Movie review | Polar bear: a window on global warming

‘Polar Bear’ is a fascinating film. Crafted in Disney style, it delivers surprising doses of tenderness that come with world-class wildlife imagery. At the very beginning, the film begins with an overhead shot of a bear cub touching its mother as she swims through the languid waters. This foreground and those that follow are so impressive that we are immediately addicted to the film, and the narration does not fail you either.

The story is about the Polar Bear family, the bond between mothers and cubs, whose relationship lasts between two and a half and three years. Meanwhile, the mother teaches her cubs everything they need to know to survive in the desert.

But at its heart, the story is about climate change, and you realize that when the protagonist, at the beginning of the film, says to us: “Home is the place where childhood and memory live together, but my childhood home is changing. The ice we depend on is melting, my little one and I are in uncharted waters.

This gets the ball rolling. Somewhere in the middle of the movie, we are reminded of global warming once again with, “The third summer of my childhood was the hottest.”

The voice of two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener elevates the viewing experience, bringing images to life as if revealing a real-life polar bear story. And her tone touches your heart when she reveals in a mournful voice: “Seals need sea ice to reproduce. Bears need seals to hunt. Ice bears (polar bears) – how can we survive without ice? »

Thus, we see what the life of polar bears is like in the Arctic region. The film shows us how they grow up in the wild – swimming hundreds of miles from land, hunting for food and surviving a solitary life, thus living as a cycle, over and over again.

The directors give us a purely realistic snapshot with jaw-dropping footage and jaw-dropping footage from some of the most exotic and hostile corners of the planet. It’s a wonder to see polar bears in live-action sequences, which are carefully edited to create a seductive, unhurried narrative that’s every bit as manipulative as fiction with all the trappings of any image. studio.

Overall, while kids may find this film appealing, adults may be more restless than usual.

Film: Polar bear
Directors: Alastair Fothergill, Jeff Wilson
Voice cast: Catherine Kener
Broadcast on: StarDisney+
Duration: 83 minutes

–By Troy Ribeiro

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