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Earth: One Amazing Day

By Michael Ordona, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Some animal peril in beautifully filmed nature documentary.

Movie G 2017 95 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Very violent

We took our 2 and 4 year olds to see this as their first theater experience. The G Rating was very misleading. Sure it was nature, but they seemed to focus the movie on natural violence. We stayed for half of it and it was terrifying. It had scary, intense music playing as baby iguanas tried to escape giant snakes, watching the life being squeezed out of them. Magnified bees attacking humming birds. Giraffes battling it out with loud thumps as they slammed heads and necks. The baby zebra who almost drowned and washed downstream in a raging river, while it's mom yelled for it. I'm sure it is fine for older kids but mine had nightmares after this.

Is It Any Good?

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The art and technology of nature documentaries keep moving forward, as this beautifully filmed family-friendly entry proves. Though its unifying concept is thin (essentially, a glimpse at the lives of many animals around the world during one day), the incredible cinematography and rare captured moments should make it a rewarding experience for most. Earth: One Amazing Day offers many surprises, such as giraffes fighting and a sloth swimming. There are sperm whales sleeping vertically and hummingbirds warring with bees. Bioluminescent worms fashion nocturnal traps in caves. There are also moments of peril that might disturb the youngest and most sensitive of viewers, such as when just-hatched iguanas are pursued by hungry snakes, or when a baby zebra is in danger of being washed away by a current. But generally, it's family friendly, with plenty of views of cute beasts that might have kids looking googly-eyed at stuffed animals for a while.

Redford's English-language narration is generally functional, with a fair amount of repetition -- especially about how danger lurks here and there. The concept isn't that deep, but it's easy to see that the movie has its heart in the right place, occasionally reminding us of the preciousness and uniqueness of these creatures and their habitats. And you forgive the clichéd use of music in exchange for the rarity and intimacy of the images. Earth: One Amazing Day, at its best moments, does actually amaze.

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