People were coming to care for the natural world as they were aware of the natural world.
Review: With his fifty years of natural history program-making series, David Attenborough has made him the most traveled person in human history. He introduced us to the stunning nature and warned us about the climate crisis in many Tv series. Some of his most acclaimed and popular series are Life on Earth, Planet Earth 1 & 2, The Blue Planet 1 & 2, Our Planet, and many more. Today David Attenborough is 93. Even now, he is presenting the wonders of the world and fighting climate change to save the natural world. When he says this is his witness statement, I can’t think of anything but to watch.
In his new film, David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet (2020), with only 80 minutes, it gorgeously and impactfully talks about nature and the climate crisis. It also shows some of the key scenes from BBC earth of David Attenborough to tell the personal and career life.
The movie begins in Chernobyl, comparing the incident to climate change, saying that Chernobyl would be a smaller human-made error as the mass extinction is unfolding in our blindsight. The first half of the movie shows how beautiful mother nature works and the cold reality of human impacts, disturbing biodiversity like deforestation, overfishing, polluting freshwater, and ocean warming.
Some scenes will break your heart, like orangutans left with no home after cutting trees in the forest, displaying the dead coral reefs, a whale being slaughtered, and many scenes that will question our decisions and way of living. As David says, the natural world is fading; I’ve seen it with my own eyes in my lifetime; the words make us grief.
However, he doesn’t stop there. In the second half of the movie, David gives hope and inspiration by telling what we should do to restore the ecosystem. Gives faith with some of the inspirational changes people around the world made. Like Morocco solar energy system, Japan’s population control, Netherland technological small farms. Talking about writing and narration is… it’s from David Attenborough; what more could I say.
All we need is the will to do so. We now have an opportunity to create the perfect home for ourselves and restore the rich, healthy, and wonderful world that we inherited.
Mother nature is beautiful, but capturing it is the tricky part; from start to finish, the movie has breath-taking shots, uplifting and sorrowful scenes of the planet. Silverback Films production company, which brought several excellent nature documentary series and Alastair Fothergill, also directed Planet Earth (2006), is teamed up for this film. The background score makes the audience feel nature, gloomy, and optimistic, amazingly done by Steven Price. He also composed music for Our Planet (2019) series.
Like other great work from David Attenborough, this film also makes people converse about many problems and solutions; every sentence in the movie is an effective scientific fact; every shot is impactful with beauty and sorrow. I seriously hope everyone will watch the film. Particularly, government officials, political leaders (you know who they are) only talk about climate before the election. They only care about making money by burning nature and denying science and nature living in their fantasies. Maybe this movie changes their minds.
The only problem I have is watching this incredibly important movie on television due to the pandemic.
Conclusion: If you only see one documentary film in your life, this would be it. The movie that everyone should watch. My rating 9/10.
Director: Alastair Fothergill, Jonathan Hughes, Keith Scholey
Genre: Documentary, Biography
Cast: David Attenborough, Max Hughes
Other recommendations: Before The Flood (2016), Planet Earth 2 (2016), Our Planet (2019).
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