Brave Blue World

Movie review by
Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommend
Clear, hopeful documentary about the world's water crisis.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 50 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Concentrates more on solutions than problems, highlighting innovations from huge corporate technologies to small, personal contributions. Celebrates those making a difference and encourages viewers to be part of the change.

Positive Role Models

The documentary focuses on people -- from a broad cross section of communities and ethnicities -- dedicating their lives to making a difference. This includes individuals in developing countries helping to provide safe water in their local environments, to scientists and employees of large companies changing production processes and the ways in which whole cities deal with waste water. Celebrity talking heads -- such as Liam Neeson, Matt Damon, and Jaden Smith -- use their platform to spread awareness.


Statistics about the extent of the water crisis are shown. Footage of children collecting dirty drinking water and unsanitary conditions.


Mention of the global economy, banks, and government money. Large businesses are highlighted, including L'Oréal, with its logo shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brave Blue World is a documentary about the world's water crisis. It quotes shocking statistics and includes footage of children and adults in developing countries being forced to drink and bathe in dirty water. Big business is highlighted, including L'Oréal, though mostly to show the ways in which companies are tackling the problem of water shortage and waste. The film is more inspirational than scare-mongering, its interviewees -- including celebrities such as Matt Damon and Jaden Smith -- proving intelligent, passionate, caring, and determined. The overall tone is hopeful and motivating.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytravisloop March 24, 2021

Important water education for the next generation

Water is one of the most important issues and will become even more important for the next generation. Brave Blue World shows kids and adults that there are sol... Continue reading
Adult Written bysarahc2007 March 16, 2021
I really enjoyed this inspiring documentary and the stories that were told. It brought home to me how important water is to us in both the developing and devel... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byLoranikas303 September 1, 2021
Yo, listen up here's a story about a little guy that lives in a blue world! And all day and all night! And everything he sees is just blue like him inside... Continue reading

What's the story?

In BRAVE BLUE WORLD, Liam Neeson narrates an exploration of the world's water crisis. The documentary highlights the issues experienced in both the developing and developed worlds and celebrates the visionaries developing solutions to the problems. Matt Damon and Jaden Smith discuss the organizations in which they're personally involved, while the film crew travels the world to look at the innovations already being used which could be adopted elsewhere to make a global impact.

Is it any good?

An informative and clearly communicated documentary that strikes a good balance between discussing the severity of the problems and providing broad and varied evidence of the solutions. The star power of Neeson, Damon, and Smith will no doubt attract viewers who may not otherwise have approached the subject matter, while the innovators chosen for interview are passionate, enthusiastic, and informative about their individual projects. A broad cross section of communities, ethnicities, and scales are represented, which makes it relatable and universal.

The filmmaking techniques themselves are not out of the ordinary, using a mixture of real-life footage, talking heads, interviews, and more academic diagrams, which can make the content feel a little dry, and the sheer number of different subjects touched upon prove a lot to take in. But overall this is an informative and educational documentary that acts as a positive, hopeful call to arms.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what message Brave Blue World is trying to send. Does it change the way you think about water? What can you do to help prevent water shortage and waste?

  • Was the documentary positive in its outlook or negative? Do you think it matters? How did it compare with other documentaries you have seen?

  • What are some of the innovations that stand out to you, and what affect are they having on the world?

  • Discuss the filming techniques used in the documentary. What do you think were the most effective ways of getting the information across?

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