The Miraculous Survival Of Unusual Species Perfectly Captured
Once upon a time, the word "awesome" applied to things like the Grand Canyon at sunset, or the speed of a cheetah chasing it's prey; then, mid-eighties, teenagers adopted the word as slang and today anything from a Big Mac to Dancing With The Stars is awesome; even a Snickers Bar can be "awesome." That said--this film is Genuinely Awesome in the original sense--it's a breathtaking visit to a group of islands inhabited by wonderful creatures who have learned to survive in the most primitive of circumstances--watching a blue-footed booby land on point will take your breath away; even more dazzling is the sight of black iguanas voluntarily diving into the sea, diving deep to nibble seaweed; the tortoises are there of course, a sort of Greek Chorus of survival, but barely, as man now invades their former territory with invasive plants and animals. Highly intelligent narration by Tilda Swinton is magnetic, as she tells not only the stories of the animals, but how Charles Darwin found his groove by studying what he thought were mockingbirds. This is just amazing! The photography--well, those people behind the camera are awesome, too. Really.
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