To the Arctic Reviews

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September 3, 2012
They advertise it as a journey following a mother polar bear and her two twins, but we hardly see them because the film decides to use various narrators beside Meryl Streep to tell stories about other animals in the cold. This would have been okay if it didn't put so much emphasis on the polar bears being the main attraction. The other stories, though compelling, really take away from the flow of the 40 minute film.

Grade: B-
½ April 20, 2012
It was a really interesting and very cute nature documentary. It had stunning cinematography, great narration, songs, adventure and a great storyline. It's one of the best nature movies ever made. Nature lovers of all ages should enjoy this one.
½ May 7, 2015
I saw it in 3D, but it was boring... Sorry... IMAX camera quality is fantastic! Polar bears are cute! Meryl Streep's narration was nice! But still boring... Only 40 minutes, but I didn't enjoy it... Sorry...
April 22, 2014
Beautiful and has a lot of wow factor, especially the 3D IMAX intro is excellent for showing off your 3D system, but for the most part, this doc tries too much in a short amount of time which adds up to a lot of nothing. Still definitely worth watching, even if it's just for the intro and opening credits (which are so 3D gimmicky that it is shameful).
November 9, 2013
"Climate change propoganda"? Wow. Some people so resolutely refuse to pull their heads out of their deep, deep states of denial. 95% consensus of scientists worldwide believe the earth climate system is "unequivocally warming". It's a beautiful movie, and a shame that some refuse to see beyond their far right wing political blinders.
October 28, 2013
I was so excited to experience an area of the world I will never get to visit. Instead, I was extremely disappointed. It's completely a piece of propaganda for global warming, a movement that can no longer claim science is on its side. Should be renamed. Maybe "Hollywood Preaches Global Warming, Again".
½ October 4, 2013
Even if you ignore the annoying Climate Change propraganda this is still a very weak documentary with little more than vague off at a distance footage of the animals and covers nothing you won't see in other much better nature documentaries like BBCs excellent Frozen Planet
½ September 7, 2013
photography was dazzing so as the climate change story
½ August 18, 2013
Annoying WB music...
May 16, 2013
You could here the eco-nuts imprint all over this movie. Overshadows the great shots and pictures they filmed.
½ May 11, 2013
A good film on Mother's day.
½ April 29, 2013
Realize the effect of climate change to wildlife.
I want the film is longer than 40 minutes :).
½ April 3, 2013
Essentially filler aside from one suspenseful sequence. Even with the outstanding footage, it is a chore to watch due to the overbearing narration and meandering story.
½ February 24, 2013
Nothing you haven't seen before.
January 23, 2013
Total Propaganda. 40 minutes of some great photography overwhelmed by inappropriate music, biased narrative with inaccurate facts, and boring narration.
November 25, 2012
A beautiful and important film! Anyone the least bit concerned about the impact of climate change on arctic wildlife should go see To the Arctic.
½ October 6, 2012
To The Arctic 3D is a beautifully shot IMAX documentary regarding the northern polar region and how climate change is affecting the ecosystem there. The film focuses primarily on a mother polar bear raising her two cubs amid the scarcity of food, the threat of other desperately starving polar bears, and the immensity of the region itself. The film also touches on the other wildlife in the region, the eskimos that call the Arctic home, and the scientists studying the ecosystem, but the primary focus is on the polar bear family and their struggle to survive.

The IMAX format is perfect for a nature documentary such as this, conveying the sheer size and scope of the Arctic better than any traditional film format ever could achieve. In addition, the film is one of the best examples of 3D in use today. With the exception of some cheesy "objects flying at you" effects during the main titles, the 3D adds depth and definition to a predominantly white environment, providing a better sense of the depth of the ridges along the arctic shelf, as well as the rockiness of mountains and rough surfaces of what would otherwise appear like smooth islands of ice floating in the ocean.

That said, the film is not without its problems. The narration by Meryl Streep does not provide a whole lot of background on the region, opting instead to comment on the action on-screen, adding a little bit of context to what is happening. She's also somewhat removed from relaying the urgency of how endangered the Arctic region is by the the effects of global warming. The music is over-the-top, inappropriately bombastic and out of tune with the starkness of the environment and the everyday behavior of the polar bear family. Had the music been more subdued, the urgency of the situation as well as the sad nature of watching an ecosystem slowly falling apart could have been more easily conveyed.

Songs by Paul McCartney have been added to the film as well, but they seem out of place as well. Classic Beatles and Wings songs are used at moments throughout the film, but the familiarity of these songs makes it difficult to juxtapose any new meaning when paired with the visuals on-screen. The less familiar songs attempt to add a human element to the wild polar bears, attempting to anthropomorphize emotions animals don't have. Like the musical score, the songs are more distracting than enhancing the film.

Despite these criticisms, the overall spectacle of the imagery, augmented by an effective use of 3D, makes this film worth seeing. If you're at a museum, and what to experience nature in a larger-than-life window, you can't go wrong seeing the Arctic in 3D.
April 23, 2012
This movie is falsely advertised. The trailer claimed it to be about a polar bear family and to have new footage of a polar bear mom and her cubs. Instead the movie had only 10-15 minutes of polar bear footage (some that was already in the trailer and some that I've seen on Frozen Planet) and the rest was about humans studying the arctic. SAVE YOUR MONEY TO PURCHASE THE FROZEN PLANET DVDS! This movie is horrible.
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