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March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Another beautiful, fascinating penguin docu; some peril.

Movie NR 2018 85 minutes
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More of an update and companion piece than sequel, this documentary is a welcome addition. While much of the content is reminiscent of the original Oscar-winning movie, that is by no means a bad thing. The visually stunning camerawork -- in the air, on the ice, in the water -- is once again nothing short of incredible. Morgan Freeman's narration strikes a balance between conveying the harsh and unforgiving climate of Antarctica and playfully humanizing the penguins in their unique behaviors, ensuring that the film continues to have the universal appeal that the first one had.

Of course, comparisons to the first March of the Penguins will be inevitable, and like nearly all sequels, March of the Penguins 2: The Next Step isn't better than the original. Some of the content -- the marching to the sea, for instance -- isn't much different from the first. But considering that a film like this has so much to offer at a time when the fate of Emperor penguins hangs in the balance, the filmmakers could make more sequels to this than there are Friday the 13th sequels in existence, and we'd all be better for it.

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