Why would I go to the cinema to watch a wildlife documentary?

Most people would have pretensions about going to the cinema to watch a wildlife documentary – as I did of course – but One Life shatters every stereotype about a wildlife film as it takes cinematography to a completely new level.

The visuals are breathtaking, the music spot on and there’s even a narrative which is cleverly told to bring the film to life. From Madagascar to Kenya, to Indonesia and Venezuela, One Life catapults you throughout the world to the most remote locations known to man. The story is told by Daniel Craig who wonderfully guides us through a story of trial and hope.

Naturally, you would expect the visuals to play an integral part in the film, but they were so profound and intricate that, at times, I thought I was watching a computer animation. Of course, high definition does do wonders, but the quality of the cinematography was stunning.

The film, although about wildlife, portrays a distinct narrative about trial and hope, and, in the process, powerfully personifies animals. The anthropomorphism is so potent that you’ll forget you are watching a documentary about wildlife, but when you see predators and prey battling for survival, you’re submerged straight back into the animal kingdom.

The only criticism, perhaps, is the way the film moves from one species to another without any real correlation. Maybe it was intended, but the way David Attenborough’s documentaries move seamlessly through each type of species has set a precedent.

One Life hits the cinema on July 22

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