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." Now just because I said you should see this film on the big screen doesn't mean it is very good. It is very mediocre.
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. Not that anyone would care if there were spoilers. From the poser 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. Now, what the documentarians are showing us on screen in IMAX is breathtakingly beautiful, but isnt 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 mediocre that feels like it is missing something.
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. Like critics say about other films, To The Arctic is very forgettable. 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.The last few minutes was one of my favourite scenes, as it was alot of fun to watch and was very enjoyable. It may sound like I really disliked this movie, but the IMAX is amazing, and the movie but it was better than I excepted it to be, and 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.
To The Arctic is a beautifully filmed, at times depressing, and mediocre documentary, which to me fails to do what a documentary is supposed to do, and that is make me have learned something and want to make a difference in the world, based on the film I have just seen. I say, view this film for the IMAX and the cute animals alone.