Island of Lemurs: Madagascar (Warner Bros.)
Featuring Morgan Freeman (narrator), Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Patricia Wright.
Written by Drew Fellman.
Directed by David Douglas.
I remember growing up, I’d often watch those nature documentaries on PBS or the Disney “True Life Adventures” with my family. They were cute, void of anything unpleasant, and informative. These days, the “nature” documentary genre isn’t as innocuous as the days of my youth, but that doesn’t mean people of all ages can’t learn something from them. Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is the latest ‘mini’ documentary being released in IMAX theaters across the world.
Narrated by Morgan Freeman (because it’s the law, apparently), the short movie (39 minutes) does not focus on one or two particular lemurs fighting to survive the dearth of human progress on the Island of Madagascar, but recounts a broad explanation of how the animals grew and evolved in the isolated ecosystem of the island.
The documentary displays the lemurs’ struggle to exist on Madagascar, where humans threaten their habitat through deforestation and wildfires. Dr. Patricia Wright, who works to save the lemurs through conservation projects in the area.
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is all very interesting, and the lemurs are captivating with their curious expressions and incredible leaping ability. The cinematography and beautiful scenery are enhanced by the IMAX experience, and the movie will certainly teach viewers a few things they might not have known about the rare animals.
As documentaries go, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar isn’t a cinematic masterpiece. There are a few moments that seem a little too scripted, complete with what appears to be staged action from Dr. Wright. All qualms aside, the movie serves its purpose very effectively, educating both young and old about lemurs.