Watch them march to the very extremes of extremis, though, and it's easy to feel awe. Life must beget life, whatever the cost.
Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them).
French director Luc Jacquet and a team of incredibly brave (and heavily bundled) documentary filmmakers captured this complicated mating ritual with strikingly crisp photography that's both grand and intimate.
A touch David-Attenborough-TV-special in places, but beautifully filmed and dripping with drama, joy and heartbreak.
| Original Score: 3/5
The avian protagonists' comical ungainliness on land and deadpan manner make for adorable viewing, while the austere, glacial landscape is consistently breathtaking.
| Original Score: 4/5
The love story may be tenuous, but the penguins are undeniably sweet and silly, sliding on their bellies, and the impossibly cute chicks offer up plenty of slapstick.
With such incredible subject matter, March Of The Penguins cannot help but hold the attention. It's impossible not to warm to the penguins.
It set the bar high for future documentaries.
plays like a high-end Discovery Channel special, but it's compelling and beautiful just the same, exuding a love for its subject matter that's infectious
| Original Score: 3/4
...a glorious documentary about the remarkable mating cycle of "emperor" penguins.
| Original Score: A
Did I love it? No. Did I like it? Sure.
This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before.
It's a rather offensively human-centered approach to what should be a mystifying and beautiful experience.
| Original Score: 2/5
Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.
Though it seems like a somewhat wasted opportunity to shed some light on these creatures, you can't fault Mr. Jacquet for his efforts.
| Original Score: 2/4
Director Jacquet has cleverly figured out a way to anthropomorphise his wondrous, web-footed subjects, as they deal with hunger, rejection, loss, loneliness, and sensuality.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment.
Director Luc Jacquet captures some remarkable nature shots, getting up close and documenting the entire frigid process, yet the film itself plays like little more than a PBS special.
It's a missed opportunity to make a great documentary, but still decent family entertainment, with awe-inspiring Antarctic scenery and some very cute stars.
March of the Penguins is a staggeringly beautiful film about the breeding cycle of the toughest birds on Earth, the emperor penguins of Antarctica.