- TV Mini Series
Filmed in one of the most extreme and hard-to-reach locations in the world, 'Galapagos' explores the unique environments and species of the Galapagos. It will take viewers on a voyage to und... Read allFilmed in one of the most extreme and hard-to-reach locations in the world, 'Galapagos' explores the unique environments and species of the Galapagos. It will take viewers on a voyage to understand the stunning archipelago which changed the way we see the world and has long-remai... Read allFilmed in one of the most extreme and hard-to-reach locations in the world, 'Galapagos' explores the unique environments and species of the Galapagos. It will take viewers on a voyage to understand the stunning archipelago which changed the way we see the world and has long-remained a place of true interest with the nation's favourite naturalist.
It is really hard picking favourites, let alone a definite favourite, among what Attenborough has done because he has done so many gems, it is the equivalent of trying to choose your favourite ice cream flavour or your favourite operatic role (for examples) and finding you can't pick. While not quite as good as the wondrous 'Kingdom of Plants', 'Galapagos 3D' is still remarkable. It may not be one of Attenborough's best or most ground-breaking, but it has everything that makes his work as good as it is. The "making of" scenes have been more interesting in other projects of his before and since, here they didn't add or illuminate as much. However, that is pretty much the only thing that didn't quite work from my personal and very much subjective perspective.
'Galapagos 3D' looks amazing visually, then again it is an Attenborough documentary which always look never less than good. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting more with the Galapagos scenery and inhabitants). In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The editing is always succinct and smooth and the scenery is spectacular.
3D has had very variable execution when used. Sometimes it can enhance the experience and look great, at other times it distracts and is both overused and abused. Luckily, the 3D here in 'Galapagos 3D' is of the incredibly well made kind and enhances the experience, allowing one to see these amazing inhabitants and such up close. It is a long way from soulless either, helping one to actually care for something that is non-human.
The music score fits very well, never overly grandiose while never being inappropriate while also being a beautiful score in its own right.
Even if not ground-breaking in terms of information and subject (but very much so in the use of 3D), 'Galapagos 3D' is incredibly educational and always maintains interest. Still found myself learning a vast amount. In terms of the facts there was a very good mix of the known ones and the unknown.
Attenborough's contribution as always helps quite a bit. He clearly knows his stuff and knows what to say and how to say it. He delivers it with his usual richness, soft-spoken enthusiasm and sincerity, never talking down to the viewer and keeping them riveted and wanting to know more.
In conclusion, not one of Attenborough's best but still delivers, which says a lot about how good his work is and how good a presenter/narrator he is. 9/10 Bethany Cox
- Nov 5, 2017