A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Because the documentary's main purpose is to educate, it provides a slew of fascinating facts about not only mangroves but also the many species of plants and animals that make their lives in and around the mangroves' underwater roots. For example, lemon sharks don't look after their babies but do make sure to lay their eggs in the mangled underwater roots of mangroves so that the babies may be protected from larger currents when born. In addition, it's thought that mangroves add value of between $30,000 and $60,000 per hectare in terms of protection against storm damage.
It's important to try and understand the lives of wild animals who exist in a larger natural world for the sake of attaining a more gratifying worldview. However, more than that, it's important to focus on lessening one's effect on global climate change at the very least so that mangroves can keep protecting cities from thousands of dollars of damage from storms.
Positive Role Models
There aren't any human characters, so there aren't any positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Some slightly tense animal violence situations including a lemon shark stalking a horseshoe crab and a Galapagos penguin stalking fish for food. However, there's no graphic animal violence, and there's no human violence shown or discussed whatsoever.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some slight conversation about different animals' mating behaviors.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Magic of Mangroves is a nature documentary that takes a deep dive (literally) into the magically dense underwater world of mangrove trees. Mangroves are trees whose roots are underwater usually along coastlines, and as such become hosts to a wildly fascinating interconnected network of other plants and animals. Because of this large diversity of wildlife, any viewer should be ready to be delighted by a large array of vibrant colors and sounds. Besides some moments of animal food stalking (e.g. a Galapagos penguin trailing a school of fish or a lemon shark trailing a horseshoe crab), which might be uncomfortable for some especially sensitive viewers, there's nothing to worry about content-wise. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you want to see a beautiful set of shots portraying a wide range of wildly colorful plants and animals, then it would be a good idea to check out The Magic of Mangroves. If you want to take a deep dive into the complex world of animal and plant interactions that the water trees mangroves are host to, well... it would still be a good idea to to check out The Magic of Mangroves.
The only drawback to the documentary is that it might not catch the attention of viewers who aren't already interested in biology and/or ecology. While this is the case for many nature documentaries on the market, it's especially true for The Magic of Mangroves, whose quick jumps from place to place and species to species can feel arbitrary and not grounded by any sort of overarching plot. However, any viewer who's moderately interested in the concerned subject matter would do themselves good to watch this vibrant and colorful offering.
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