By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
Disneynature’s latest release, “Oceans,” is a scenic, G-rated exploration of the deeps.
Much like 2009’s “Earth,” this movie was released on Earth Day. There’s definitely an environmental message about the hazards of pollution and over-fishing, but the bulk of “Oceans” is dedicated to showcasing wildlife.
“Earth” told a series of stories and stuck to a consistent narrative, while “Oceans” provides a steady stream of impressive video footage.
The seals are cute, the sharks are menacing, and the whales are massive. My son was impressed by the underwater iguana, and my daughter squirmed in her mother’s lap while birds picked off newborn turtles “racing” toward the sea. I was happy to see a few of the little guys survive the ordeal.
Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud and their team deliver an intimate look at what goes on below the waves. They also do a good job of translating some of the sea’s power to the screen.
During one segment, we see a fishing vessel battered during a storm, and you wonder how someone could risk his or her life in such a job. Then you see beautiful, calm seas filled with playful dolphins, and you’re reminded that you take the bad with the good.
So let’s talk about the bad in “Oceans”: First, the narration, provided by Pierce Brosnan, didn’t make a bunch of sense at times. I wasn’t taking notes, so I can’t give specifics, but there were several times when I felt like asking, “What the heck does that mean?”
Also, I preferred the plot lines that wove through “Earth.” We get exceptional moments in “Oceans,” but there’s no sense that we’re building toward something.
All in all, the kids had fun. That’s probably what matters most.
I give “Oceans” a C plus.
It’s showing at the Malco in Tupelo.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Oceans” an A. “I was fascinated.”