a nature documentary in cinemas, then consider this. This is a film that has it all: from romance and action to horror and comedy, all within a family friendly format.

For chills, there’s the aforementioned iguanas vs snakes, which will have you on the edge of your seat no matter how many times you watch it; for romance, there’s a sloth making his way towards a female’s mating call; for action, there’s the continuing adventures of a baby zebra (either attempting to navigate a swollen river or outrun a cheetah), and for comedy, there’s grizzly bears scratching a hard to reach itch or raccoons laying waste to a garden.

And then there’s the sumptuous landscapes that range from the highest, snow-capped mountains to the bluest oceans, as well as those majestic insights into natural moments too tiny and too fast for the normal eye to see – the most notable of which involves a hummingbird attempting to extract nectar from plants also prized by bees.

Narrated by Robert Redford, Earth: One Amazing Day is designed to astonish and astound. It’s packed with fascinating anecdotes, facts and figures.

But perhaps most crucially of all, it paints a compelling picture of why we must take more care of our planet and all of its natural wonder. Life, in all forms, deserves to be cherished. Upon seeing this dazzling, [and yes] amazing film, it would be remiss not to take heed.

Certificate: U
Running time: 89mins
UK Release Date: October 20, 2017