Parents' Guide to

Wings of Life

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Lovely, kid-friendly nature docu focuses on bees, birds.

Movie G 2013 77 minutes
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age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 3+

It’s a good movie to me, but one part that’s a little scary.

age 7+

Is It Any Good?

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

Like most nature documentaries, this film is visually spectacular. The cinematography captures in breathtaking detail the ways pollinators and their colorful host flowers interact. It shows pregnant and nursing bats drink luscious red cactus fruit in slow motion, and an orchid bee getting trapped in a bucket orchid with perfect precision until the exotic flower's pollen sacks have been attached. Even basic closeups of Monarch butterflies or hungry hummingbirds are startlingly beautiful.

Each coupling between a pollinator and its flower is what Streep's narration calls a "love connection," and the documentary beautifully conveys how the partnership of pollination is pivotal to the environment. However beautiful the visuals, younger kids may lose interest, because the dramatic tension isn't as compelling in this story as it is in other documentaries like African Cats or March of the Penguins, where there are several life-or-death scenarios. Still, you'll never look at a flower quite the same way again after seeing the process of pollination up close and personal in Wings of Life.

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