Oceans (2010)

April 25, 2010 § Leave a comment

A film by Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud (and no doubt the spirit of Jacques Cousteau) Oceans really does have some remarkable footage that’s well worth the trip to the big screen, ranging from Blue Whales to the Blanket octopus (pictured here).

And without laying it on too thick, the film also takes the time to show satellite scans of pollution making its way out into the oceans in the form of darker, poisonous veins. I guess it’s asking too much of a documentary to end by pointing the viewer towards the kind of special-interest groups that are trying to help, or directing them to complain to a politician or two. Perhaps it’s assumed that just about everything has a website these days.

The narration is about my only other criticism of the film.  I’m fascinated to learn that the Blue Whale is half a city block in length, but just as often the narration voiced by Pierce Brosnan makes vaguely poetic statements comparing fish to dragons, or something similar. The footage is already quite wonderful and enthralling, and there wouldn’t have been anything wrong with narration that provides a little more data to compliment it. The film ends on a half-statement of sorts, along the lines of “Maybe instead of asking what is the ocean, we should ask who are we?”  Um, you mean who are we to pollute it?  Who are we to ignore it? The film is distributed by Disneynature in North America (Earth was also distributed last year), and I’m not sure if the process of translation resulted in narration that seems to want to go a few different directions.

Aside from this, I feel I shouldn’t nitpick too much about Oceans as it’s an impressive film to children and adults alike, and if it does anything to instill a sense of reverence and respect for the planet, it’s worth it. See it while it’s in the theatre, both to support the film and catch the footage on the big screen.

Watch the trailer here.

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