Movie Review: Earth; Woman Sees Earth for First Time.

I got a call from a guy who said his 92 year old Mother-in-law had never seen Earth.

I kid.

Actually, what he said, was she had never seen a movie! Ever.

I thought about calling the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Geezers, but since it was his Mother-in-law, I let him off the hook.

This woman, according to his wife (her daughter) had never seen a movie.

I don’t believe it for a second. But if my wife says her Mother had never seen dirt, I would accept that as immutable fact.

Get this: for Mother’s Day, all the daughters are going to chip in and take their 92 year old Mother to the movies.

The movie the chose to take her to (it’s a surprise) is Earth.

Ahem. That’s like taking her to see Tobacco or Pickup. She’s lived 92 years. She has seen Earth. If it were me? Terminator Salvation. I bet she hasn’t see that!

Earth

Rated G

Prepare to be wowed. Earth, is a movie everyone can enjoy, and should

This dazzling nature documentary—a three-way between Disney, the Discovery Channel and the BBC—tweaks your senses with breathtaking scenery, spectacular photography and a cast of animals whose lives are almost too amazing.

Basically a movie version of the Discovery Channel series “Planet Earth,” don’t dismiss it as a rerun.

This “Earth,” edited into year-in-the-life storyline, is a sight to behold on the big screen—and a story that warrants re-telling.

Earth is anchored by three geographically diverse animal families: a mama polar bear and her cubs in the Arctic Circle, a mother elephant and baby in Africa, and a humpback whale and her calf on a 6,000-mile swim to feed off the coast of Antarctica.

(Stick around during the credits for a tantalizing glimpse into the making of the movie, what must have been an extraordinary feat in itself.)

“Earth” spares the messy details—but not necessarily the heartbreak — of the survival of the species. A young elephant loses its way in a dust storm, stumbling off to certain death alone in the parched wasteland. A famished polar bear, exhausted and injured, faces the inevitable fate of any predator unable to hunt.

Although “Earth” isn’t preachy, there’s an underlying concern throughout for the delicate balance of nature and the importance of maintaining it. “Global warming” isn’t used, when the narration (by James Earl Jones) notes it’s getting harder and harder for polar bears to find solid ice platforms from which to hunt during the summer, you get the idea. After hearing about the planet’s shrinking woodland due to the march of civilization, you better understand why it’s not uncommon to see deer, coyotes and other “wild” animals wandering though the backyards of suburbia.

See “Earth” for an eye-popping, entertaining and enlightening tour that exists outside our comfort zones. It’s impossible to not come away with a renewed respect, appreciation and awe.

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