no rotten tomatoes for disneynature ‘bears’
Bears (Disneynature, Silverback films) opened in theaters across the USA last week and though the Tomatometer hasn’t been pegged, it’s registering an impressive 90% with the official critique reading, “Sweet, beautifully filmed, and admirably short on sugarcoating, Bears continues Disneynature’s winning streak.” In the main, I agree and whole-heartedly applause co-directors Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill for delivering bluechip nature content to family audiences without diluting the essence of an awe-inspiring bear story.
What I liked most about the film are believable characters in a great bear story backed up with world-class cinematography that’s only rarely been filmed, especially the tense scenes documenting interactions between the grizzly stars (a mother and two spring cubs) and a coastal wolf. Silverback’s central filming location is one of my favorite haunts along the wilderness coast of Katmai National Park and the characters (both ursine and canine) were immediately recognizable. So were some of the interactions most viewers will find surprising or even unbelievable, like a coastal wolf successfully fishing for salmon and unsuccessfully preying upon two spring cubs separated from their mother.
There’s a lot to like about this film and little to sham. Some might dislike the film’s anthropomorphisms but a story of grizzly family love and struggles are ‘dead on’ for modern family audiences. Furthermore as up-to-date naturalists and biologists can attest, recognition that bears and other animals including humans share a set of core emotions (and expressions of those emotions through body language) is accepted science.
Bears (Disneynature, Silverback Films) brings a strong story, lovable characters, wicked cinematography and unbelievable (but real) wildlife behavior to the big screen for families to relish and learn from. It’s a must see for anyone who loves nature!
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