Winged Migration

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For earthbound humans, Winged Migration is as close as any of us will get to sharing the sky with our fine feathered friends. It’s as if French director Jacques Perrin and his international crew of dedicated filmmakers had been given a full-access pass by Mother Nature herself, with the complete “cooperation” of countless species of migrating birds, all answering to eons of migratory instinct. The film is utterly simple in purpose, with minimal narration and on-screen titles… More >>

Winged Migration

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  1. i have watched many documentaries, i find them extremely interesting. but this was just “hey. look at birds!” while that truly was magical for about ten minutes, and the movie is gloriously shot, in the end it is nothing but watching birds. now i am all for watching birds, but i guess because there is such promise and occasionally facts are narrated that one assumed there is going to be a point to it all and there just isn’t. or an insight about birds that will amaze, nope. and then there is the problem with the moments of complete set up (the boy by the lake) that seem bizarrely orchestrated.

    while i can’t knock the look or the interest in birds that the film shows, in the end it’s lack of any and all defintion hurt it for me. if watching birds for 90 minutes is your bag it’ll be great for you.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. It’s like a 90-minute screensaver with bad music. Yeah, for a few minutes you’re thinking, “Wow, how did they get that shot,” and there are a few really funny moments, but how many shots of birds flying can you watch.

    The music is really annoying; it sounds like they … some poor boy to get the vocals.

    And the narrator has a really jarring French accent: …
    Rating: 2 / 5

  3. What a total disappointment. I am shocked at all the wonderful reviews I see here on Amazon. Nominated for best documentary? I’d hate to see what it was up against. I learned nothing from this film… Oh wait, let me correct myself.. I learned how far different species of birds fly. Big deal. I can get that information out of an encyclopedia. The only reason I gave this 2 stars, was simply because of the cinematography. It was awesome, but thats all it had to it.

    As stated in another review, the narration is not only barely existent (I would have liked to know what the birds were doing such as when they “walked on water”… Mating call? Male supremacy? Just having fun?).. I’ll never know, because we are never told anything. The little narration that there is, is from a mono toned, boring, unenthusiastic man. YAAAAWN. The soundtrack was pathetic. Since when did a high pitched 12 year old boy singing in french become enjoyable to listen to? Who wants to hear that?

    Without a doubt, you will learn more and get a lot more out of watching a migration of birds on the Discovery Channel or Animal Planet FOR FREE. This is BARELY worth rental fees, unless you want to see nice camera work.

    BOTTOM LINE: BORING!! Do yourself a favor and get “March of the Penguins”… Now thats one kick a** bird Documentary!
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. I fully agree with the other reviewers, but I didn’t take as kindly to the movie as a whole. a few points:

    1. There should DEFINITELY be some sort of dialogue a la PBS nature shows, so you actually LEARN something while watching the nice shots. This movie was killing my brain after a while.

    2. This movie is the “Faces of Death” of wildlife. Not in the good way, but rather watching the whole thing only to find out most of the movie was staged with captive-raised birds flown in different locations, instead of a real look at migrating birds.

    3. I’m almost certain the description on the DVD case claims the movie is about the migration of a flock of birds, and the journeys they take to do it. Turns out, it wasn’t even close to that, but rather different shots of different birds, and almost all the shots were just staged (see 2).

    Overall, the movie was just too long and shallow. They made a few scenes to keep your interest (crabs, traps, and hunters), but without a real story, narraration, or ANY form of useful information, it doesn’t sit well as a movie OR a documentary (I certainly wouldn’t call staged flights with pet birds a documentary)

    It’s a real shame, they could have done so much more with the footage. All it’s really good for now is cutting it down to a 1/2 hour and showing it at an I-MAX theater.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. If you like birds and the annoying noises they make, then this movie is for you! If hearing hours of bird noises doesn’t sound like a fin time to you then DO NOT see this movie. There were some funny parts when the birds slipped or something of that nature, but I was quite bored the entire time.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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