Saturday, April 26, 2014

Movie Review: "Bears" (2014)

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Director: Alastair Fothergill and Keith Scholey
Rating: G
Running Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes

A mother bear and her two newborn cubs emerge from hibernation and begin their long trek to the ocean in search of salmon to prepare themselves for next winter's hibernation.

We didn't know until the movie started playing that John C. Reilly did the narration for this DisneyNature film. I really enjoyed his narrating skills because this movie seemed a lot more playful and fun as opposed to other nature documentaries we have seen. I think his voice, especially since being featured in "Wreck-It Ralph," lends itself to children-friendly movies when he's not too busy paling it up with Will Ferrell and company. BigJ didn't particularly care for his voice-overs and found the dialogue sometimes corny and very "Milo and Otis"-y, like he was reading a storybook to a five-year-old. He did voices for each "character," and while I appreciated this, he did not.

All this aside, we think what Disney does each Earth Day (which was yesterday, so HAPPY EARTH DAY!!!), releasing a new feature-length documentary, is a pretty cool tradition, and this movie is heartwarming, informational, and of course, visually stunning. Of course, they want to not only showcase the journey of the animals but parallel that with the emotion of what it's like to be part of a family. "Bears" is no exception here, and you find yourself heartbroken to learn that not many bear cubs last beyond the first year of their lives. Knowing this, audiences really pull for Sky and her two cubs Scout and Amber, which they are affectionately named.

Overall, Disney does a good job portraying the plight of a young mother and her cubs and all the dangers they face. They know their Earth Day niche. Bears are cute and cuddly and I want one.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 7.8/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 89%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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