Wednesday, April 24 2013, 03:20 AM MDT
Blu-ray Review: Wings of Life
Street Date: April 16, 2013
Available On: DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo
The Film: A look at how butterflies, bees, birds bats and flowers interact to help keep each other alive and help to supply the world with its food supply.
The Extras: Sneak Peek at Disneynature's upcoming feature “Bears”
Recommendation: “Wings of Life” is a gorgeous film that doesn’t seem to really know what it is about. Its original title was “Pollen,” which apparently was too honest because focus of the film is generally about plants, rather than wildlife, and while this could have been interesting the presentation is rather dry and ponderous. Meryl Steep doesn’t narrate the film as much as she acts as a collective voice for the plants. I understand that personifying plants might sound like a good idea, particularly when this documentary clearly wants to reach a young audience, but in this case it fails miserably. I was incredibly bored after 20 minutes; I can only imagine that a child would become disinterested in half that time. You’d be better served picking up Disneynature’s overlooked classic “The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos.”
-Ryan Michael Painter