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Parents' Guide to

Amazon Adventure 3D

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Inpsiring, educational biopic about a remarkable naturalist.

Movie NR 2017 45 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Rated TV-Y7

Great educational film was well-made. Had some violence and peril the main character was in peril sometimes in the jungle but nothing too crazy.
age 5+

Gorgeous history of Amazon discovery

This is as much a biopic of Evolutionary Biologist Dr Henry Bates as a beautiful tour of the Amazon. It's heavily focused on the discoveries of variations of species of butterflies, and how this effected Darwin's theories. Our 5 year old was enchanted by the bugs and animals, and our 9 year old loved the adventure. SPOILER: One slightly scary bit as a big wave hits his boat. One sad bit as he gets too ill with malaria, and has to return to England. I think it would be fine for a 4 year old, if they have the attention span for it. (Though probably wait for video unless you need to beat the heat)

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

An educational, inspiring tale of naturalist Henry Bates' determination, grit, and awesome exploration of the Amazon, this film is worth catching at a museum or learning institution. At first, it's a bit odd to see a dramatic retelling of a scientist's life rather than a straight documentary featuring a bunch of academics and scientists discussing the importance of Bates' contribution to the study of evolution and natural selection. But by focusing on Bates' life, Amazon Adventure 3D humanizes him and shows just how vital scientific research was -- and continues to be -- for the sake of progress, knowledge, and understanding the world around us.

Finlay plays Bates as a man of integrity, discipline, and kindness. He genuinely loves the Amazon and is, at least in the film, close to his guide -- an indigenous Brazilian man named Tando (Bege Muniz), who's responsible for keeping Bates alive. The natural photography was all shot on location in the Amazon, and the result is visually stunning -- viewers will see animals that can disguise themselves as leaves, bark, and rocks, as well as those that can imitate predators (when they're actually prey). It's just as fascinating in the 21st century as it was in the 19th.

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