zaterdag 15 maart 2014

100 Movie Challenge 2014 - # 43: Chimpanzee

Director: Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 78 minutes
Year: 2012
Starring: Tim Allen (narrator)

Description: The 3-months-old chimpanzee Oscar is separated from his troop and is then adopted by the fully-grown male Freddy.

Review: There are only a few animals on our planet that have more in common with us humans then chimpanzees. Their mimics, skills and behavior are all very close to ours. In “Chimpanzee” it’s the very adorable baby chimp Oscar and alpha male Freddy we follow. In the first part of the film we learn about the interaction between Oscar and his caring mother Isha. From far a rivaling group of chimpanzees is lurking to strike. When that happens Oscar and his mother get separated and he finds a surrogate in Freddy. It’s very unusual for a male chimp to care for a baby that isn’t his own.
“Chimpanzee” is a beautiful film. The visuals are stunning, everything is very clear. Especially the night scene with Scar and his group, with thunder and lightning in the background. The story is also vibrant and engrossing. The behavior of these interesting creatures is well captured in detail.
It’s very Disney to create an opposition between huggable heroes and sardonic villains. Scar and his companions are invariably described as an unrestrained mob that is out plundering in the territory of Oscar. The contrast between the ‘good’ group of Freddy and Oscar and the villainous gang of Scar is too heavily exaggerated, because terms like good and bad in nature are barely usable and basically non-existent.
Still “Chimpanzee” is a stunning documentary that will grab people from all ages and keeps your attention at all times. Even with the few little flaws it has, it’s a film I would highly recommend.

Rating: 4/ 5

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