November 25, 2012
Beautiful, lyrical, fascinating, and moving
Wonderful ideas, wonderful cinematography, wonderful acting, wonderful animal wrangling, beautiful story telling. An incredible, gorgeous, lush, spectacular, film, exquisitely realized.
Even the editing is worthy of mention -- I have rarely seen a film, especially one involving a LOT of different kinds of special effects, that "read" as seamlessly as this one. It's the kind of film that you don't want to get too specific about because it's important not to look for any one thing in it, and you don't want to offer any spoilers.
If you like films that offer something a little deeper than straight ahead narration, go. If you like films that explore the relationship between animals and humans, go. If you like action and adventure (but don't mind the other things which are just as important), go. If you like sheer beauty -- go.
Just go. And go see it in a theater. This is a movie that will be nice on a small screen, but really is fabulous on the big one.
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