Earth: One Amazing Day is a shining ode to our planet [Review]

Earth: One Amazing Day is a shining ode to our planet [Review]


There are more than zebras in this beautiful tribute to mother nature.
Photo: Golden Scene Company Limited

From glacial mountains to rainforest canopies to the African savannah, Earth: One Amazing Day explores life in all corners of the natural world, across the span of 24 hours.

The film’s opening is more or less the real-life version of The Lion King: the sun majestically rises, the animals begin to stir. Penguins stretch back their necks to greet the sun, rays leap out of the ocean, and a mother and baby panda dig heartily into their breakfast.

It’s the start of a new day, and the beginning of a journey into both the wonders and perils of nature.

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From BBC Earth films, this sequel to Earth presents captivating footage in such crisp high definition that audiences are drawn into each animal’s world on an almost anthropomorphic level.

From the baby zebra trying to make it across a river of crocodiles, to the lizard on the run from ravenous snakes, to the sloth in search of a companion, they all have a story to share.

Robert Redford’s narration was never going to be quite as delightful as David Attenborough’s, but who needs to worry about who’s speaking when the leading lady is the Earth and her co-star is the sun.

The film took three years to plan and four years to make – all to capture a single day on our planet.

If you ever need a reminder of how incredible our green and blue home is, this will do the job in 90 minutes. Earth: One Amazing Day is one unmissable documentary.

Edited by Nicole Moraleda

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This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
A shining ode to our planet


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