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Film Review: ‘Planetary’

30 April 2015 8:02 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like “Baraka” or “Koyaanisquatsi” with a scholarly/preachy commentary track, Guy Reid’s “Planetary” is equal parts stunning cinematic picture book and worthy if somewhat overreaching lecture on the imperiled state of Mother Earth. Some viewers may be turned off a bit by the talking-head experts’ eventual shift from scientific to more spiritual matters. Those who prefer their eco-consciousness delivered with a drop (or a full draught) of New Age-iness will have a new favorite movie.

A most impressive logistical and aesthetic feat for the first-time feature filmmaking team, “Planetary” had a single-date release at venues scattered around the globe on (of course) Earth Day, April 22. While it’s not necessarily too late for correction, it’s a pity that the pic otherwise bypassed theaters, going straight to VOD via Vimeo: D.p. Christoph Ferstad’s frequently ravishing widescreen images rep a bigscreen experience if ever there was one.

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