G) To The Arctic IMAX
Running Time: 40 Minutes.
2 stars out of 4.
To The Arctic is a 2012 documentary filmed almost entirely with IMAX cameras, and is narrated by 3 time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. This is a film meant to be seen on an IMAX screen, as it enhances the viewer experience, as at times I felt as if I was part of the movie as you get so immersed with the effects of IMAX that you "feel like you are part of the movie."
To The Arctic (IMAX) is a forty minute film, which is why I will NOT be giving a synopsis because my synopsis might give away the entire film. From the poster alone, you are given a mini synopsis, that gives away enough detail that might even make some people pay the IMAX price to see this. Based on the poster you already understand three things. 1. Meryl Streep is narrating. 2, The setting is the Arctic, and 3. Polar Bears are involved in the film.
To The Arctic was a surprise to me. Firstly, the narration by Meryl Streep and the score by Paul McCarthy are top notch. What the documentarians are showing us on screen in IMAX is breathtakingly beautiful, but is not very exiting. At times To The Arctic is boring, and at 40 minutes feels like 40 hours. The film has a depressing tone, and although the score is excellent, it does not match the sad tone of the film. This is one of those movies that is a mystery. It contains a good narrator, wonderful score, somewhat interesting story, and picture perfect IMAX filmed cinematography, but when you put this puzzle together you get something that left me unsatisfied.
I did enjoy parts of this film, but it has been a week since the screening and To The Arctic has kind of slipped out of my mind. The last few minutes contain humour, which I think is to uplift the audiences mood as to the sad footage they had seen in the last half hour. There were moments where I did enjoy myself and felt like I was learning something about polar bears, or the animal being shown, but the problem was those great moments did not last long.