Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Movie review - Disney's African Cats
Samuel L. Jackson has a terrific voice and it's hard not to be enthralled by the combination of the amazing photography and the story he tells about a lioness and her cub and a cheetah and her five cubs.
It has warmth and fear and pain. It sentimentalizes these stories of motherhood but it doesn't pull any punches about the reality of their lives, nor that of their cubs. It has everything a good story should have.
But for me? The thing that blows me away is the photography. I spent most of the time wondering how they got so close. There's a scene where you actually feel like you're a magnifying glass looking at the hair of one of the cats. How do they do that?
I know, I know - it's all about lenses and blinds and whatever. But to me, it's a miracle.
The one thing I would recommend? Don't see it at home no matter how big your big screen TV is. I'm pretty sure that's the reason I wasn't blown away by Oceans - I saw it on my big screen TV at home.