This evening I saw Earth, the movie. With names like Discovery, Disney and BBC attached to the project I figured it would be a solid production. It definitely lived up to my expectations.
While the film fit neatly into the documentary category, it managed to incorporate great story lines as well. Viewers followed a family of polar bears, a herd of elephants and a pair of whales on their respective journeys through the seasons of life.
Splicing back and forth between the stories, a sweeping range of stunning images filled the screen. Earth is an engrossing movie illustrating an amazing planet where enduring, epic themes link humanity and the rest of the natural world.
James Earl Jones lends the deft richness of his voice as narrator; the score was wonderful; and through the stories we encounter conflict and comedy, suspense and sadness, trials and triumph.
There was of course a warning against global warming, but it wasn’t heavy handed or overtly political. And while there was no mention of a Creator, Earth displays His creation in awe-inspiring fashion.
If all that wasn’t enough, Earth is entertaining, informative and family-friendly. Go see it on the big screen – you’ll be glad you did!