March of the Penguins

Rated G 80 minutes 2005

If you're short on reasons to be grateful, look no further than this astonishing if imperfect nature documentary from first-time director Luc Jacquet. Hard times may have befallen you, but at least you're not a penguin, an animal destined to repeat a devastating sequence of events every year, for nine months, in the effort to reproduce. Jacquet begins the film in March, the end of the Antarctic summer, and follows the penguins as they begin their trek 70 miles south to their breeding grounds. Like so much in this visually gorgeous movie, marching penguins are something to see: a line of black and white waddlers, tilting precariously to either side as they lug their tremendous bulk across the ice. From there, it's 80 minutes of struggle, with here and there a moment of joy. Where it falters is in the melodramatic voiceover, read in stentorian tones by Morgan Freeman. They could have dialed that back a bit. (84 min.)

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Director: Luc Jacquet

Writer: Jordan Roberts

Producer: Yves Darondeau, Christophe Lioud, Emmanuel Priou and Ilann Girard

Cast: Morgan Freeman


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