Details from IMDB:
Born in China (2016)
Venturing into the wilds of China, “Born in China” captures intimate moments with a panda and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.
I haven’t seen a documentary in theaters in a long time (a few years I think) and this past weekend as it was Earth Day (and that meant Disney would give money to the World Wildlife Foundation) we decided to go.
I had listened to an interview with the director of this movie (and saw it got good reviews) so it was always my intention to go. Disney does a good job with nature documentaries and this one is no exception. My wife was also happy that this was narrated by John Krasinski
(who was excellent in 13 hours
) and I felt going knowing some of the money from ticket sales would go to a good cause.
The movie was good, the scenery was amazing and I enjoyed the narration. While there were little kids there (and the tone was mostly light) I appreciated how they did address the harshness of nature and talked about how the snow leopard is an endangered species. I also enjoyed how they had 3 different groups of animals and you got to see a year in the life of each of them.
I don’t think it’s possible to spoil a documentary (well not usually anyway) so I’ll just say that here one of the animals dies. It’s not a gory death and it is handled well, still I don’t think it may be the best thing for a four or five year old to see (unless you are ready for some questions). I would say ages 8+ to really get the meaning and importance of this movie. I found this was the perfect length (at under an hour and half) and I thought the bonus clips at the end which showed the people behind the cameras were a nice touch. 8 out of 10 from me and if you like documentaries a solid recommendation. I’m listening to a new book now but next time could still be a movie review, until then!