I love animals and there have been some great movies about animals. Some of those movies make that animal look bad, like “Jaws” or “King Kong”. Although I love those films, I chose movies which make the animals the stars of the show. Two movies, one documentary.
Genre: Drama/ Fantasy/ Adventure
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Suraj Sharma, Rafe Spall, Irffan Khan
Description: A young man who survives a disaster at sea is hurtled into an epic journey of adventure and discovery. While cast away, he forms an unexpected connection with another survivor: a fearsome Bengal tiger.
Opinion: I fell in love with the book, so I was very curious how Ang Lee was going to make this into a movie. it visually looks amazing, great film. I love the scenes between Pi and Richard Parker.
Favorite character: Pi Patel
Most memorable quote: “I suppose in the end, the whole of life becomes an act of letting go, but what always hurts the most is not taking a moment to say goodbye.”. – Adult Pi Patel –
Best scene: Pi tells Richard Parker that they’re dying. He lays the tigers head in his lap.
Director: Niki Caro
Cast: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Cliff Curtis, Rawiri Paratene, Vicky Haughton, Grant Roa
Description: A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize.
Opinion: This movie is so magical without being spectacular. What I mean is that not a lot of spectacular happens, but it keeps your attention at all times. It’s truly magnificent.
Favorite character: Paikea
Most memorable quote: “A long time ago, my ancestor Paikea came to this place on the back of a whale. Since then, in every generation of my family, the first born son has carried his name and became the leader of our tribe… until now.” – Paikea -
Best scene: Paikea rides the whale.
Director: Ruben Smit, Mark Verkerk
Cast: Harry Piekema (narrator)
Description: The Oostvaardersplassen, a nature reserve of high standard in the Netherlands. The reserve has been developed in a location that 40 years ago was under sea level in one of the most densely populated countries in the world. Nowadays, its the stage for a unique nature show: the nature determines the rhythm.
Opinion: You see so many great animal and nature documentaries about Africa, North America, Australia, you name it. But this film shows that a beautiful place shouldn’t have to be far away. It was filmed in my country, the Netherlands. I never say I'm proud of being Dutch, but this documentary shows us the parts we should be very proud of. Beautifully filmed, bombastic music.
Favorite character: -
Most memorable quote: “This is our country, like you’ve never seen it before” – Narrator -
Best scene: A young horse befriends a robin. When he dies, the little bird pays a final visit those his friend.
Favorite of the 3: Whale Rider